That night we stayed up again traveling on the all night bus. More on that adventure later. For now all I will say is DO NOT TAKE AN ALL NIGHT BUS IN EGYPT. Duh, I know, but really...don't.
After arriving in Cairo just after sunrise, we returned to our wonderful guest house overlooking the pyramids. It's just hard to get enough of their hospitality - and location. They welcomed us with open arms even though we had no reservation and were arriving for the night at 8 a.m. Did I mention the royal Arab hospitality? It's incredible. We rested for a bit, were offered a free breakfast like family, and headed out to visit two lingering pyramids.
An Italian traveler joined us, splitting the cost of the taxi, and we headed to the so-called "Bent" pyramid, and Red pyramid. The "Bent" pyramid, formally known as the Darshur pyramid, really is bent. It was definitely worth the visit. We were the ONLY people in the area, making it even more enjoyable. It was the true walk in the desert and stumble across a huge pyramid dream come true. Complete with sand in our shoes.
We confirm that the stone of this larger pyramid does in fact have a red hue to it - and comes with a little extra adventure. There are other pyramids you can crawl into for a short ways, but usually this leads only to one small chamber. This one allows you to climb up the side to an entrance in the middle, and descend into its very core through multiple chambers. Aside from the incredibly foul, mysterious stench - it was great!
If you do this trip, plan on sore legs. Descending/ascending the slippery slope tunnels requires walking like you're doing lunges while ducking at the same time. The very long ramp allows quite the workout. My legs are aching in memory.
Here are a few pics of the Darshur and Red pyramids:
Next stop - Istanbul, Turkey. Our new favorite city.