Travel notes:


While talking about Egypt, it may seem that I am an Egyptologist. I managed to visit Egypt about 10 times. Archaeologists, philologists and historians specializing in this country obviously come more often.

Let's start with the first visit. It was 2007. They say that you should come to Egypt for the beautiful and densely populated sea with fish. I, in the company with which I arrived, seemed to be there only for the sake of the excursion program.

In a fairly short period of time, in addition to the planes Moscow → Sharm El Sheikh → Moscow, the following also fit into the middle: Sharm El Sheikh → Cairo → Sharm El Sheikh and Sharm El Sheikh → Luxor → Sharm El Sheikh. What did I manage to see?

The Egyptian pyramids at Giza are one of the Seven Wonders of the World and are among the largest structures ever built by man. The age of the largest of them, the Cheops pyramid, is estimated at 4,500 years. The edges of the pyramids are precisely oriented to the four cardinal directions. The Pyramid of Cheops from 2560 BC to 1311 AD, it turns out that for 3,871 years, it was considered the tallest structure on the planet. Historians do not fully understand how people of that time with the technology of that time could build a pyramid in which the weight of stone blocks varies from 2.5 tons to 35 tons, it is only known that during the 20 years of construction, about 100,000 people were involved. Personally, I think it was simply teleported from space and the bones were scattered to create a solid alibi.

Also raising questions is the appearance of the Sphinx, the largest single-stone statue in the world with a size of 73x20 meters and dated 2559 BC. Today, modern builders with a drill, grinder and laser level meter cannot build something like this. Especially if you look at how “through the ass” both houses are built and apartments are renovated.

I remember my visit to the Cairo Egyptian Museum for its very powerful and heavy energy. The museum has 160 thousand exhibits, including artifacts of the pharaohs, personal belongings, gold and other relics of that mysterious time.

But visiting the tombs in Luxor was not difficult from an energetic point of view, it was only difficult to drive and walk these colossal distances where there are multiple burial places of ancient pharaohs. And it’s true that there are many of them in the history of ancient Egypt: Cheops, Djoser, Ramses, Akhenaten, Hatshepsut, Pepi, Thutmose, Ahmose, Amenhotep, Khufu, Tutankhamun, Cleopatra, Menes, Khafre, Mykerinus - you know many of them from history or cinema.

In between the stories that relate to humanity, there is one place that is formed in itself by the power of mother nature. This is the Colored Canyon, which is a five-kilometer fault that arose as a result of an earthquake. The canyon is famous for its natural patterns and vibrant colors that originated from the sea that was previously located here.

The next stop is religious in nature. This is the holy Mountain of Moses, on which, according to the Christian Bible, God gave Moses the 10 commandments, carved on stone tablets. A huge number of tourists and believers make a pilgrimage on foot every day to the peak of the mountain, which is 2,285 meters high. They say that meeting the dawn on the top of a mountain accompanies cleansing from sins. At the foot of the mountain is the monastery of St. Catherine, on the territory of which there is a Christian relic - the Burning Bush.

According to legend, it was like this. When Moses was tending his father-in-law's sheep, he saw that the thorn bush was burning, but was not consumed, he approached it and heard the voice of God. The Lord called him to go to Egypt and free the Jewish people. Moses did just that and for a long time convinced Pharaoh to give the “Sons of Israel” freedom. Pharaoh refused until the “ten plagues” came upon Egypt, only after which, being frightened, he released them. For forty years, the prophet Moses led the people through the mountainous area where they first heard the voice of the Lord and a miracle happened again - lightning flashed and thunder rang out. God told Moses to go up to the top, where after spending 40 days in a cave, upon his return he relayed the commandments handed down to him.

Then in Egypt I bought a gold pendant for my neck - “ank” - a symbol of eternity. And I wore it for some time until at one point the silver chain on which the cross hung fell apart. The chain didn’t just break, it crumbled in my hands. I took this as a sign that there should be no mixing of the symbols of the two religions and if I need the Christian protection of God, then everything else must be abandoned.

Since my first visit, I have returned to Egypt several times, but have not taken any more excursions. These were ordinary inexpensive tours to both Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh in the middle “five” with a hotel type of vacation. Noisy streets, pestering merchants, numerous cafes with hookah for a dollar and affordable whiskey-Cola cocktails are another calling card of tourist Egypt. During a certain period of time, the cost of travel and the four-hour flight were the determining factors.

But it is worth recognizing that Egypt has a very beautiful Red Sea, which is one of the best for both snorkeling and scuba diving.

Egypt - like for its powerful history and beautiful sea. I highly recommend watching the movie “Revelations of the Pyramids.”