Vintage Egypt in the 1920's
~ Travelling in Egypt today I am once again reminded just how different everything has become
~ Looking through old vintage photographs of this ancient sacred site..
I see women climbing on top of the pyramid in their pretty little day time outfits, people strolling leisurely across the sphinx and zeppelings flying over the giza plateau
~ today .. the pyramids are heavily guarded and on my last visit an entire new fencing structure had been erected that tunnels busload after busload of tourists up the giza plateau
~ it is no longer possible to climb the great pyramid
...although a few hundreds of dollars on "baksheesh" exchanged at the dark of night and a willing guide can get anyone up to the top in the wee morning hours after an exhausting "decoy track" trough the desert sands ..
~ The view from the top is breathtaking and the energy simply ... ah well ... so I have been told ;-)
~ In the 1920's perfectly aligned palmtree avenues sheltered the approach to the plateau with European taking an "exotic" vacation in the comfortable surroundings of the hotel with splendid views of the 3 main pyramids at giza
~ Further along on the river nile one can imagine the sailboats cryising along with ladies and gentlement of 1920's nobility shading themselves from the sun
~ Today it has almost become impossible to photograph the pyramids from the Nile side..
as house upon houses block the view as the center of cairo industrializes