Monthly Archives: April 2013
“Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” -cooper
The pyramids were everything we dreamed of and more! Zak hooked us up!!! We had access to inside a pyramid and got to climb up one! Thanks, Zak. You are incredible.
We saw King Tut’s tomb and mummies!
We visited The Egyptian Antiquities Museum in Cairo, known more commonly as the Egyptian Museum. It houses the largest collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts in the world.
The museum owes its existence to the Egyptian Antiquities Service, established by the Egyptian government in 1835 to limit the looting of Egypt’s priceless artifacts.
When you’re looking around, you can’t believe how old this stuff is- we’re talking 3 to 4,000 years! The kids liked the mummies the best. They were freaky to look at when you first walked in the room, but then they become intriguing and you want to learn their story. Some are so well preserved- you can tell exactly what they looked like when they were alive. Lennon was excited because he said that one lady mummy was giving him a thumbs up! (I actually found a picture on the Internet of the mummy Lennon was talking about.)
Our guide, Mohammed, explained to us that the reason why a lot of the mummies seem to have large noses is because the technique to remove the brain back then consisted of taking a tool with a hook on the end of it and pulling the brain down and out through the nostrils. Ouch!
We were not allowed to bring a camera in (bummer) so I took a couple photos off of the Internet- best I could do. We could have spent a few hours just looking at King Tut’s tomb and artifacts. While we were staring at it all, we kept looking at each other like ‘I can’t believe we are in Egypt right now seeing all this!!!!’ We were excited beyond words! Life is good!
Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates.
When we walked up to this mosque- prayer time was beginning. It was beautiful to hear the singing (chanting?) and see the entrance to the mosque- this place pristine.
Emirates Palace- this fancy hotel was once a palace
When we got to this hotel, a guard said we had to have “appropriate clothing” on (long pants and shirts.) Pierre and Florence had prepared us for this, so we had our backpack packed. Most of Maddux’s clothes were in the wash so we brought (what I call) his “Indian lounge outfit.” He was so mad! Emerson and I couldn’t stop laughing- he looked so cute. As soon as we got in the hotel and he saw someone in a tshirt, he took off the shirt and threw it.
The first picture is of an ablution room- below is the definition:
“a cleansing with water or other liquid, especially as a religious ritual”
You see these rooms everywhere since many Muslims pray five times per day and usually wash before they enter a prayer room.
We also noticed that people around these parts like gold! Everything is either actual gold or gold plated. Ooh-la-la!