We had such a great time at the Cairo Museum this morning . Of course Bling and Mini B especially liked the “shake down” and “belly squeeze” at all 3 security checks and Bling swears the security scanner is a tanning booth. She has a pretty nice glow by now!! There is nothing cuter than to see the big tough security guards try not to crack a smile when they squeeze the panda bellies!!
The King Tut exhibit was incredible and I was especially taken with the hundreds of jewelry items found between the layers of his mummy wrapping.
We left the museum blown away by the sheer number of Egyptian Artifacts and history inside and regrouped our wits with a cold drink at the the Nile Hotel across the street. After that it was off on a scarab hunt and eyes wide open for a good Eye of Horus Amulet.
You can see above I scored BIGTIME on a sterling and glass Eye of Horus HUGE pendant with hand made filigree
Here I am in front of one of the Treasure Shops!! I wish I had gotten a photo taken with the proprieter but he had us married with many many children by the time I escaped. He was a swarthy Egyptian man who tried EVERYTHING to get me to leave Steve. OMG he was serious. He even asked me if I had a daughter…lol!
ABOVE ARE THE FRONT SIDES OF THE 3 LAPIS LAZULI AND STERLING PENDANTS I GOT FROM HIM TOO
Of course Steve didnt’ help at all by offering to let me go for 2 camels and a goat!!!!! The guy apparently thought Steve was serious because he didn’t laugh and his expression got worried..UNTIL I insisted I was worth more than 2 camels and a goat. He finally figured out we were joking but the poor fella thought he might get stuck with me!!
SIDE VIEW OF THESE INCREDIBLY DETAILED SCARABS
AND THATS NOT ALL..EVEN THE BACKS ARE AS SCRUMPTIOUS AS THE FRONTS!!
ABOVE ARE SOME OF THE FINELY DETAILED SCARABS PURCHASED FROM THE BEAD STORE YESTERDAY
AND AGAIN, THE BACKS AS BEAUTIFULLY CARVED AS THE FRONTS
2 VERY LARGE SCARABS. THE BLUE LAPIS LAZULI ONE IS NATURAL AND FLAWLESS
BACK DETAIL ON THE LAPIS SCARAB
By this time we were hot and tired so we decided to chill out by poolside on the rooftop! What a wonderful pool and garden they have.
Some traditional Egyptian Mezza (hummus, eggplant dip,tahini,tabbouleh, and minced meat spicy tidbits with yogurt) and a glass of Egyptian wine for me, a local beer for Steve (Sakkara) and we spent the afternoon in the shade with a great rooftop breeze wafting over us.
You know me…it’s hard to sit still so while I was up there I posted a new AUDIO BOO!!
And as far as photos from the Egyptian Museum…no go on that one! We were instructed to leave our cameras behind in a safe box. I can’t complain because I really hate seeing people not pay attention to the NO FLASH rule as it fades and deteriorates the exhibits. At the Louvre there were cameras everywhere and NO FLASH is no big deal, but it would be terrible to see a priceless painting destroyed over time because of those who don’t listen.