Welcome to my blog which incorporates my two passions: French and travel! Today, we will travel to the mysterious land of Egypt where I was born. I went back many years after I had left it and took a coach tour to revisit the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza which I remembered visiting when I was very young. The pyramids were built on a rocky plateau in northern Egypt. Tourism is Egypt’s second largest source of revenue and the pyramids are a great attraction.
There are three pyramids at Giza: the Great Pyramid built by Khufu which is the largest, the one built by his son, Khafre and the smallest one which was built by Khafre’s son and which is half the size of Khufu’s. The Great Pyramid is the only one left of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World. They are now part of UNESCO’s world Heritage sites. Robbers have stripped the pyramids of their burial goods and their limestone casing. The Sphinx is an enigmatic sculpture – it has the body of a lion and the head of a man. It is not clear whether it was commissioned by Khufu or his son, Khafre, but it remains a symbol of Egypt. It has recently undergone a large renovation to stop it from degrading further. Sand storms can be quite deadly in Egypt and they erode stone sculptures. Between the paws of the Sphinx lies a stele (a stone slab used for recording important information). The stele tells the story of a young prince who fell asleep near the Sphinx. He dreamed that the Sphnx told him he would become king of Egypt if he cleared the sand covering the Sphinx up to its neck away.
After you visit to these great wonders, take a trip up to the Citadel and see the Mosque of Muhammed Ali or take a trip down the river Nile, eat delicious food and be entertained by belly dancing.
la pyramide = the pyramidpyramide
mystérieux = mysterious mysterieux
le pays = land pays
nous allons voyager = we are going to travel nousallons
énigmatique = enigmatic enigmatic
l’Egypte = Egypt egypte
une tempête de sable = a sand storm tempete de sable
la sculpture = the sculpture sculpture
le corps = the body corps
le lion = the lion lion
le prince = the prince prince
le sable = sand sable
le cou = the neck cou
bâti par = built by bati par