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See the Pyramids of Saqqara with an Egyptian Visa

July 10th, 2010
When you visit Egypt, the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx are must-sees, of course. However, unless you are seriously short on time, don't spend all of your time at Giza, home of the most famous sites.  Many of the tombs at Saqqara are even older than the pyramids at Giza. They are also far less crowded and equally interesting, especially if you are interested in Egyptian history. Saqqara is the home of the very first pyramid, the Step Pyramid of Djoser. Unlike its more famous descendents, the Step Pyramid of Djoser is not smooth-sided but rather built to resemble a series of steps leading up into heaven. According to Gadling, a couple of gorgeous painted tombs have been discovered recently, along with the tomb of a royal scribe. To visit Egypt and see Saqqara, American citizens are re


Egyptian Visa Requirements to Visit the Valley of the Whales

May 22nd, 2010
65 million years ago, the Mediterranean sea was larger, and its coastline was located much further south than it is today.  These warm waters and ancient mangrove forests were ruled by Basilosaurus, giant 60-foot-long sea mammals that were the ancestors of today's whales and dolphins. The sea retreated, and eventually the ocean floor turned into the Egyptian desert. However, the skeletons of many of the great beasts were preserved as fossils.  In the Valley of the Whales, this week's featured UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can walk on what was once an ancient seabed, and see the fossilized remains of Flipper's oldest relatives (h/t Bootsnall.) The fossils are the earliest known record of the whale family- some of them even still have the remnants of legs! The Valley of the Whales


Travel Visa Requirements To Follow in the Footsteps of Alexander the Great

May 21st, 2010
From 336 to 323 BC, the Macedonian army, led by Alexander the Great, blazed through the Middle East as Alexander strove to conquer Darius, the king of Persia.  Although Alexander's reign was short, his impact on history was tremendous. Now, reporter Theodore May is retracing the path the army took, on foot. Currently in Lebanon, he is blogging about his journey here.  For real-time updates, you can also check out his Twitter feed here. Of course, travel visas weren't really an issue back when Alexander the Great traveled this route. Even if they had been, I seriously doubt he would have cared. You, however, are not Alexander the Great, and you don't have the entire Macedonian army at your back. If you want to undertake a similar journey, researching travel visa requirements is an


Getting an Egyptian Visa To See The Pyramids

October 9th, 2009
"I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shatter'd visage lies..." Ozymandias, by Percy Bysshe Shelley The pyramids of Egypt have captivated the world for thousands of years. In fact, the Great Pyramid was named the 7th Wonder of the Ancient World around 140 BC by the Greek writer Antipater of Sidon. It's the only monument on the list that's still standing! There are actually several different pyramid groups in Egypt, but the pyramids of Giza (which include the Great Pyramid) are the most frequently visited by tourists.  When you visit Giza, you can also see the famous statue of the Great Sphinx, the subject of the poem at the beginning of the post. The Sphinx remains a myst