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Ultimate Guide: Great Pyramids w/ Kids

 

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Traveling Off the Beaten Path with Kids

When we announced our first pregnancy with our friends and family, they were delighted. Then, inevitably, the comments like, “Well, I guess that’s the end of your travel,” “You won’t be able to travel anymore once the baby comes,” and “Traveling with kids is just too expensive.” We politely objected, but nobody really believed us.

5 years and 12 countries later (including a second child born abroad), I think they finally understand that the wanderlust runs deep with us and our kids are delighted to come along for the adventure. No one batted an eye when we decided on a whim to take our 2 year old and newborn on a tour of Egypt for Christmas 2 years ago. The pictures just popped up in my TimeHop and I couldn’t resist sharing them with you.

The Great Pyramids of Giza

We spent over a week exploring Alexandria and Luxor, but no trip to Egypt would be complete without a trip to the Great Pyramids of Giza. We’re pretty experienced at traveling with small children (check out my husband’s blog for tips on traveling with kids). This was Bear’s first international vacation as we had just recently received his passport; he was 3 months old and his big brother was 2. We hired a fantastic guide {Emad Saleem from Memphis Tours} at the recommendation of our friend Paul, who had been there just a month earlier. Normally, I do all aspects of vacation planning and research myself but with a toddler and newborn I was happy to have a bit of help. He was so incredibly helpful at arranging transportation, haggling with vendors, finding great restaurants, and providing tickets and passes for our sightseeing.

We arrived at the pyramids at midday. Marc wanted to take Bird inside the pyramid, but the baby was hungry so I stayed at the base to nurse him. If you want to read about Marc’s experience taking a 2 year old inside the pyramid, check out his post here. I chatted with Emad and he took some photos of me and Bear. I met some interesting tourists from Russia and we chatted about the places we’d been; it turns out we were both in Mexico at the same time in the same small town during our honeymoon in 2005! Small world indeed.

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Mama and Bear at the base of the Great Pyramid of Giza
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Daddy and Bird at the top of the pyramid

After about 25 minutes the boys came out of the pyramid and we rode a camel over to the Great Sphinx of Giza. If you’ve never ridden a camel, it’s a pretty awkward means of travel. Especially when you’re wearing your baby in a mei tai baby carrier. I’m fairly seasoned at riding camels, as I live in the Middle East, but Egyptian camels are about twice the size of every other camel I’ve ever seen. Freaking huge. It’s not for the faint of heart!

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Babywearing on a camel–did I just invent a thing?!

The Great Sphinx of Giza

By this time, the kids were a bit tired and cranky. Note my 2 year old’s enthusiasm at posing for more pictures here:

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The reality of travel with kids.

The baby perked up a bit after nursing again (in case you were concerned that he is not positioned properly in the baby carrier, it was simply because I was wearing him low to breastfeed. We were taking so many photos, and I didn’t want to reposition the carrier each time we stopped for more). The opportunities for cheesy tourist photos were too tempting to pass up:

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Cheesy, I know. Sorry.  The baby looked up from his snack just long enough to be embarrassed by his mother for the first time ever.

Memories for a lifetime

We spent the remainder of the evening enjoying room service and wine on our balcony and reflecting on our day. Traveling with kids, especially babies and toddlers, is exhausting but so totally worth it. I recommend using a baby carrier, especially if you’re headed to an off-the-beaten-path place like Egypt. (Can you imagine us trying this with a stroller?) I have an extensive collection of baby wraps and carriers, but I brought this Infantino mei tai especially to donate to an Egyptian mother at the end of our trip. I found a sweet mama in rural Luxor who was struggling with her small kids and shopping and showed her how to position her older baby in a back carry. She was grateful, and I was grateful to have shared her beautiful country, so it was a win-win for both of us.

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Sunset with a view.

Has Egypt always been on your bucket list? Have you already stopped though? Please let me know in the comments and if you have any questions about our trip, just let me know.

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