When I was traveling in Cairo, I had the opportunity to stay at the Mena House Oberoi which is a beautiful hotel located 700 meters from the pyramids in Giza. We watched the sunrise and had coffee on our outdoor balcony in the morning gazing at these wonders of the ancient world.
After leaving early, our tour guide was able to purchase tickets to go inside the Great Pyramid of Giza which was amazing. Only about 125 people are allowed entrance each day which equates to 125,000 per year so we were very lucky!
The Great Pyramid, also known as the Pyramid of Cheops, is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It is also the largest pyramid in the Giza Necropolis on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt with construction starting in BC 2584!
So now onto talking about food! To add to a truly incredible day, I had delicious gluten and dairy free lunch in one of the restaurants at the Mena House Oberoi and continued to soak in the incredible sights.
After explaining to the waiter in English that I was allergic to gluten, dairy and fish, I attempted to communicate these same requirements in Arabic learned from my 6 hours of Arabic language lessons! I also presented the waiter with my Arabic dining card. The waiter assured me, in English, that they have a number of gluten free customers which greatly increased my comfort level.
After discussing the menu options, ingredients and food preparation with the waiter & manager, I was served a safe and tasty 3 course meal free from gluten, dairy, fish and shellfish. Even had wine to top it all off. My friends, who can eat anything, also loved their meals!
I would highly recommend staying at the Mena House Oberoi, going inside the Great Pyramid of Giza if you can get tickets and experience the food at the restaurants. The Mena House Oberoi also has a great spa and outdoor pool for additional relaxation!
It is one of those adventures that I will always treasure!
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