Most of us have wanted to see the pyramids since we were kids. After all, they are the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still extant. Finally standing on the Giza Plateau, I was struck by a comment from a New Yorker: "Once you've seen Manhattan skyscrapers, the Pyramids are no big deal." I bet he has never actually stood next to them. They are impressive! And everywhere we went around Cairo, our eyes were always drawn back to the pyramids. Their distinctive shape and massive bulk stand out amidst the merely vertical skyscrapers, apartments and minarets that dot Cairo. Even from other sites farther down the Nile, you could look back and see the Great Pyramids in the distance. The more we traveled in Egypt, the more we understood the Pyramids and the people that built them. All the mysticism gave way to a profoundly human story, and made the achievement of their builders 45 centuries ago even more awe inspiring.