It's not as bad as it sounds Mick.Originally Posted by ukwdwnut, post: 259728
We went a few years back and whilst there was an armed guard on the bus, no-one else actually realised. It was only because Chris and I were sat at the front that we saw the machine gun under the man at the front's suit jacket.
The reason they have done this was after the attacks at the Egyptian museum, they found that tourists weren't going so they decided to make people feel safer.
I actually felt sorry for the local people, we were in a convoy of buses and there was an open back truck in front with 2 police outriders on bikes. Whenever we got to traffic lights, the police stopped all the traffic so the buses could carry on without stopping. Whether this was because we were on a tour I don't know, but to me it didn't feel "right" that local people should be treated like this
I was glad when we went to the Sphinx though, because they kept the beggars at bay. It was amazing to see, but I was also disappointed at the same time - it was all about making money