Photos: Pyramids — Blockbuster Egypt
Historically, tourism has been a leading sector in Egypt's economy. At the moment, most of its tourist industry is beach resorts . . . basically gated resort communities catering to masses of Russians eager for a sun break. Beyond that, the cultural tourist circuit of its great ancient sites (Giza pyramids, monuments and temples of Luxor, Abu Simbel, and so on) is a must on anyone's lifetime bucket list. But all of those travelers are staying away. The great sites of Egypt are wide open with police guards standing by . . . and almost no tourists. In my first week in Egypt, touring nearly all its top ancient sites, I saw tourists, but I never saw an American. Apparently my compatriots from "the land of the free and the home of the brave" are pretty susceptible to scary TV coverage.