Spent an exhausting day at Dashur & Saqqara today - fantastic! Dashur was extra special with no-one selling anything & us just soaking up the environment.
But after reading all the hype about the restoration & reopening just last month (with fanfare, ministers & Zahi Hawass) of the "new" Old Kingdom tomb of Mehu at Saqqara, we were disappointed that it firmly locked up (but it had a spanking new sign). We'd even bought tickets for it.
Later we also found Mereruka's tomb locked up (we'd bought separate tickets for that too) but our driver found a guard nearby (5 were milling around Teti's pyramid) who reluctantly & eventually went & got a key & opened it.
There was no one near Mehu's tomb earlier & we didn't realise that perhaps someone might be fetched to open it? Would this be the case?
Disappointing to come from around the world & miss out (this happened in the Naples Archaeological Museum too where whole wings for Pompeii frescoes & artefacts are closed for the day because of staffing absences or "cutbacks")