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    Take me to the Meridian....

    by kenmerk Written Jan 3, 2004

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    Favorite thing: If you want to go to the Hard Rock Cafe in Cairo for a burger and/or a t-shirt, it is located in the Hyatt hotel, which is one of the tallest buildings right downtown on the Nile...

    One would think that taxis drivers would easily know where the Hyatt is, but this is not the case... (I tried 4 or 5 different cabbies)

    But if you tell them to take you to the Meridian, they will take you to the Hyatt....(I guess the Hyatt is relatively new there... or used to be called the Meridian or something like that...)

    Another strategy would be to say " Take me to the Nile", and then point at it, and say "that tall one over there...."

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    Maadi within Cairo!!

    by DunaKal Written May 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: I first visited Maadi back in 2001 and I fell in love with it immidetly,it`s full of greenary and trees,not as busy as downtown Cairo and has most modern and friendly people and atmoshphere.
    Maadi is located to the south of downtown Cairo and It`s almost half an hour drive from downtown Cairo,unless ofcourse the streets are busy,then it`s about 40 minutes drive.

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    Na'ama Bay Marina

    by Gwynneth Updated Mar 12, 2003

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    Favorite thing: See the colours and sounds of the Na'ama Bay Marina in the early morning. Everyone is finding their dive tour boat and heading out in the fresh morning air for a day of discovering what lies beneath.

    Fondest memory: If I was to be asked what it is I miss most about Egypt, Cairo, or Na'ama Bay... I'm almost lost for words... there is only one that comes to mind instantly, and that word is 'everything'.

    I simply must return someday and discover more about this fascinating place I journeyed to... it will never leave my thoughts, so much of our modern day history is wrapped up in the small part of the Egypt I discovered.

    The 'tourist thang' wasn't high on my agenda, so maybe I found the heart of Egypt in the people that inhabit this merciless land.

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    Take the time to look beyond...

    by nigelkrohn Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Take the time to look beyond the obvious tourist attractions. Go to a local restaurant, take local transport to the Pyramids and respect local customs.

    Fondest memory: Drinking tea at Sunset atop Mount Mukkatham, watching Cairo ooze by...

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  • Well, everybody heads to Egypt...

    by Lebanese Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Well, everybody heads to Egypt and Cairo in specific looking for the pyramids so I'm not stating a scoop here. Other locations is the National Museum...

    Fondest memory: Although Cairo is very crowded, it is also a lively city where life does not stop regardless of the time...day or night!

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    Within Cairo, the Museum of...

    by ronco4704 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Within Cairo, the Museum of Natural History is must see, although the best Egyptian antiquities are in the British Museum! (They 'borrowed' them a couple of hundred years ago)

    Luxor, the pyramids, Valley of the Kings are great if you enjoy history.

    Fondest memory: Dinner on a barge. Corney, but fun.

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    Although it is the first thing...

    by omar_samra Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Although it is the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Egypt and not the best tip you'd expect from an Egyptian, the Pyramids have to be the top MUST see place in Egypt. I lived in Cairo until the age of 21. I spent 14 years in a school in 'el haram' area (which transaltes to 'the pyramid' in arabic). Every day riding on the school bus to and from school i could see the giant structure, i never got bored of it. However, all this would not prepare you to when you actually get close to it and realise how tiny you really are compared to it. Then you imagine how this could have been built thousands of years ago...this is truly amazing.

    Fondest memory: At around 3 or 4 in the morning after a night out, driving back home listening to my music i always decide to do a tour of Zamalek (my district). Zamalek is an island in the nile and the only thing connecting it to the remainder of the city is a couple of bridges. The streets are lit up, very quite, hardly a soul in the streets, and the nile to your side...it's so relaxing and make's a big change from the bustling days.

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    If you go to Cairo then relax...

    by nsalah Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: If you go to Cairo then relax as you will find it so enjoyable . Try going to some of the Mosques as they are so beautiful and also the Egyptain museum your eyes will be truly amazed. It was so funny when I went inside the pyramids and I spent ages climbing up when it was so hot. When I reached the top it was an empty room! If you go to the Museum you will see the treasure of Ancient Egypt!

    Fondest memory: My best memory was after you have been on the Airplane for hours and all your excitment has built up and then you step outside. Ahh Egypt air you just feel like your home, for me thats the best bit because then you have a hliday. You can escape and you know that your about to have the time of your life! The sad thing is when you next seat on an Airplane you are going to be going home and all you have is your memories which you want to make into a reality!

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    Walk the streets of Cairo.

    by Aragina Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Fondest memory: Walking around Cairo was a wonder in itself. I realised quite quickly that this city was nothing like my native London, and quickly grew to love the people and the relaxed way of life. Hot and Dusty but the people always smile and are helpful.

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    These are the fixed holidays:...

    by Axel-M Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: These are the fixed holidays:
    Jan 1, New Year's Day; Jan 7, Coptic Christmas;
    Apr 25, Sinai Liberation Day; May 1, Labor Day;
    Jun 18, Evacuation Day; Jul 23, Revolution Day;
    Jul 26, The King's Exile; Oct 6, National Day;
    Dec 25, Western Christmas.

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    Well, believe it or not, my...

    by MarcoAntonio Written Aug 24, 2002

    Favorite thing: Well, believe it or not, my favourite eating place in Cairo was Hassan's kofte place, just round the corner from the Youth Hostel. I ate there nearly each day that I stayed at the 'beit shebab'!

    Fondest memory: I have to say that one of the things that I thought was so amazing about being their was the sunset at the Pyramids. Truely an incredible vision that has been around for thousands of years! I also miss the mango juice bars on Sharia 26th of July, and if you love exotic fruits, you have to try all the flavours of ice cream you can! They are the best!

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    visit the museum of...

    by fabrice Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: visit the museum of cairo,tahrir square;
    and also the pyramids of giza,even if it has become a huge tourist trap;
    also the old cairo,the khan of khalilis

    Fondest memory: I was at the post-office,trying to read a phone-book in arabic,to find the address of an old friend;a nice old guy wanted to help me,and finally we went together to al-maadi(southern suburbs),and we went to a false address,but the family we met there invited us for dinner,although we did not know them

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  • A plce you must visit is...

    by Romulo Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: A plce you must visit is menphis and sakkara.

    Menphis: It's the most antique city in Egypt. There you can see the ' Colossus Ramses II ' It's the limestone. It's alture is the 13 metres and It's weight is the 120 ton,

    Sakkara: It's the most antique monastery of Egypt in up part is the Zoser high stoop piramid. The funeral build it was building Eng. IMHOTEB by Zoser order.
    The Dimentions of the piramid are 123.5 x 107 metres and the alture of 59 metres.

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  • Cairo sprang from the...

    by soliman2000 Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Cairo sprang from the foundations of a recent town. recent, according to Egyptian time standards….
    This region was originally settled in the Paleolithic and witnessed the development of the Neolithic
    communities…. This region was, since the predynastic period of the paranoiac era, a very remote
    extension of On, the center of Rae cult where the priests of Heliopolis worshipped the sun god…. It was
    there, that the battle opposing Hours to Seth took place, according to the Osirian legend It was also
    there, that the Persian invaders built in 525 BC the fort of Babylon to control the trade routes of the Old
    World….In 117 Trojan, the roman governor of Egypt, repaired the old canal originally built by the
    Pharaohs of the 12th dynasty to link, across the Nile dominated by Babylon, the Mediterranean Sea to
    the Red Sea…. During later periods of the roman occupation, a Christian community grew up around
    Babylon where the world's oldest Coptic churches were built, at the end of the 4thcentury: St. Sergius
    and St. Barbara. Taking hold of Babylon in 639, Amr Ibn El As, the leader of the Arab army, conquered
    Egypt and expelled the Romans…gradually, Egypt converted to Islam…the location of Amr's camp, in
    front of Babylon, became the center of a military city El Fostat or the tent… an extension was to be
    added by the Abbasssides El Asker or the soldiers... this was followed by another extension added by
    the Toulounides El Katayea or the tribes … therefore the city grew up in splendour: Amr's mosque, the
    world's oldest third mosque, the palace of the governor, public bathes, houses, gardens, markets…. In
    969 Gohar, the Fatimides army leader built, to the north of El Katayea, a much larger city El Kahera or the
    victorious (Cairo)... .In 973 El Azhar mosque and Islamic University was built…. Cairo became the capital
    of Egypt… in 1176 Saladin built the Citadel and surrounded the old city and the capital, with defensive
    walls. The reign of Ismail started, in 1865, a new era of modernization: Cairo was enlarged by adding
    new extensions (Road, Gézira, Giza, Dokki and Heliopolis) ….Wide streets adorned with trees, gardens,
    Opera house, houses and villas, large hotels ….In 1952, a revolution took place and Egypt became a
    republic, new cities were built around Cairo to solve the problems of overpopulation (Nasr city,
    Ramadan city, October city, Shourouk city, Oubour city…). Cairo today is one of the world's largest
    cities, it is a metropolitan city: many luxurious hotels, wide variety of restaurants, all types of museums,
    galleries of arts, Opera house and theaters, 5 large universities, sports clubs and stadiums, zoological
    gardens and entertainment centers (Wonder Land, dream Land, Aqua Park, Crazy Water….), movies and
    shopping centers, the Old Bazaar of Khan El Khalili, a large net of underground metro, bridges and
    highways, 2 international airports, floating hotels and restaurants on the Nile, modern hospitals and
    banks, aviation and tourist agencies, embassies and cultural centers, languages schools and
    universities…. And above all the welcoming Egyptian people. Explore Cairo Cairo is a city that never
    sleeps, it is a 5000 years old megalopolis stretching to the pyramids. Memphis Necropolis In 3200 BC
    the legendary Pharaoh 'Mena' unified Egypt and created the first state in history, his capital was
    'Memphis'….Parallel to the capital, on the Nile western bank, the 'city of the dead' covered a sandy
    stretch 50-km long…. More than 80 pyramids, hundreds of tombs and mastabas bearing colored
    paintings which represent the daily life of the ancient Egyptians…. Giza pyramids and the sphinx built
    4600 years ago for the pharaohs: Khufu, Khafra and Menkawra Sakkara steps Pyramid, built 4700 years
    ago for the pharaoh Djeser, the first rocky construction in history Egyptian Museum Built in 1857,
    under the supervision of August Mariette, it contains the fabulous treasure of Tutankhamen, the hall of
    mummiesand the largest collection of Pharaonic monuments. Old Cairo Stretching on the Nile eastern
    bank, Old Cairo is a mixture of the present and the past, Coptic and Islamic monuments: Coptic Museum,
    the most beautiful collection of Coptic arts (icons, manuscripts, sacerdotal ornaments…) Islamic
    museum, the most beautiful collection of Islamic arts (ivory-inlaid wooden doors and screens, mosaic
    and marble fountains, silver and gold inlaid weapons, colored glass cups…) St. Serge church, built on
    the crypt in which the Holy Family stayed, it is regarded as a source of blessings St. Barbara church
    built on the southern tower gate of Babylon fort and dedicated for the Virgin, it houses ebony and ivory
    inlaid wooden screens St. Mercurius church, houses a collection of 175 rare icons. Amr's mosque is the
    oldest one in Egypt, it houses a marble column sent from Mekka in 642 The Citadel and its alabaster
    mosque. El Azhar mosque, the oldest Islamic university in the world. Khan El Khalily bazaars, the
    oldest market in Cairo (spices, fruits, ivory, silver, gold, tissues, restaurants and coffee shops of local
    type) Modern Cairo Opera house, with its galleries of arts and music halls. Heliopolis, with its
    commercial centers and gardens. Floating restaurants, navigating on the Nile. Sound and light show at
    Giza pyramids.

    Fondest memory: Cairo sprang from the foundations of a recent town. recent, according to Egyptian time standards….
    This region was originally settled in the Paleolithic and witnessed the development of the Neolithic
    communities…. This region was, since the predynastic period of the paranoiac era, a very remote
    extension of On, the center of Rae cult where the priests of Heliopolis worshipped the sun god…. It was
    there, that the battle opposing Hours to Seth took place, according to the Osirian legend It was also
    there, that the Persian invaders built in 525 BC the fort of Babylon to control the trade routes of the Old
    World….In 117 Trojan, the roman governor of Egypt, repaired the old canal originally built by the
    Pharaohs of the 12th dynasty to link, across the Nile dominated by Babylon, the Mediterranean Sea to
    the Red Sea…. During later periods of the roman occupation, a Christian community grew up around
    Babylon where the world's oldest Coptic churches were built, at the end of the 4thcentury: St. Sergius
    and St. Barbara. Taking hold of Babylon in 639, Amr Ibn El As, the leader of the Arab army, conquered
    Egypt and expelled the Romans…gradually, Egypt converted to Islam…the location of Amr's camp, in
    front of Babylon, became the center of a military city El Fostat or the tent… an extension was to be
    added by the Abbasssides El Asker or the soldiers... this was followed by another extension added by
    the Toulounides El Katayea or the tribes … therefore the city grew up in splendour: Amr's mosque, the
    world's oldest third mosque, the palace of the governor, public bathes, houses, gardens, markets…. In
    969 Gohar, the Fatimides army leader built, to the north of El Katayea, a much larger city El Kahera or the
    victorious (Cairo)... .In 973 El Azhar mosque and Islamic University was built…. Cairo became the capital
    of Egypt… in 1176 Saladin built the Citadel and surrounded the old city and the capital, with defensive
    walls. The reign of Ismail started, in 1865, a new era of modernization: Cairo was enlarged by adding
    new extensions (Road, Gézira, Giza, Dokki and Heliopolis) ….Wide streets adorned with trees, gardens,
    Opera house, houses and villas, large hotels ….In 1952, a revolution took place and Egypt became a
    republic, new cities were built around Cairo to solve the problems of overpopulation (Nasr city,
    Ramadan city, October city, Shourouk city, Oubour city…). Cairo today is one of the world's largest
    cities, it is a metropolitan city: many luxurious hotels, wide variety of restaurants, all types of museums,
    galleries of arts, Opera house and theaters, 5 large universities, sports clubs and stadiums, zoological
    gardens and entertainment centers (Wonder Land, dream Land, Aqua Park, Crazy Water….), movies and
    shopping centers, the Old Bazaar of Khan El Khalili, a large net of underground metro, bridges and
    highways, 2 international airports, floating hotels and restaurants on the Nile, modern hospitals and
    banks, aviation and tourist agencies, embassies and cultural centers, languages schools and
    universities…. And above all the welcoming Egyptian people. Explore Cairo Cairo is a city that never
    sleeps, it is a 5000 years old megalopolis stretching to the pyramids. Memphis Necropolis In 3200 BC
    the legendary Pharaoh 'Mena' unified Egypt and created the first state in history, his capital was
    'Memphis'….Parallel to the capital, on the Nile western bank, the 'city of the dead' covered a sandy
    stretch 50-km long…. More than 80 pyramids, hundreds of tombs and mastabas bearing colored
    paintings which represent the daily life of the ancient Egyptians…. Giza pyramids and the sphinx built
    4600 years ago for the pharaohs: Khufu, Khafra and Menkawra Sakkara steps Pyramid, built 4700 years
    ago for the pharaoh Djeser, the first rocky construction in history Egyptian Museum Built in 1857,
    under the supervision of August Mariette, it contains the fabulous treasure of Tutankhamen, the hall of
    mummiesand the largest collection of Pharaonic monuments. Old Cairo Stretching on the Nile eastern
    bank, Old Cairo is a mixture of the present and the past, Coptic and Islamic monuments: Coptic Museum,
    the most beautiful collection of Coptic arts (icons, manuscripts, sacerdotal ornaments…) Islamic
    museum, the most beautiful collection of Islamic arts (ivory-inlaid wooden doors and screens, mosaic
    and marble fountains, silver and gold inlaid weapons, colored glass cups…) St. Serge church, built on
    the crypt in which the Holy Family stayed, it is regarded as a source of blessings St. Barbara church
    built on the southern tower gate of Babylon fort and dedicated for the Virgin, it houses ebony and ivory
    inlaid wooden screens St. Mercurius church, houses a collection of 175 rare icons. Amr's mosque is the
    oldest one in Egypt, it houses a marble column sent from Mekka in 642 The Citadel and its alabaster
    mosque. El Azhar mosque, the oldest Islamic university in the world. Khan El Khalily bazaars, the
    oldest market in Cairo (spices, fruits, ivory, silver, gold, tissues, restaurants and coffee shops of local
    type) Modern Cairo Opera house, with its galleries of arts and music halls. Heliopolis, with its
    commercial centers and gardens. Floating restaurants, navigating on the Nile. Sound and light show at
    Giza pyramids.

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    go to Heliopolis. Founded in...

    by MProcher Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: go to Heliopolis.
    Founded in the times of the protektorate as a high society area for the British army and their relatives the Heliopolis of today is still one of the better parts to live. Heliopolis has some 2.5 million inhabitants. The main streets and the beautiful villas are worth a visit.
    Pic shows: Baghdad Street - Sharia al Baghdad with it's anglo-indian kolonial style. More pics in the travelogue.

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