......so much as entirely on it.
I spent much of my coach travel watching the traffic and the people. Normally, one tends to watch the buildings, I think, but Cairo is different.
From a coach you can see what's in the flatbed trucks (someone's wordly belongings, bananas, veg, donkeys, children....), you can see the 3/4/5 people on motorbikes as they weave at speed through the traffic, you can see the minibuses crammed to bursting with people and their luggage....and the donkey-carts, and the horse-and-carts, and the jaywalking pedestrians, the lorries and the buses and the taxis...........
Watch how they insert themselves into the tiniest of spaces, how dented and scratched the majority of vehicles are (in consequence?), how crossroads work when no-one obeys any rules...........
Plenty of police around (every 250 yards or so on main roads) but all seemingly very bored......texting, dozing, reading the Koran.......obviously what I saw was total normality and required no police intervention.......
Don't just watch the buildings as they pass......you'll learn more about Cairo and its citizens by watching the road next to you!
Strolling around Christian Cairo and visiting world famous Churches I came to the Orthodox cemetery which impressed me not least than other Christian sights in Cairo… Really small Chapel in Russian style looked very amazing and touchingly in three thousand kilometers from our home-land as if we suddenly found ourselves somewhere near Moscow – in New Jerusalem or Zvenigorod…
I went on watching the graves and found a lot of Russian names there. How did they get there? Who were they? What were they doing in this far African country? No answers… I advise you to walk around this cemetery in Old Cairo.
You may watch my photo on Google Earth in Old Cairo according to the following coordinates:
30° 0'28.75"N and 31°13'52.31"E
or on my Google Earth Panoramio Orthodox Cemetery
You know my attitude to dogs in general and to German shepherds in detail… That’s why you can imagine my feelings when I saw Egyptian German shepherds working with guards in Old Cairo. It was so pleasant for me to see my favorite breed here so far from Germany and so far from Moscow!
We had to look in eyes of each other to understand everything what connected us so much in this life…
Sunbathing by the pool at the Sofitel Maadi Towers, I took a walk around the pool area and looked onto a vacant lot next door. Lo and behold, here was a little old man lighting a fire and getting his meal ready for the evening. He slowly walked to the battered old bit of a couch and lowered his apparently weary limbs to wait for the pot to boil. I realised that he lived there! Much of Cairo is so successful and attractive these days that you forget that poverty does indeed still exist.
Im so glad i met my friend Hossam when i visited Cairo for the first time in 2003, he took me everywhere & i got to experience the REAL Cairo. Anything you want to do he can take you there in his private car with air conditioning & charges a very good price for this, much cheaper than the Tour operators.
Here are just a few things he can do for you:
If you would like to visit the pyramids of Sakara, Dashur & Memphis (the places that tour operators dont take tourists too), Hossam can do this, he is extremely passionate on doing tours about Ancient Egypt, he can also take you to the Museum & he will skip the boring parts & tell you about the more interesting things that you would want to know about, you can also see the sound & light show for free at a nice restaurant & watch it from the rooftop. You can visit the Sphinx & Pyramids & even visit a couple of the tombs which are locked.
Camel/Horse riding is very fun in the pyramid area is great too, it only costs around 100 Egyptian Pounds & you go out for around 2 to 3 hours. You can also get some really great photos in this area & its best to go in the morning as it can get too hot & humid during the afternoon.
A night out at Grand Cafe located on the nile is great to spend with friends & also smoke Shisha & listen to some music. I come here everytime i visit Cairo.
Feel free to contact my friend Hossam Mansour, his email is Hossamfouly@hotmail.com. If theres anything you want to do that i have'nt mentioned then tell him exactly what you'd like to do & im sure he will do his best to sort something out for you.
Just tell him Stacey reccommended you & he will know where you got his information from.
Here is one comment a member from Virtual Tourist left for me, i was very pleased with it:
stuartmedley Mon Feb 5, 2007 13:38 GMT
Your tip on using Hossam to take you around was absolutely correct. He was a friendly and very knowledgeable guide and nothing was to much trouble and on our own we simply would not have seen a fraction of what he showed us.
My VT cousin showed me this place in Sep.2006...in all the years I have been to Cairo it never accured to me to visit a place so close to Khan El Khalil yet,much cheaper and less touristy.
To find the place,tell any local taxi to take you to Khan el Khalil,but be dropped off at the opposite side of khan el khalil,enter the magical world next to the big mosque,where you can find local crafts sold for a lot less than any other place.
Keep walking to the far end of the place until you reach a huge gate,where the city was surrounded with high walls and the gate is to protect it from it`s enemies.
sadly I had forgotten to take my camera with me that day,but I snapped some shots with my cousin`s cam and waiting to e.mail me my pictures.
The picture here is the only one I got from her so far!
This is the Midan El-Tahreer or (The Lliberation Square),one of Cairo`s busiest round-abouts!
when war had started on Iraq,,this square is filled with protesters against the war!
It`s located infront of the Egyptian musuem.
It`s central of action in Cairo,bus stations,taxi staitions,around it you will find malls,hotels,cinimas,restaurants and many things to do.
Why do I miss it every time I leave Cairo??I have NO idea!!!!!!
i love to take pictures of pattern and in cairo, there are millions of it. they're beautiful and unique.
i took this one in one of the grave in cairo.
the grave in cairo looks like more a house than a graveyard
if you come to cairo by airplane, you must see the view from above just before landed. most of them are dessert but as it is getting closer to cairo you'll see greenery.
and yes, you can see the pyramid from above.
take pictures, don't miss it :)
The Citadel is not only visible from almost everywhere in Cairo, but is also offering the best panoramic view of Cairo.
Here is the perfect place to understand how large Cairo is.
And if you are lucky you can even see the Pyramids take excellent pictures.
Unfortunatelly, due to the dust, we couldn't see the Pyramids during our visit, but the view was still impressive.
On our way to the airport, we have stopped to see the last monumet in Cairo, the one dedicated to the ex-President of Egypt Anwar al-Sadat, assassinated in 1981 during a military parade by Islamic fundamentalists within the Egyptian army.
There was the tribune where Sadat stood and the monument in memory of Sadat resembling a small pyramid.
i visited one of the grocery shop and they put the stuff really neatly.
i just wonder, maybe because of their ancestor get used to arrange stones neatly to make pyramids, now they arrange everything neatly :)
when i was there, it was during the apricot's harvest time. i could see farmers selling apricots along the street.
the way they sell is still in their old way, with donkey!
i bought one kg of apricot and i love it... i wish i bought more
Mention Groppi's to any old Cairo-hand and their eyes will take on a nostalgic shine and their taste-buds start to tingle as they remember the coffee house in its heyday, when it was THE place to go in Cairo for the most delicious cakes, ice-cream and chocolates. Everyone who was anyone went to Groppi's, the best parties were catered for by Groppi's, even royal and presidential chefs acknowledged the superiority of their pastries and desserts. The elegant art-deco coffee house was open to every one and all middleclass and uppercrust Cairo - Egyptians and foreigners alike - came here regularly.
The coffee house still occupies its prime downtown position on Midan Talaat Harb. Its glory days are behind it now, and it certainly isn't still serving up those long-gone delicacies - garish pink vinyl seats and equally garish cakes with mediocre coffee are the order of the day. However - it's still worth a visit for the decor if nothing else. Nothing has changed here in decades - the best of 1920's Art Deco design was M. Groppi's wish for his coffee palace and it's all still there - wrought iron chandeliers and clusters of stylised roses, stylish cornice reliefs and shades of a beautiful marble floor, faded Japanoise painted panels and old photos of the amazing concoctions that it was famous for..
Forming the intersection of three important avenues, there are at least seven important belle epoque buildings overlooking the midan, all built in the affluent early years of the 20th century on what was then known as Midan Soliman Pasha, one of Cairo's most prominent squares. Ask any old gentleman where you are and he'll tell you about its glamour and position as Cairo's most elegant square.
Many of the camels in Egypt were brought up the 40 Days Road from Sudan to the market in Daraw north of Abu Simbel where they were put on trucks for another 24 hours to be driven to Cairo. At the end of their trip many of the poor creatures are more dead than alive.
The market in Birqash is the largest in Egypt and definitely worth a visit. Beside Camels other livestock like horses, goats, sheep, etc. are sold here, either to work on farms or to get slaughtered.
Be prepared to witness brutal situations. Camel traders will beat up their animals badly if they step out of line or do any small thing the traders dislike.
Nevertheless its an interesting place. Most busy days are Fridays and Mondays. The busiest time of the day is between 7 am and 9 am. Entrance fee is 10 E.P. & 5 E.P. Photo-/ Video permisson.
To get there take a bus #214 from 6th of October Bridge bus station to Imbaba and from there find a mini bus going to Birqash. If you need assistance ask for Souq al Gamaal
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