One of my most memorable moments of Cairo is The Sphinx, I have been to Egypt many times now & this still fascinates me like it did the first time. I always like to go as close up to the Sphinx as possible as its a good opportunity to take some fantastic photos of the gorgeous views of the Face & the lions body with the view of the pyramids in the distance.
Take a look through my photos at the breathtaking views of the Sphinx, i can never stop staring it its face when im there & i like to sit for a while & enjoy the sun whilst i look at her.
It costs 20 Egyptian pounds to go into the Sphinx area for tourists, go for it.... its well worth the small amount of cash!
One of the best things i tried in Egypt was the Shisha, i dont like smoking cigarettes so was abit weary about trying this but i thought what the hell lets give it a try. I first tried it in Luxor when i was in a restaurant, i tried the apple flavour as this is the most popular, someone showed me how to set it up & where you put the flavoured tobacco then i gave it a try. I really enjoyed it & from then i was having it every night after my meals.
I love going to Grand Cafe & the Shisha Corner at Le Meridien Pyramids in Cairo, ive tried all the different flavours my favourites are apple & cherry.
If you do visit Egypt make sure you give it a try its definetly something i miss about Egypt.
I really miss the swimming pool at Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel in Cairo, it looks so inviting after sunbathing allday & it beautifully lit up at night.
It has a swim up pool bar where you can be served home make cocktails, freshly squeezed fruit juices, beer & also lots of alcholic drinks.
I really like the local beer which is called Sakarra (Named after one of the pyramids in Egypt), they also have beer called Stella too which tastes like the Stella we have in England. The beer costs between 10-20 Egyptian pounds for a big bottle.
I was even allowed to smoke Shisha by the poolside so i could enjoy the sun at the sametime. See my photos for more details.
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.
I really enjoyed visiting these underground tombs at the Giza Pyramids. Not many tourists get to visit these tombs as they are usually locked, but my tour guide friend Hossam asked one of the nice Policemen in the area to unlock it & let us take a look inside.......
Look how beautiful it looks. If you ever visit the pyramids, ask one of the guards about the underground tombs & they may let you inside if your interested.
We departured with the bus at 3AM in the morning from Hurghada and I slept till the day light. I snaped this pictures from the bus, soon after awaking, and have no idea where exactly this is. Countryside looks poor and pretty much neglected.
There is no big difference in between outskirts of Cairo, Tunis or Nairobi, all are alike and looking pretty much poor. Chaotic slums densed very close to each other with no infrastructure at all. But no matter poor life conditions this people still smile and sending friendly salutes. Egypt, however, is predominatelly men's world, women whom one could meet out on the streets always rushing and never looking other people into the face, with exception of small girls.
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
If you are attacked by a tooth ache while in cairo, dont panic Egyptian dentists are proffessionals and not very greedy as in Europe or USA.
I have included my own endodontist who happened to be a school friend of mine also.
I prefered Dr. Hazem cause he is honest and he is implementing a strict infection control measures in his work. He is reasonable when coming to cash time. He speaks fluent English as well. Call to reserve.
Cairo is not the same like amsterdam and cristiano in denmark . You cant walk around in a place to choose and buy some joints and other drugs. It is illegal here in Egypt to buy, sell or smoke and use drugs. The punishment reach capital punishment for dealers and maximum 6 years for users.
This doesnt mean that there is no access to smoking in Egypt but there are lots of people who do smoke hash and marijuana.
NOT IN PUBLIC
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…
In commemoration of the miracle of transferring the Moqattam Hill on the 27th of November 979, where the Lord used ST.Simon the Tanner to fulfill this miracle in the Era of Pope Abram, place is named Church Of Virgin Mary And Saint Samaan The Tanner
During this time after praying and fasting for three days in the church of Virgin Mary in Old Egypt, Virgin Mary has made her revelation to pope Abram to announce upon whosew hands the transference of the hill would take place.
To visit this place I had local driver and guide. We went trough slam ant that was also unforgetable experience.
If you are travelling on a fine budget and want to feel good about your stay, or if you are planning for a special evening with your couple or the chosen then read next.
Did you think of touring cairo in a stretch lemo car which is counted on fingers in the city?
Well i advice you to try. there is the white and there is the black and it got lots of nice facilities inside it. Some Egyptians rent it for their wedding night.
If you are a lady who gets to know an Egyptian guy and invited him for a drink in your hotel room, then expect that it will not happen since the reception and security guards will not let you both up in most hotels especially 1-4 stars hotel.
So dont get shocked when it happens cause it will leave you no other option but even to pay for another room for him or just go to his place.
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.
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