As many tourists r interested in intimate relations, I would like to tell you that HIV/AIDS is not our major public health problem as many other countries.
The official numbers are 1400 case infected and living with HIV/AIDS.
The WHO estimates for the year 2004 is a bit higher then the official numbers and is claiming 12,000 case.
Our major public health in Egypt is hepatitus C, which is not transmitted through sexual contacts.
Any way, Use a condom. Dont count on your partner to get you one.
Cairo is surrounded by so called "dormitory" districts. We couldn't see anth but a terrible miserable mix of garbage, damping ground and mud, mud, mud everywhere........
We were "slightly" shocked.
Unfortunately, poverty is one of the main features about this country:(
A very pathetic sight........
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.
Coptic Cairo, Khan el Khalil, the Pyramids for the love of grud, are offered as options when you hit 'off the beaten path' but not the Egyptian museum, which has a very well beaten path in it and myriad byways. A legendary barely-labelled labyrinth, it contains hidden and neglected masterpieces.
The ' FAYOUM PORTRAITS are not only a bit off the beaten path within the museum: they are also off the beaten path of cultural history. Funerary portraits from the Roman era, they are on the outer fringes of Egyptology: too late, too Roman. And from the point of view of a Graeco-Roman classicist, they are Egyptology. But these paintings represent a remarkable survival of the tradition of Greek naturalistic painting from the age of the Apelles. of which little remains.
They are, simply, breathtaking.
Largely executed in a technique called encaustic, involving the use of pigment mixed with hot wax, these paintings have a sense of the personality of the subject as vivid as any portrait of the renaissance and after European tradition. The technique does not allow the blending of colour wet into wet as does oil: rather the modelling of the features is achieved using small blocks of finely differentiated skin-tones, as Cezanne or Monet might have done. And using an unbelievably limited palette: a couple of blacks, white, and varieties of ochre.
Unlit behind dusty glass, some virtually at floor level....deary deary me. In one of the side -rooms on the upper floor at the King Tut end.
Its around 45 min. drive by car to the camel market from the Tahrir Square (Midan Tahrir). Sun Hotel will arrange a English speaking driver, and there could be 3-4 in the car. They ask for 40 Elbs. But if you are in a group, and are four, I am sure you can negotiate the price. It is possible to combine different locations which lies outskirt of Cairo and with a group you can make a good deal with them.
Take a walk down Champollion Street (number 11) and you will come across a magnificent Belle Epoque palace (see pictures) in a very sad state of decay. Broken windows and blackened façade, yet you can still see the beauty of the architecture and be able to imagine the palace during its glory days. I asked the locals about the palace and they knew it as a Nasriya School. When I tried to enter, the guard wouldn't let me in nor allow me to take pictures of the grand entrance. The palace was designed in 1899 by Antonio Lasciac for Prince Said Halim Pacha. Years later, the palace was converted in Nasriya School, considered one of the best in Cairo.
Champollion Street is a quieter street parallel to some of the noisiest streets in downtown Cairo. It is not a street that one would typically have a reason to walk through, but is worth a diversion to see different things. The street is lined with beautiful trees and, for some reason, it seemed to hold many car repair shops and local bread bakeries (the bread is yummy and cheap!).
An update: a great article was written about this palace. To read it, click here and choose "From Grand Vizier's Palace to Nassriya School" in the left hand column.
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!!!!!!
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.
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.
Those wishing to visit areas near Egypt's frontiers, including oases near the border with Libya and off-road areas in the Sinai, must obtain permission from the Travel Permits Department of the Ministry of the Interior, located at the corner of Sheikh Rihan and Nubar Streets in downtown Cairo. In addition, travelers should be aware of the possible dangers of off-road travel. Land mines left from previous conflicts remain buried in several regions of the country and have caused several casualties.
As a rule, all travelers should check with local authorities before embarking on off-road travel. Known minefields are not marked by signs, but are sometimes enclosed by barbed wire. Therefore, travelers should avoid areas enclosed by barbed wire. After heavy rains, which can cause flooding in desert areas and the consequent shifting of land mines, travelers should avoid driving through build-ups of sand on roadways.
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!
The Egyptian Railway Museum
Worth a detour for diehard train-freaks or connoisseurs of decaying museums, and otherwise entertaining if you have some time to kill in the vicinity of Ramses station.
I was actually rather taken by this museum. It's ramshackle and unless you're a railway enthusiast there's really only one thing there that's particularly extraordinary, but it certainly doesn't lack atmosphere. And although entry was a comparatively exorbitant 20 LE (double because it was Friday) I did get an entire museum to myself, dusty models of (seemingly) every station between Alex and Aswan, engravings of impressive examples of French bridge design, and some models of airliners. Courtesy of British Imperial Airways, to give you an idea of their vintage.
The star exhibit is a gorgeous and bizarre little steam loco thingy. constructed for some Pasha or other (nothing is labelled). Completely Roland Emmett, with a brass steam-dome ribbed like a mameluke mausoleum and an intricate ottoman- style paint job, it consists simply of the steam engine and working platform and behind, on the same chassis and where you'd expect some coal and water, a little wood panelled luxury passenger compartment. Completely useless for actually pulling anything: it must have been accompanied by a bevy of fellaheen busy heaving baskets of fuel onto the footplate.
It's part of the main station building, at the end away from all the hoohah.
10 LE to get in, unless it's Friday when it's a whopping 20 LE. I don't think they charged me the 10LE for a camera, though.
Although seemingly just another Belle Epoque building in Garden City, the no. 10 Tolombat Street hides plenty of interesting history. It was known as "Grey Pillars" and nicknamed "Number 10" during World War II, when the British Army officials chose to make it their headquarters. Through these elegant gates, many historic figures have walked: Charles de Gaulle, Oliver Lyttleton, Chaim Weizmann and Anthony Eden, to name a few. It is said that in 1941, de Gaulle and Lyttleton negotiated the independence of Syria and Lebanon in this very building. Today, the charitable organisation "Save the Children" occupies the building. Although still referred to as Tolombat, the street's name was changed recently to the mouthful "Itihad el Mohameyeen el Arab Street".
......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!
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