The ceremony took place in the inner yard surrounded by 4-5 story living apartment blocks from the four sides. The houses walls and rare trees in the yard were decorated with clored peices of fabric, baloons and rugs. The yard rectangle was devided into 1/3 and 2/3 by a rather high wooden fence which was covered in numerous rugs in order to prevent transparency. Both parts had about 15-20 rows of benches for guests to be seated. As you probably have guessed the 1/3 part was for female guests and 2/3 part was for male, for accidential Europeans as were my friend and myself and "free spirited" local women :)))
At the far side of the yard rectagle was a stage where in the left corner two huge armchares were put for bride and groom with a shining neon sign with some incriptions in arabic above them. The right side of the stage was occupied by a band which looked very contmporary - men wore black and white suites, had keyboard and electric guitars. Later I was told that it was one of the famous bands in Cairo. Three rows of benches/chairs just before the stage were put without any "separator" for male and female parts, those were for relatives of bride and groom, who sat there mixed from the gender poin of view.
When we entered the yard the ceremony had been on for quite some time already.
Driving in Ramadan
It is your nonrepeatable chance to drive a car only at sunset in Ramadan, as all people are fasting and going home for breakfast at sunset, cairo in this time is very empty and enjoy driving for only one hour
The Post Office has some...
The Post Office has some interesting decorations. It's a pleasant site on your way to the Citadel, which you MUST see!
Go to Old Cairo to see the Coptic area as well. The churches are quite interesting.
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Attaba and Abdel Aziz Street
So one day I took the metro train and got off at Attaba station and from there I walk my way passing by the AlAzhar bridge, went under it and found my way along Abdel Aziz Street. I know it's not very far from the city centre but this place is out of the usual tourist beaten path. In fact I've never seen a single tourist, that I get this look from people all the time like I'm getting lost or something.
This street has a lot of art-deco buildings, more like the ones in Paris but in acid wash, and they look kind of nostalgic. The buildings are similar to the Yacoubian Building in Talaat Harb street - made popular by the Egyptian movie of the same title (I recommend watching this movie if you're coming to Cairo, or read the novel where the movie was adopted from, also same title).
Along Abdel Aziz Street are several shops - electronics, household items, etc. This is one those those real-Cairo kind of atmosphere. Chaotic, but not touristic at all.Related to:
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Most of the people in Egypt are poor, so if you see a woman or a child begging for money at the sidewalk, hava a heart give them a dollar or two.
i saw people selling giant watermelon on the street, it was irresistable.
the one i bought was 11 kg and of course i can't finish it myself. but it was good, so i didn't regret to buy itRelated to:
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Camel Market 3
Camels are brought in here mostly from Sudan. There are large camel market around Aswan. The most convenient is perhaps this one which lies at the outskirt of Cairo.
Camel Market 6
Even though we paid at the entrance of the market, a camel owner asked for 'bakshish' (tips) from us since we were taking photos. Don pay and its not necessary.
Camel Market 8
We experienced an owner beating up a camel severely, that it started vomiting the grass it had eaten. So, the environment may not be that organized and nice. But thats how the business is there.
Camel Market 9
As you watch out the camels, also watch out the sticks. Since its all about the use of stick that make the camels run crazy!
Camel Market 11
The picture shows the entrance where you pay and get a receipt. Close to this plce on your right, there is a tea-caffe. A plce if you think its been enough of seeing.
Individual or group?
You can wander off in the Old Town and visit some not so well-known mosques, but I suppose you're better off to stick to a group.
It is the law in Egypt if the house is not finished it is tax-free. Almost every house is not finished. They just build it and put the windows.
October War Panorama
This is a sort of museum and it's dedicated to October War in 1974. I didn't have the time to visit it, and just took a pic from the bus. It looks interesting...Related to:
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Don´t miss the Garbage...
Don´t miss the Garbage Truck!!!!......and this is one of the richest alleys in the city: Maadi!.
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