Egypt Off The Beaten Path

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    by machomikemd
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by HeshamMA
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by HeshamMA

Egypt Off The Beaten Path

  • Jeep Safari

    Hurghada Off The Beaten Path

    The last part of a day trip to Amusement Park, in the late afternoon, was reserved for the safari ride in a desert. There is large number of vehicles, "Mad Max" styled alike, and each one was provided for the four people. But there is a catch about this vechicles, each one has limited speed, maximum to 40 or 50 kilometres per hour. Those with the...

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  • Memphis and Sakkara

    Cairo Off The Beaten Path

    On the road approaching the Step Pyramids in Sakkara you will see several carpet making schools on both sides of the road. I have read and heard a lot about these places. Reviews range from overpriced carpet shops preying on busloads of unexpecting tourists to child labor sweatshops. I have also read that they are what they purport to be which is...

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  • historical sightseeing

    Alexandria Off The Beaten Path

    The mission succeeded in cleaning up and preparing for tourist divers the location of Mark Antony's palace, the Timonium. It also cleaned up the wreckage of an ancient 35-metre wooden ship that lies on the bottom of Alexandria's harbour. Two gold coins dating to the second century AD were discovered during the operations, as well as the limbs of...

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  • The Mummification Museum

    Luxor Off The Beaten Path

    I must have gone to the other mummifcation museum, 1 human - 1 baboon - 1 cat - 1 bird - 1 crocodile. Some tools and mummification materials, all poorly described in my opinion. about 100 items in total, which can all be seen and read in 20 mins. Do yourself a favour and give it a miss.

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  • City of the Dead

    Cairo Off The Beaten Path

    City of the Dead (Qarafa, Arafa) is a four mile long cemetery from northern to southern part of Cairo, Egypt. To the people of Cairo and other Egyptians, it is simply el'arafa which means "the cemetery". It is a bustling grid of tombs and mausoleums where people live and work amongst their dead and ancestors. Many residents live here to be near...

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  • Gardens & parks

    Alexandria Off The Beaten Path

    Walking further to the east of Montazah palace, you reach a sandy cove with a semi-private beach that is popular with picnicking families. There are also opportunities for some watersports and swimming, although the beach does not look too inviting. Across a Victorian bridge from the beach is a an island that is perfect spot for admiring the...

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  • Other Destinations in Egypt

    Cairo Off The Beaten Path

    the Saint Joseph Cathedral is located along the european district of Cairo and sits along the embassy row and is one of the few Latin Rite Roman Catholic Churches in Egypt (there are other eastern Rite Catholic Churches in Cairo like the Coptic Catholic, Maronite, Melkite, Armenian Catholic and more) as egypt only has about a 200,000 plus Roman...

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  • coptic monastery

    Alexandria Off The Beaten Path

    At the monastery of Bishoy (Deir Anba Bishoi) a coptic monk showed us the place and explained us the history of the Coptic Christians in Wadi Atrun. After the Romans in the 4th century AD came the destructive raids of the Arabs in 871 AD The originally unprotected communities were fortified afterwards. The monasticism is experiencing a revival,...

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  • Coptic Cairo

    Cairo Off The Beaten Path

    My tour group and I were on our way to see the church of Saint Samaan but in order to do that you have to go through Garbage City . BEWARE If you have a sensitive olfactory nerve (that is strong smells bother you) please bring a mask! In 1969 the governor of Cairo decreed that all trash collectors, Zabbaleen, would move to the garbage dump that...

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  • sea walking

    Alexandria Off The Beaten Path

    Many of the tourists are rushing to Alexandria only to have a look at the remaining of the famous Pharos Lighthouse. Only few know that nothing has remained till now. Now tourists may watch a modern lighthouse not far from the Muntaza Park and imagine the ancient prototype as it could be seen from this point. So did I! I think that in a few...

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  • Gizeh Pyramids

    Cairo Off The Beaten Path

    The most amazing pyramid views and experience can be had whilst either riding a horse or camel through the desert or having drinks or dinner on the best terrace in Giza. It wasn't until I'd lived in Cairo for almost 2 years that I discovered FB Stables - now nobody who comes to visit me misses out and all say it's the highlight of their trip....

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  • shopping spots

    Alexandria Off The Beaten Path

    Pop down to the seconds bazaar. Where mainly women shop for fabric and clothing. You can pick up some beautiful fabrics for next to nothing. It's interesting to watch the women shop and haggle for their purchases.

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Cairo Off The Beaten Path

    It was a rare privilege of watching how to make pita bread as m videos here will show as I have watched how this iconic flatbread of the middle east and India and North Africa is being made in one of the traditional earthern ovens in Christo Restaurant in Giza before we were eating lunch and followed it being delivered at our table. . Pita bread is...

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  • Mosques

    Cairo Off The Beaten Path

    Tucked away amid the modern urban area of Cairo lies one of the world's oldest Islamic cities, with its famous mosques, madrasas, hammams and fountains. Founded in the 10th century, it became the new centre of the Islamic world, reaching its golden age in the 14th century. Follow the local rythme, and enjoy this colourful path.

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  • Bridges

    Cairo Off The Beaten Path

    If you're lucky enough to avoid all the tourist package tours and take your time walking around in this big city its a good idea to stay close to the Nile . You just have to get used to the crazy traffic first , believe me you will get used to it... so walk across El tahrir bridge and watch the cruise boats and other river traffic passing by or...

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  • Khan el Khalili

    Cairo Off The Beaten Path

    As there are thousands of shops/stalls in the Khan you will never be at a loss for places to stop, people to watch, items to browse and shop for. Go to the Khan if you are pressed for time(in my opinion)- it is such an amazing place/experience, you don't want to miss it. The Museum is absolutely worth a visit but given the choice of one or the...

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  • Papyrus

    Cairo Off The Beaten Path

    If you like to buy some real hand painted egypt pictures on real papyrus I recommend Queen of Egypt Papyrus. They have a large collection of paintings and they also use to have demonstrations on how to create the papyrus. This shop you will find at: Abu El Houl St. Nazlet El Samman. I'm the one with a dark blue t-shirt and black cap at the photo...

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  • Zamalek

    Cairo Off The Beaten Path

    The zamalek area is one of the quitest places in Cairo,I always love to cruise around it. This picture was taken from Cairo Tower...the area to the left of the picture is the Zamalek. The big orange building in the center is the Marriott hotel.

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  • Survival at St Katherine

    Life is hard in the desert. The monastery, standing inside a fortress, evidences that nature is not the only menace to the monks. Inside, the space is well organized, with signs of the precious water.Survival is helped by a narrow cultivated valley, outside, just by the monastery. One single doubt: how do they water it?

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  • Desert

    Some people love the risks and hard conditions of the desert. Egypt is a good place for them: desert is everywhere, and the risks of "bad encounters" shouldn't be minimized. Well, I must confess that we prefer the richness of history in comfort. We had desert in the way to Hurghada, we had desert in Sinai, and we had enough desert in Ghiza, even...

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  • Sinai away from the mass tourism

    What about Sinai Egypt?Sinai has been safe and quiet all the time.Sandwiched between the desert of the Sinai mountains and the Red Sea, you can spend nice time snorkeling when it is warm and if you get curious about the mountains you can make realy nice trips.If you feel a bit for an adventure dont go to Sharm el Sheikh but try the more travellers...

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  • Cairo Museum

    After seeing the Pyramids at Giza we stopped in Cairo to visit the Cairo museum It was there where you can see some of the amazing artifacts found in the Pyramids.

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  • CARPET WEAVING MILL

    On our way back from Sakkarah / Memphis to Cairo we drove past various carpets shops and factories... untill we asked our guide to have the mini bus stopped and let us visit one of the factories..... We were wellcomed with open arms by the director of the factory for whom it seemed to be an extra honor to have his factory visited by foreigners and...

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  • Qatamiyya Heights

    This is a residential area; if you are a tourist, you might not get here. But if you love Egypt, this is a really nice newer area -- what about moving to Egypt? My friend moved here and I could see living here! The downside is that the housing is somewhat like the U.S. planned neighborhoods; so each person builds their own house, but there is not...

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  • Mosque of Ahmad Ibn Tulun

    This is the one of the oldest mosques in Cairo and sources like Encyclopaedia Britannica state 'arguably the oldest mosque in Egypt in its original form'. It was constructed from mud bricks and was completed in 879 AD. It is also the third largest mosque in the world.It is famous for its minaret. Only one other minaret in the world (Iraq) has an...

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  • A Little Slice of Turkey

    In the vicinity of the Khan El Khalili bazaar is a house built by a Turkish merchant in 1648. His descendants became sheiks. It has been beautifully resored after being badly damaged by fire, an earthquake in the 1960's and squatters. There are some 200 rooms - family and guest quarters built around a garden. The guest rooms on the ground floor had...

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  • NORTHERN CEMETERY ( AKA " CITY OF THE...

    A few people in the past have suggested visiting the Northern Cemetery just beyond Coptic Cairo ( around the old Islamic Cairo area ) as an " off the beaten path " trip, due to the fact that you can see the reality of the very poor and downtrodden in Cairo and outside of Cairo who have come to the area to live in cemeteries. Many of the poor live...

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  • Take a walk along the nile.

    Walking along the Nile for a few miles gives you a good impression of every day Egypt and you will pass lot's of sights aswell.Give yourself the extra time to do this and you will be rewarded with great scenery and friendly locals.

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  • IS That snow on sand?

    OMG the most amazing part of the trip had to have been the black desert and the white desert we took jeeps through both of them the black desert is literally black covered in iron, and then you go through the crystal desert literally crystals there and then the best the white desert, it truly looks like snow on sand- it is limestone that covers the...

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  • Visit the locals- say the Nubians

    In Aswan, the tour guide asked if we would like to meet with locals. Of course I did want to meet the natives of every country. Our brief visit was very pleasant. There were small alleys and the houses were made differently from the city. You can imagine how awesome it was for me to find out that the locals in that village cooked the old way. They...

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  • Sand dunes

    Once you leave the capital, Egypt is a charming country of canals , villages and , of course, the Nile and the desert.The picture here is near the pyramids of Dahshur. I loved the effect of the sky and the sand dunes, and the pyramids standing in the empty landscape.

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  • 10th of October Production City

    Interested in the new cable/satellite/television production in Egypt? Many new channels and programs are taking place here. I appeared on a show out here, and silly me, I expected to go to the old Television building downtown. Instead, whisked out onto the highway that goes past Agouza and into the desert. Finally one gets to 10th of October City,...

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  • Beyond my general tips: the...

    Beyond my general tips: the Cairo Opera house, the National Theater, the Hanager theater (info. for all can be found in al-Ahram Weekly entertainment) also go see the 'dervish' performance across from the Khan Khalili on Wed. or Saturday evenings (go at 7:30 if you want a seat) -This is a great example of a staged performance, meaning a traditional...

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  • October War Panorama in Cairo

    In the Heliopolis area of Cairo there is a large museum and 3-D panorama telling the story of the Egyptian war against Israel in 1973 (known as the Yom Kippur War). Without getting into the politics of the situation, it is fair to say that the museum and display focus on the Egyptian perspective of the war. I did not get a chance to go inside of...

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  • White Desert

    Well, I went there all by myself 2 years ago with no plans and end up in the most beautiful place I ever seen, the white desert in Baharia Oasis, only 5 hours by bus from Cairo, I whould recomend you that and Siwa Oasis, the king of all Oasis with a unique culture...after that, sure you can see Karnka, Luxor etc...but sleeping in the desert...

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  • Cairo Citadel/Muhammad Ali Mosque

    Cairo Citadel, a magnificent fortress in Cairo was constructed under by Salah ad-Din - an Abbasid Ruler, between 1176 and 1183. It is said that the healthy air that surrounded the citadel was the main reasons why Salah ad-Din chose it as the site.The Citadel's appearance today is the vision of Muhammad 'Ali, particularly the mosque that bears his...

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  • Sultan Hasan Mosque

    The Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan in Cairo is one of the largest Islamic religious buildings in the world.What to see--The Mosque of Sultan Hassan is one of the largest mosques in the world, measuring 150m in length and covering an area of 7,906 sq m. Its walls rise to 36m and its tallest minaret to 68m.Visitors enter the complex through a...

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  • red pyramid,bent pyramid

    hire a taxi and get ot these never vistied pyramids,i got there and there was onlythe 2 tourist police,who i think have not scene a visitor since the pharohs were buried there,these are very large pyramids and close to saqquar

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  • Bahariya Oasis - Desert Safari

    After arrival you will be swarmed with companies offering you the best and the cheapest trip. I booked with Helal Travel before I arrived and was amazing. I had 2 guides and we drove around the desert, dunes, rocks etc. The guides pointed out each feature. By night we slept under the stars (all 10 billion of them). If you have never seen the sky at...

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  • Off Beaten Towns Egypt (Part 2)

    AL'ARISHAl'Arish is another remote beach town that hugs the northern Mediterrenean. It's the complete opposite of busy and chaotic Alexandria and a complete heaven to those who search for empty beaches or are sick of the city life of Alexandria/Cairo! NOTE: Everyone, the locals and local tourists here will look at you if you come here because this...

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  • Off-Beaten Towns Egypt! (Part 1)

    TABATaba is a small frontier town that is the gateway to Israel. It has a beautiful small castle in a little isle and one big hotel guarding it. There's really nothing much to do here except to cross the border to Israel and vice versa. WHAT'S HERE? Well, there's that castle, and some red sea adventuring to do here. (Though it's a WHOLE lot better...

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  • President Sarkouzy

    President Sarkouzy with his girl friend in a private visit to Egypt. I wish they enjoyed.... This Plateau constantly bids warm welcome to our visitors... Welcome to Egypt !

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  • abu simbel

    abu simble, is the temple of ramesse the 2nd's. it is right on the river and was retrived from the water in the 60's this is truly an amazing temple and is well worth the extra time and money to get there. the best time to go is at sun rise around 4am to see the sun come up over the water and light up this amazing structure is really second to...

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  • Star Wars in Sinai!

    Who said the destination was the most important? Who said to sleep along the journey? This is awfully false if you ever decided to take a taxi from Sharm-el-Sheikh to the St. Catherine Monastery! Keep your eyes open: Because the scenery along the way is AWESOME! For me, honestly, the journey was more awesome than the building of the St. Catherine...

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  • The Suburbs of Cairo- Usually Ignored by...

    The Suburds of Cairo- Usually Ignored by Tourists!With the Pyramids, the Citadel and more in mind, why bother going to the suburbs? No wonder it's out of the tourist itinerary! And a chance to feel off-beaten and a chance to get to know how the middle-class to upper class locals 'Live' in Egypt! This suburb: Heliopolis. SO WHY BOTHER GOING TO...

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