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Walking In Cairo

as the popular destinations are located far and wide away from each other, walking and taking the public bus or microbus is a way more expensive option than taking a package tour, also the lagnuage barrier is a problem, and the taxis, they are also more expensive to take along the different tourist attractions around Greater Cairo as the taxi drivers, especially the old ones, hardly speak english and will likely gouge you for the ride. the tour buses of you package tours are just parked nearby the destinations and you would not get tired walking to the attractions while on a package tour and also prices are very competitive as the poltical instability at present has lowered the prices.

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Oct 25, 2013

Crossing roads

I took a long stroll from Bab AlFutuh to Khan ElKhalili to see Islamic Cairo, well, it's not a crowded road, mostly small streets. But in big roads and highways, you have to be careful in crossing. See, the locals know how to cross and they cross the roads like they own it, so go along - not alone.

I got the hang of it after 2 days in Cairo - I learned to cross the road alone! This taxi driver was laughing at me one day when I told him that -- I noticed it's not the pedestrians who are afraid of the cars when crossing / it's the cars who are afraid to run over people.

They cross roads or highways like, I dunno, even on green lights for cars! It's like mad, I was amazed.

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Jun 22, 2011

You'll get to the other side. insh'allah

Crossing major roads in Cairo is an adventure, and especially hazardous for Brits like me, used to the traffic coming from the left. You simply have to cross with confidence. The drivers are used to driving around pedestrians: as long as you don't suddenly stop or leap forward you should be OK. If in doubt, 'shadow' somebody else (Nothing like sheltering behind women & children to make you feel good)

On one occasion I was trying to cross the six-lane highway that separates Islamic Cairo from one of the Cities of the Dead, and got stuck half-way, simply lost my bottle. I thought I was either going to spend the rest of my days in the middle of the road or maybe take a taxi to the other side. But a kind Eqyptian took pity on me, took me by the hand & led me to the other side.

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Oct 29, 2006

Risking your life

Being a pedestrian in Cairo is a dangerous proposition, as the Highway Code does not always command the same level of respect as, say, in the UK, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Germany or any other country where I have had the oppotunitity of judging.

Also, the distances are considerable, and the weather is hot even in winter, so you will be much better off (and safer) in an air-conditioned taxi - which should leave you in a much better shape for sightseeing!

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Oct 28, 2006
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Khan el Khalili

If you are acquainted with souks and bargaining, Khan-el-Khalili may be just one more commercial area. But if you want to feel the pulse of arab deals and feel the real Cairo you must not skip this...
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Egyptian Museum of Antiquities

The Cairo Museum contains the world's most impressive collection of ancient Egyptian art. The beautiful edifice itself, designed by the French architect Marcel Dourgnon, was built in 1903, during...
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'Egypt is the Nile' and since the height of the annual inundation of the river was crucial to the economy forecasting it has always been a matter of great interest. The pharonic nilometer was a...
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Agricultural Museum

In the Agricultural museum, it is interesting to see the kind of food the ancient Egyptians eat. There are so many grains and fruits remaining from 4000 years ago and more. We know the pyramid...
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Wekalet El Ghoury - Wekalet el Ghouri Arts Center

Egyptian Tanoura Show is different from the Turkish Whirling Dervishes! The Tanoura Show originated in egypt and is usually performed by Egyptian Sufi Muslims and the Tanoura is similar to the...
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Islamic Cairo

Mediaeval Cairo, often referred to as Fatimid or Islamic Cairo, is extremely fascinating, as this part of the city has changed little in perhaps 500 years. It was the centre of Cairo for eight...
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