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Cairo, Cairo, Cairo…. where shall I begin? This adventure is probably my favorite to share.

This time last year, Caro and I decided to embark for a week in Cairo, Egypt. Luckily, a friend of a friend shared the city with us- as he showed us all of the local gigs that I honestly felt I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. Upon arrival, we taxied to our hotel on Zamalak, the island in the Nile (sort of like Ile de la Cité, in Paris) to settle in and start our wandering.

We went with no real plans, and just high hopes of stumbling upon treasures in the souqs and doing the traditional horseride around the Giza pyramids. Boy were we in for a treat! Our first night we were picked up by some friends for a boat ride on the Nile, which was absolutely stunning and the perfect time to see the city lights of Cairo with some Sakara & Stella Egyptian beers.

The next day we decided to walk up to the city centre, which was quite the spectacle: to white girls with big Nikon cameras and Ray Bans ready to go! Little did we realize it’s almost nothing to taxi around, and it saves from some of the whistling, ha! As we snapped photos of graffiti, buildings, and storefronts, we discovered Downtown Cairo and Tahrir Square as well as the Cairo Museum, where many of the mummies are stored (you can’t bring your camera inside…literally… not even in your bag so heads up- but they provide free lockers just in case you do have one!) We then wandered back for a rest before roaming Zamalek a bit and our temporary little neighborhood. We had a glass of Omar Khayyam red wine at L’Aubergine, a cute hole-in-the-wall restaurant nearby.

The days flew by, and we managed to go back and forth from Khan Khalili– the famous souqs to find treasures. You can get lost in there, and you find many just about anything: bags, leather goods, jewelry, antiques… on and on and one. One of the best jewelers that our friend Omar took us to was in the depths at Mohamed Amin, where we found beautiful silver rings for really cheap (oh yeah, did I mentioned everything in Cairo is dirt cheap??)

We were also exposed in Khan Khalili to the varieties of Egyptian Cuisine such as stuffed pigeon (which you can try locally with some green tea & hookah at a café/resto called “Fishary” in the Khan Khalili Souqs, ….if you can find it :) ). However, the MUST TRY Egyptian meals remain to be: Koshari (the national dish they say, which is a mixture of lentils, macaroni and rice with lovely sauces and such… it is divine), Baba Ghanouj (mashed eggplant with seasonings), Ful Medames (mashed fava beans and olive oil, mixed with parsley, garlic, and lemon juice) and of course loads of pita bread with a lovely glass of the famous Egyptian lemonade.

A note on the traditional sightseeing & must-see’s:

To start off, naturally: the Giza Pyrimids. We were spoiled to go with our new friends who are locals, because they definitely hassled the homeboys and Giza to give us good prices and not rip us off— plus, they are a bit of a drive over from central Cairo (some hotels offer shuttles or day trips- definitely take advantage, it’s easy to get ripped off on taxi rides to Giza). We took the horse ride around the Giza pyramids with a young Bedouin boy who also so nicely took photos of us pretending to hold the pyramids and all that jazz. I mean, we couldn’t got here and NOT do that.

Back in the center, the view from the top (above) is from the Cairo Tower, which only costs a few bucks to go up to the top, on the south end of the Zamalek island. The views are breathtaking, even when a bit hazy. In terms of mosques, my favorite in Cairo is Mosque Ibn Tulun, which was beautiful, and they were quite nice about letting us in even without headscarves as long as we took off our shoes. Although there are many beautiful small ones that you pass by walking and roaming around. Mosque Aqmar, Abu Dahab, and the Mosque of Muhammed Ali are all worth a peek. Cairo is a mystery and a beautiful maze…no matter how dirty or deserted it may seem, everything has a beauty to it.

Although my notes are not as thorough, all of these sights are must see on your trip to Cairo. Roaming around is half the fun, and if you know some Arabic, don’t be shy and speak with the people. Say ‘shoukran‘ (thank you) all the time, and they’ll love it as you walk in and say ‘marhaba‘ (hello)! Make friends. Drink some Stella and chill out by the Nile, or  in a bar with the locals.

It’s beautiful, in so many ways.

To Omar, Ziad, Mina & the boys: we miss you dearly! Can’t wait until next time.

Comments

59 Comments

  1. Karen Spotts #
    February 28, 2011

    Hey girl, bout time you got these posted!! They are lovely shots of a beautiful city. I hope the events of the last few months have not marred these ageless monuments. I know the Museum suffered. I hope your friends are safe and ready for their newfound freedom. I haven’t seen Egypt since about 1982. Loved it!

    • March 1, 2011

      Nice shots. Hope the city’s worth does even better with the recent changes. I always prefer lush green, but the golden sand shade has its appeal too. Dont know if i would ever get to go there.


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  2. Rachel Ridings #
    February 28, 2011

    Meg your photographs are phenomenal. You give awesome travel advice! I want to go to Egypt really bad now!

  3. Vanessa Tuppan #
    February 28, 2011

    A year late, but there is no better time to post this then now. Its such a beautiful country and now its beauty is solidified by its freedom. Meg your writing and photos are amazing!!! I’ll admire you always and always! <3

  4. February 28, 2011

    These are amazing photos — it seems such a diverse, incredibly authentic culture. I can’t wait to visit…

    :)

  5. February 28, 2011

    Looks like a lovely, yummy trip. Love smiling kids in the last picture. :)

  6. February 28, 2011

    I loved Ciaro :)

  7. February 28, 2011

    It is a beautiful country overall. My dad studied Architecture there. I would love to visit one day.
    It’s so unfortunate to see what was happening, I don’t like to be inspired by the recent events but I was, visit my postDeath In Alexandria

  8. angelluss #
    February 28, 2011

    Beautiful Photos.
    I’ve been down as far as Abu Simbal visiting Karnak, the Valley of the Kings and Luxor en route. I went with a friend and we began the holiday in Cairo with a visit to the Pyramids. Egypt really is mind expanding.

  9. February 28, 2011

    Beautiful photos, the ones of food are definitely making my stomach grumble!

  10. February 28, 2011

    Beautiful pictures. Too bad I’ll probably never go there. At least you let me get a taste of what it would be like.

  11. missdreamyworld #
    February 28, 2011

    Great pictures, thank`s for sharing! :-)

  12. February 28, 2011

    FANTASTIC pictures. thanks for sharing. the food looks amazing and your travels looked fun. seeing the pyramids is on my bucket list for sure. really amazing. nice photogs

  13. February 28, 2011

    And now it’s FREE!

  14. February 28, 2011

    Great pictures! I was entranced. Thank you for sharing these. So interesting to see apart of the world just before such profound changes. I wonder how this will reshape the culture, if at all.

  15. February 28, 2011

    O Girl! You did snap a lot of local culture here. Glad that you enjoyed it and I must say the Revolution is just adding a whole new flavor to it, full of hope and full of Energy. Cairo’s 5000 years hype is still ON, Only Better. Period.

  16. February 28, 2011

    Beautiful Pix!
    As an Egyptian I always love to see beautiful pictures of my country!

  17. February 28, 2011

    Feels like I’m really in Egypt while looking at the photos.

  18. goceeng #
    March 1, 2011

    foto yang kereen !!!
    kami sungguh sngat senang melihat foto2 nya !!
    foto2 nya sangaaat baguus sekali
    beautiful photo

  19. goceeng #
    March 1, 2011

    foto yang kereen !!!
    kami sungguh sngat senang melihat foto2 nya !!
    foto2 nya sangaaat baguus sekali
    beautiful photoB)

  20. casy #
    March 1, 2011

    love your pictures~

  21. March 1, 2011

    Quite an interesting read coupled with fantastic photos. Good job!

  22. March 1, 2011

    Very Nice Pictures Collection ..if you have more Unik pic ..please publish I like it to read your sites

  23. aan #
    March 1, 2011

    wow beutiful country,
    bravo eagypt. this site makes me wanna travel to there…
    wish I can

    visit me at:
    http://www.aantrending.blogspot.com

  24. March 1, 2011

    whoa….Egypt is beautiful. I like the Giza Pyramids. =)

  25. March 1, 2011

    Herzliche Grüße aus Germany !

  26. March 1, 2011

    After spending 2.5 years there in 2001 and following, I miss the koushri, the ta’amiya, the hummus, ALL of the food really, the pyramids, the felucca rides with my wife and kids…most of all I miss the warmth of the people. Thanks for posting the pics and the travelogue.

  27. rea #
    March 1, 2011

    I’d love to go back!

  28. March 1, 2011

    love the photos, looks like a happy place.

  29. March 1, 2011

    Great post, lovely photos, fantastic glimpse for someone who hasn’t been there…yet….

  30. March 1, 2011

    I will really be peaceful after the uprisings in Tahrir Square in Cairo. I hope everything has come back to normal and travellers can visit the city now. Your account of Cairo seems to prove that everything is pretty well there now.

    • March 1, 2011

      Haha thanks! These photos were taken this time last year however….

  31. March 1, 2011

    Wonderful and clever photos. Terrific article on Egypt – loved it and brought back fond memories.

  32. vanimator #
    March 1, 2011

    Really Beautiful photos !! and fantastic experience to share.
    I really liked the photos.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience and photos.

    Vanimator
    http://www.vanimator.com

  33. March 1, 2011

    ehm, the wonderful traveling… :) i like it..

  34. March 1, 2011

    Gorgeous photos, great account, especially in light of recent (and ongoing) events. Congrats on FP.

  35. March 1, 2011

    Despite all the events which occured in Cairo a few weeks ago, a visit to Cairo is a must for me someday. This post reminds me how beautiful the city is.
    Cheers,
    Bama

  36. March 1, 2011

    Shoukran! Merci to all, glad you like the photos!

  37. March 1, 2011

    Beautiful photos! Bat…
    Where is Mubarak? :)
    http://yogaitslife.wordpress.com

  38. March 1, 2011

    I enjoyed reading this, thank you

  39. March 1, 2011

    Awesome! I especially love the shot of the baazaar….I think that’s what it’s called. Looks indescribable…

  40. March 1, 2011

    I went to Cairo about 10 yrs ago and I love that place.
    the photos are great! You show different aspects about Egypt, not just the “post card shoot”
    Thanks for sharing

    I hope that this city will be forever beautiful and peace.

  41. caro lion #
    March 1, 2011

    Such an amazing trip! I hope all that’s been happening doesn’t deter people from visiting in the future. TOTALLY WORTH IT!

    • Meg #
      September 14, 2011

      Such a great trip wit chuuuu.

  42. March 2, 2011

    Love the pictures!!

  43. March 2, 2011

    What a beautiful picture, glad you liked Egypt !

  44. March 3, 2011

    Thanks for your sharing

    Have a nice/wonderful stories and comments account!

  45. March 5, 2011

    awesome post, thanks for sharing.
    Now i am motivated to share my Great Moments of my recent epic trip to Cairo.
    Can’t wait to go back! such awesome people, and what a wonderful culture.

  46. March 16, 2011

    WOW really amazing photos

    thanks for sharing

  47. April 7, 2011

    Beautiful pictures. Too bad I’ll probably never go there. At least you let me get a taste of what it would be like.

  48. April 22, 2011

    Despite all the events which occured in Cairo a few weeks ago, a visit to Cairo is a must for me someday. This post reminds me how beautiful the city is.
    Cheers,

  49. Gabriela Valdivia #
    June 21, 2012

    I work at a hookah lounge in Milwaukee and many of our regulars are originally from Egypt. A few of them insist that I could pass for an Egyptian woman, I’ve never been nor am I familiar with the Egyptian look but I smile and take it as a compliment. It looks like a very unique place from all your pictures. Love it!

  50. June 22, 2012

    Reblogged this on TheBlackMansion and commented:
    Nice photos. I’ll surely be there in the near future

  51. January 21, 2013

    Absolutely stunning. My favourite photo is the one in that juice shop with the fruit. GORGEOUS.

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