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... me only the warmest hospitality, even though they're refugees. They're also thoroughly puzzled as to why I'm reading the Quran even though I'm not Muslim (I hate to tell them I'm reading the bible too). I've also taught their sons some Israeli Krav Maga, which seems a bit twisted. Also went to the Coptic part of cairo, which is my favorite place in cairo. No one hustled me and were quite friendly. The Coptic museum was also the best organized and ...
My first outing in Egypt is a brisk walk to Tahrir Square. From my hotel, a rather fine and reasonably priced former palace recommended by a former Finance Minister of this country, it is a 30-minute walk along the north shore of Zamalek Island and across a bridge. I arrive with some trepidation, given this is the equivalent of marching up to Place de la Concorde in 1794, but (luckily for me) all is calm today! Cairo, it turns out, is much like ...
... English? It's the same here. We are in the Egyptian's country. It is our responsibility to communicate with them, not the other way around...Just sayin'
Again, if you are hearing stuff on the news, know that I am safe and in a calm place. If their are demonstrations going on, I don't hear them or see them,and am certainly not trying to organize them!!!. The only thing I hear outside my window is the constant honking of taxis...May peace be upon you! LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!
... to a banquet, then locking the gates and his soldiers opened fire on them with muskets. This guy did not mess around!
Mohammed Ali Mosque started in 1426 - 1830 on the site of the destroyed Mameluke palace. In the Ottoman style. It is open air with a kiosk in the middle with water to wash before praying. It was built in memory of his second son Tusun Pasha. The tomb of Ali is located here.
El Nasir the 14th century hypostyle Mosque has an open courtyard ...
There is one postscript that must be added to this day (and the rest of our days in Egypt). Egyptian street vendors aggressively hawk their wares to tourists. There were no vendors at the remote pyramids of Dahshur. That changed in Giza. The problem is simple. There are too few tourists and too many vendors desperate to feed their families. Even the children are insistent and persistent peddlers. All vendors try to wear down your resistance with ...