Museum View Hotel
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... into the thick of the city. The traffic was heavy but not tragic and we soaked in the sights. We passed over the Nile but unlike yesterday where it was very much the life source of the area, it almost seemed to be grappling for space as buildings crowded around its green banks. That said, every tiny available space is being farmed, these minuscule little square patches with a central mud hut, surrounded by towering pillars of bricks. Suddenly Sherif told us to look left and ...
... small tree stump as his cutting board, descaling fish but with a semi-circle of cats sat around him in perfect symmetry, the same distance apart from each other. Took a photo on the way back but unfortunately the cats were not quite so well arranged for this photo.
The mobile phone shop looked promising - but was heaving with people. You had to take a ticket and wait your turn - which we were told would be at least an hour - and this was despite the taxi driver ...
... much in the Sahara desert. Needless to say very hot, but strangely beautiful. There was a lone temple guard outside a small temple selling souvenirs. He had a small table spread with handmade Egyptian goods and did quite well with our group. we bought several handmade bracelets and a mother-of-pearl tambourine. It was a little bizarre to find this little display in the midst of the Sahara Desert.
Lunch at 12:30pm and afternoon sailing ...
... it was over to Saqqara and the Step Pyramid, so called because it is build like a wedding cake with several layers or steps. Along with the Step Pyramid was a whole mortuary complex with preparation chambers for the burial, and tombs for the builder and his family along with the nobles.
Arrived back at the hotel for a late lunch and a relaxing afternoon, before dinner again on the rooftop overlooking the Giza complex. A memorable ...
... pastries, cakes, Oum Ali, dates and nuts.
Half an hour later, gorged to immobility, I feel like I could cry again for a different reason.
The grand finale of the night comes in the form of an explosive African dance troupe (despite being on the continent, the Egyptians only ever refer to sub-Saharan countries as 'African'), who conga their way onto the dance floor in feather headdresses and grass skirts to ignite the crowd once more with drum-banging ...