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... café and said here grand café. Lena and I both laughed… So this driver actually knew where he was going the whole time. He must have thought we were the biggest idiots for yelling grand café at him every two minutes.
Well, the grand café did not disappoint, we had the best food, drinks and shish-a there. Although we were denied a seat by the water, we still enjoyed our cozy spot with a water view. I have always felt much calmer and relaxed by the water.
... injuries and trauma. But the person who took my seat, beltless, in the front, went through the front windscreen. To this day I'm horrified not by the thought of my close scrape, but by the repeatedly selfless response of this friend – now in post operation treatment for a metal insertion into the hand to support a fractured bone – who's response in the midst of his troubles was 'alHamdulillah', thank God you weren't in the car. I have so much to learn from Muslims. ...
... this church were:
13 columns around the pulpit that represented Jesus and the apostles. One black column represented Judas and one gray one represented Doubting Thomas.
An icon of the virgin Mary, Jesus and John the Baptist. It was unqiue because John the Baptist was depicted as a man and Jesus as a child, they should be the same age.
We walked to the Coptic Museum, but we were not able to take photos. It holds the largest amount of Egyptian ...
... hairpin bends. I thought I was pretty good at theme park rides, but here, everyone else is managing to stay relatively still, imminent death not registering on their faces, while I try to stifle my yelps at being thrown seatbeltless this way and that across the minibus, dodging a sloshing billycan of petrol as it slams into the sides of the vehicle.
Finally we are funneled out the bottom of the valley, and as the cliffs fall away behind us, I gasp at the view up in ...
... this structure still in such good shape today. I have always know that I would one day visit Egypt and the pyramids, and again, for what feels like the 434th time on this trip, I was so happy and giddy to be here. This pyramid dates to 2635 BC, from the 4th dynasty of the Pharaohs, and when it was completed back in the day, it had a limestone finish that shone so bright in the sun it was said to be able to blind people. ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBostan Hotel Cairo
Our departing flight out of Cairo was scheduled for 11:25PM, but we arrived with our tour group in the early morning hours, and the company failed to book us a room to wile away the hours until then. Too exhausted to simply wander the streets for twelve hours, we instead wandered down the road looking for a place to stay. Feeling a bit like Joseph and Mary (it was the day after Christmas and there was no room at any inns we tried along the way), we were approached on the street by a uniformed tourist policeman carrying an automatic weapon and the walkie-talkie toting plainclothes sidekick that commonly accompany the cops in Egypt who asked us if we needed help. Once we overcame our fears of being extorted, arrested, or shot, we realized he was indeed planning to help by calling around to a number of local hotels to inquire about vacancies. Ultimately, he sent us in a taxi with a set of written Arabic instructions to the hole in the wall known as the Bostan Hotel, located on a side street that our driver had difficulty finding. The place was cheap ($40 US for a double room) and occupied mostly by Egyptians with the exception of a few German tourists. The room featured stained, cracking and peeling plaster walls, a tiny 19" tube television, and the smell of fake mango air freshener masking an under-odor of urine, but it was a place to crash. The rooftop restaurant fed us fresh koshary (often called Egypt's national dish) and falafel for lunch for around $8 US, which was actually some of the most delicious food we had on the trip--simple and tasty. The waiter went out to another section of the roof where women were hanging laundry, and they presumably whipped up the meal for us. Hotel staff also arranged a VIP outing to the Pharonic Village for $150 LE (they offered the pyramids, but we had been there, done that), a theme-park/historical village cum museum) that was fun as well as a ride to the airport. Also, check out the handpainted elevator shaft featuring scenes of Egypt that you can look at when riding up and down.
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