Travel Blogs from Cairo
Visiting Egypt, home of the pyramids and many other ancient wonders of the world, has been a lifelong dream of mine. So when the opportunity for a trip of a lifetime recently presented itself, I jumped on it without hesitation. Despite the admonitions from friends wand family members who have been following the western news and who've subsequently accumulated a lot of reservations about visiting this country. So, having been there and now being able to give a firsthand account, this ...
... be no morning activity. Now Ethiopian has rescheduled the flight to 9:30, which meant a 6am rise, and a 12 hour layover in an airport with few facilities. Not an exciting prospect.
Fortuitously I sat with my new Norwegian/Ethiopian/Dutch friends at breakfast, and they invited me to spend the day with them at their uncle's house in Addis Ababa. It sounded like a great plan, as long as I could find an ATM for taxi fares as I had run myself out. When we arrived, Joel, who ...
... the van finally arrived we got on board and began our 15-16 hour drive towards Aswan. We had a chat and a joke for a while, then put the lights out to try get some sleep. It was such a bumpy drive, it was ridiculous trying to sleep! I tried sleeping in all sorts of positions, even trying the floor (which was the worst!) and eventually we just took it in turns between the two of us on the backseat to lay down and snooze for a while then swapped it around, taking it in turns to sleep! ...
... are no traffic lights, no road signs, no road rules. Cars create their own lanes, the roads narrow in places and 5 lanes will merge into 3. Every car is scratched. When you park your car the side mirror is automatically pushed in, (if you have a side mirror). VW Vans are the local taxi. The back panel on the motor is permanently up because of the heat, the side door is left ...
... on the floor. There’s a beautiful pulpit and worshippers going up to the painting of Saint George, kissing their fingers and touching it.
The mosque is just down the road, past a towering block of apartments with a horrible lean into the next building, seemingly moments away from full collapse.
‘The current government has eliminated some of the building regulations so people are making places like this.. also, people know that you don’t ...
Other places to stay in Cairo
وسط البلد, Cairo | 5 star hotelfrom $108
- Wouldn't have changed a thing
- Shame about the AirConditioning
- Good hotel, lousy food
باب البحر, Cairo | 5 star hotelfrom $202
- Un hotel con mucho ruido, mal ubicado para turistas
- Excellent hotel
- Ups and Downs
وسط البلد, Cairo | 5 star hotelfrom $111
- Very good choice
- Mixed, but mostly positive feelings
- Club services not up to scratch
Al Uruba, Heliopolis, Cairo | 5 star hotelfrom $120
قصر الدبر, Cairo | 5 star hotelfrom $102
- I was disappointed.
- Great Views,Poor serivce in reception
- Central and comfortable
وسط البلد, Cairo | 4 star hotelfrom $138
زمالك, Cairo | 5 star hotelfrom $169
- Loved this place !!!
- Value for money but rooms desperately need renovation
- Great week
Ring Road- Mirage City, Cairo | 5 star hotelfrom $175
- Great Hotel
- Nice hotel, shame about the location
- Fabulus service.
3 El Thawra Council St Zamalek, Cairo | 5 star hotelfrom $148
- Loved the Sofitel El Gezirah
- Me encantó el Sofitel El Gezirah
- J'ai adoré le Sofitel El Gezirah
65 Abd El Hamid Badawi st, Heliopolis, Cairo | 4 star hotelfrom $85
- Family friendly
- Accueillant pour les familles
- Nice hotel with good customer service
60 Giza Street, Cairo | 4 star hotelfrom $66
- There are better hotels in Cairo
- Enjoyed Pyramisa Immensely
- Just okay
1, Cairo | 5 star hotelfrom $278
- Calm and Elegant
- Pure Luxury.
- Great Cairo Hotel
51, Al Orouba Street, Cairo | 5 star hotelfrom $77
- Mi è davvero piaciuto
- Simply loved it
بولاق, Cairo | 4 star hotel
- Great value & Superb location
- Poor show!
- Helpful and friendly staff throughout
1115 Cornish El Nile, Cairo | 5 star hotelfrom $101
- Cairo Landmark
- Bad sevice Corrupt staff
- Very Helpful Staff
يلهاماشيجي, Cairo | 5 star hotelfrom $116
Abdel Hamid Badawi Street Extension, Cairo | 5 star hotelfrom $97
3 El Tayaran Street, Nasr City, Cairo | 4 star hotelfrom $70
Emtedad Makram Obeid Street, Cairo | 4 star hotelfrom $147
El Shaheed Sayed Zakaria Street, Cairo | 5 star hotelfrom $171
PO Box 8 Cairo Airport, Cairo | 4 star hotelfrom $65
وسط البلد, Cairo | 5 star hotelfrom $162
Ext. 26th of July St., Cairo | 4 star hotelfrom $87
300 Pyramdis Road, Cairo | 3 star hotelfrom $55
زمالك, Cairo | 3 star hotelfrom $75
- Great value for money - loved the Golden Tulip Hotel
- Very good hotel
- Good location
3 Saraya El Gezira street Zamalek, Cairo | 4 star hotelfrom $79