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Travel Blogs from Cairo
29/09/2012 - Ahlen ya Cairo
Touched down on a 30'C late september afternoon clutching a handful of baffling currency for a visa, and a violin case. Was soon scooped up from the crowd by the amazing Lois Nageib, one of my very few contacts here in Egypt and a very welcome alternative lift to taxi driver-battling over a fee and destination …
After an uneventful breakfast (I avoided the toast station) we took a white metered taxi to visit the Egyptian Museum one more time.
On the first floor we took another look at the Narmer palette which depicted the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt and the Cairo Dahshur Boats 1870-1831 BC (oldest boats in the world).
We looked into some rooms that we did not have a chance to see the previous time. We saw ...
... the tombs did not have hieroglyphics until the 5th Dynasty (around 2300 BC)?
That Cairo was not the original capital city, it was Memphis?
The Pharaoh of Upper Egypt wore a white crown and that the Pharaoh of Lower Egypt wore a red crown?
That when the two kingdoms united the King wore a red and white crown?
The Egyptians were the first civilization to make paper (papyrus)?
The Egyptians were the first civilization to have a calendar?
Today is the last day in Egypt for the Sunflowers.
After breakfast, we pile into our bus with Hala and our guard. Hala explains that Cairo has been under the influence of Islamic culture since 640 AD when Caliph Amr conquered the Romans. In 969 AD, the Fatamids built a new city they called El Kahira (The Victorious) or Cairo. Through the centuries, Cairo is expanded by different rulers to rival any city in the Islamic world. ...
Cairo, Egypt Arrived at Cairo airport and waiting for formalities. Apparently Egypt air travel agent is gonna finish everything about visa and arrange transport to Giza. Hope to catch it before sunset. OK all is done and on the way to visit pyramids. With trafic like this will be lucky if we arrive at all :-P Not a single ...