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Egypt is a touristic country that stands out of the crowd with its long, very long history that dates back to at least 7000 years ago!
As the Pharaonic civilization rose up on its lands, the Pharaohs seem to have spread over most of Egypt's land, that's why its endless monuments are scattered all around the country.
... here in Egypt. So after that we managed for ourselves.
Dropped by our taxi at a large gate we were told to go that way...
It all worked out well as we orientated ourselves. An adventure exploring the old Islamist centre of Cairo. Leather maker streets, textiles, candlestick makers, bakers boys carting huge piles of bread on long trays balanced above their heads to avoid the crowds.
... cars or motorcycles, and then BAM - you look up and you're face to face with something out of a history book. Instant chills.
Most of the buildings in the city are tall, high-rise apartments... many of them in pretty poor shape, but all of them inhabited. The most interesting thing we saw on the way in was the "Dead City". They call it this because the land is officially a cemetery, yet people who are unable to afford to live anywhere else have built homes onto / on ...
... misheard us saying 'market' as 'carpet'!! lol.
After this we drove for about an hour out of Cairo to 'Siqqor', another ancient site of a kings tomb and the actual building of the very first pyramid. So this was indeed the oldest manmade structures known to us today. Couldn't believe how deep the tomb was (around 40 metres down). The pyramid was not in a good state and is currently being restored, with lots ...
... as a leader. To walk in the steps of such ancient majesty is something you can only describe as awesome.
We lunched at a beautiful local restaurant on authentic Egyptian food. Falafels, ful medames, dolma,chicken and salads very yummy. then off to some of the government sanctioned shops. Unfortunately the Chinese have a strong hold in Egypt as well as at home and many of the items for sale at the tourist sites are china made and ...