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... it never got violent. When you ignore them and keep walking you then either are called a ******** or ****er, of they no the English, or what I'm assuming is an equivalent curse in Arabic. Tourism has taken a hit, that's for sure though. Several hotels were closed, no travel agencies were open, and I couldn't find any tours going to the sights I wanted to see (reasonable priced anyways), as "there are not enough tourists." As one Egyptian shop winter put it: "The only tourists ...
... and telling me the way I wanted to go was not allowed, I called him out on his ********, and took the ticket from his hand. Fortunately he gave up and left. And I could wander around in peace. Besides ignoring the halfhearted attempts to get me to ride a camel and one more spontaneous tour guide, that is. It was very quiet in the entire area. Every guide book I had read had warned me about the crowds and the chaos at the Pyramids, but in the hour and ...
... the amount of papyrus writings recovered from tombs. The lady doing the demonstrating also gave us some tips on how to tell the difference between the real stuff (that they sell) and the fake stuff (which is pretty much anything you buy on the street). Some of the paintings were magnificent, and included some made with glow in the dark ink!
At some point we stopped for a buffet lunch, but I can't remember exactly when in the day it was - blame the heat frying ...
... and fez maker areas on our prior visit to this big bazaar area. This time we walked over which took about the same time as our first in the taxi!
Over half the market was closed because it was Friday! The old medieval gates and mosques are there to look at. We had hibiscus tea at the famous El Fishawi's restaurant in the heart of the tourist section of the market.
Then Dave went into the ...
... second set of
pyramids sit in lonely grandeur and around them some of the most incredible
tombs, containing hieroglyphic carvings and wall paintings whose lasting detail
and definition I still can’t believe. I don’t know quite to what extent the quietness
of this potential tourist hotspot is to do with the revolution, but as sole
visitors of the Red Pyramid, we clamber its steep side and look out over the
desert back to Cairo.