Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
143Trip End Sep 30, 2010
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First stop, the Egyptian museum, complete with man attempting the "no, museum is closed, I can take you to the market instead, big sale today" scam. Overwhelming in size, we soon reached the saturation point of failing to be impressed by row upon row of intricately decorated mummy caskets.
Our next adventure was attempting to take public transport to the pyramids. A few hours later, and with the "help" of a local, we ended up at the dodgy side entrance with a man trying to sell us camel rides around the pyramids
We also visited Islamic Cairo (the bit with an even higher concentration of mosques than everywhere else... very loud at call to prayer time). Amazing architecture of buildings and ancient markets that are still trading. We climbed one of the towered gates for views over Cairo and discovered where the city rubbish ends up... on the roofs. The architecture of the mosques is stunning and they are very peaceful inside if you can dodge the caretakers who inevitably hunted us down in each mosque to demand baksheesh. We went to the rabbit warren of churches in Coptic (Christian) Cairo and were not hassled for money once. Interesting.
And of course, no visit to Cairo would be complete without a stroll along the Nile, which is far filthier than in Luxor... well we are downstream I suppose.