How did we end up in Visiting Cairo, Egypt?
Yes, my dear wife Terry found us a house sit in Hurghada, Egypt. Five weeks in a popular tourist area. We tend to look WAY outside the box and went for it! But first we need to visit the “hot spots of Egypt” so we flew in to Cairo and decided to stay there for a few days and check out the nearby sites. Visiting Cairo, Egypt. One more out of the bucket list!
I booked a cheap hotel room that said it was close to the touristy sites and away we went. The hotel “City View Hotel” was nice enough with a free breakfast and internet. While being simple and old it had a few things going for it. It was overlooking the Egyptian Museum and the staff was wonderful They bent over backwards to help us with any needs that we had. A wonderful experience. We used hotels.com to find them and got a good price. Check out my review of Hotels.com
A little bit about Cairo. We were in the main downtown and busy area of Cairo. Traffic was crazy! There is no way I could have driven around this city. Stop signs and traffic signals were ignored and Horns were used more than brakes! I can honestly say, the only time we felt “unsafe” was trying to cross the streets, even at the crosswalks at a light!
First day, we spent the afternoon at the Egyptian Museum
Wow, what a great choice to start out our adventures in Egypt. This place is FULL of artifacts that were found in Egypt. Including everything taken out of King Tut’s Tomb! The bad news, is that we were not allowed to take pictures inside the King Tut Room. An afternoon here gave us a taste of what we were going to see on our visit to Egypt.
Second Day, The Great Pyramids
We were able to hook up with a guide through our hotel. HIs name was Wagih Alfy (we called him Alfy). A wonderful, knowledgeable person and we used him on our stay in Cairo. We jumped into a hired car from our hotel and in short time, we were near the pyramids. Now, The pyramids are not in just a small area. They take up quite a bit of territory. So, we had to stop and arrange transportation to explore the pyramids. We had our choice of camel, horse or horse pulled buggy. Terry insisted that she wanted to ride the camel, but the guy there was skeptical. He offered to bring a camel over and let here try one first and then she could make the final decision. Long story short, we took the horse drawn carriage. She did NOT like the height of the camel!
It was an incredible experience! We were at the GREAT PYRAMIDS OF GIZA! I will let the pictures speak for themselves. We still couldn’t believe we were actually here!
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Third day, more exploration of Cairo
We hired Alfy again for a half day of exploring. We walked some streets and visited a Mosque there in Cairo. Beautiful sites and we were settling in to the way things are in Egypt.
We were surprised to visit a historic church in Cairo. It was the Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, also known as Abu Serga, in Coptic Cairo is one of the oldest Coptic churches in Egypt, dating back to the 4th century. Below this church is the cave where Mary and the baby Jesus hid when exiled to Egypt. What a surprise!
At the end of the day, Alfy took us to a “Kushari Restaurant”. All they served was ONE DISH and that was Kushari. It is the “poor man’s food” of Egypt and we loved it! The ingredients are spaghetti noodles, two other smaller types of noodles, chick peas and lentils. Then they put thin crispy fried onions on top. Topped with Garlic and Tomato Sauce, it was delicious! And cheap also. We each got a plate plus waters and I think we paid $6 for the two of us. We could use to eating like this!
The Fourth Day, the Pharonic Village
OK, this was kind of touristy but really neat! It taught us about early life in Egypt. We got on a small boat and traveled around an island in a circle. There were actors dress in native garb doing chores etc that they would have done in ancient times. We really enjoyed it!
Next stop to a huge market in Ancient Cairo. Wow! The colors, the sites and the smells were wonderful. What a way to end our short stay in Cairo.
Where to next? We will be traveling to Luxor were we will be embarking on our Eight day Nile Cruise.
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