"Captivating Cairo" Cairo by PierreZA

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What Cairo is about for me

Cairo needs to be experienced, it is not easy to describe this amazing city.
It's chaotic, religous, smelly, noisy, colourful etc. In other words it tickles your senses like few places can.
You are surrounded by ancient history everywhere.

This was my first visit to Egypt. Cairo left a great impression, and I would like to see more of this country!
With a population of about 22 million, it is one of the biggest cities in the world, and the biggest in Africa.
I spent only 5 days, not enough if you want to do and see everything.

It is a city not which is not too difficult to negotiate, but you will have to make use of taxi's or other public transport.

The people I met in Cairo were great, extremely friendly and helpful. Unfortunately you will find a few who "just want to talk and practice English", but eventually do have a plan to take you to a shop, emporium etc. This is not unique to Cairo only, one experience this in many other countries like Morocco, India etc.

Cairo will be what you make of it , you might not like it at all, or really love this wonderful city.

I want to go back to Egypt, to see more of this country and the wonderful people.

What should you do, see, experience?

There is a lot to do and see, depending very much on your interests.
1. Pyramids and sphinx
2. Egyptian Museum
3. Citadel
4. Visit a few Mosques
5. Take a felucca trip on the Nile at sunset
6. Coptic Cairo
7. Eat local cuisine
8. Experience downtown Cairo
9. Khan el Kalili
10 Many, many more!!!

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  • In a nutshell:A Captivating city, very unique!
  • Last visit to Cairo: Sep 2007
  • Intro Updated Oct 5, 2009
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  • TheLongTone's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2010 at 3:59 AM

    Thanks for your kind comment on my Yemen page. Like your header collage... good solution to a place as visually rich as Cairo.

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Wonderful page and tips on Cairo-I would LOVE the souks and perfume shops! One day after I have seen enough of India- Egypt will be my destination. Great photos,Pierre

  • dejavu2gb's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    WOW...Cairo klink totally hectic!!! Nice pages en fotos...ek sal eendag die guts kry om soontoe te gaan om te gaan rondloer.... :)

  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2007 at 1:15 AM

    Nice pictures and tips...Hopefully some day we will make it.cairo's streets sound more chaotic than mumbai's!

  • Behi's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2007 at 1:34 PM

    Great! Al-Rifai also is the resting place of our last shah

  • MM212's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2007 at 7:53 AM

    Great reading your perspective on Cairo. Bulaq and Ataba... wow, you saw the real Cairo. I'm returning there at the end of December. Cheers!

  • matt10gonzalez's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2007 at 12:23 AM

    Oh yes! Cairo is really an intruging place! I would love to see the pyramids and spinx first too!I don't mind going back here again!

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