Visiting Cairo – the big capital
All visits to Egypt usually start and finish in Cairo. Most of them without leaving it. That’s because Cairo is a large town, with many contrasts and the pyramids just there…
However, we made a different trip when Cairo was only the starting and ending city.
Time to see the essential, but only that.
What a size
Everybody has a good image of what drags millions to Cairo – the pyramids; Everybody knows that they are extremely big; Anyway, everybody gets surprised when trying to make a picture of them and, even from the distance, they confirm their astonishing dimensions.
That, and the sensation felt in front of the most important landmark of mankind, are more than enough to justify the trip.
And, don’t even dare to start thinking how did they build that…
Address: Al Haram Str., Gizeh, Cairo
More than a mystery guarding the pyramids, the sphinx is a complex, with a temple showing some interesting details in its construction. (And providing a few blessing shades that give time to think and to appreciate the dimension of the whole).
As a matter of fact there are two temples near the sphinx, but only the one facing it was built in the same time, and probably by the same constructors. It seems that in was never finished, and though showing the same signs of erosion than the sphinx, it is a brief and interesting visit.
Maybe the richest museum that I’ve seen, it left me with a sensation of… disappointment.
The collection is so big, so rich, that the display is too dense and inexpressive. Only the section of Tutankhamun glows in the whole, with the drawback that it is always crowded.
Address: Midan El Tahrir, Cairo 11557
Directions: not far from Nile Hilton Hotel
Balcony over Cairo
One of the highest points in a plane city, Saladino’s citadel is the best place to have a general look over town.
Looking closer, the military constructions and specially the alabaster mosque have some precious details
Khan el Khalili – Business for all
If you are acquainted with souks and bargaining, Khan-el-Khalili may be just one more commercial area. But if you want to feel the pulse of arab deals and feel the real Cairo you must not skip this famous street, and its tents and shops of any kind.
I must confess that we were not impressed, maybe because… it was one more… we were short in time… shopping was done…
Address: From Al Azher st.,Cairo
Memphis is today only a memorial: an open-air museum with an alabaster sphinx for the touristy photo, and a huge statue of Ramses II protected in an expressly built construction. In a fresh and well-maintained garden, some other relics justify your trip, and differently from Cairo Museum, you can easily walk around and… breath.
Less known and visited than Giza’s pyramids, Sakkara is the older one discovered in Egypt.
The adjacent temple is interesting and well displayed. There are also a few and beautiful mastabas open to visit.
Address: South of the city
Mercure Le Sphinx hotel
A five stars hotel that deserves its classification.
It’s located at walking distance to the Pyramids, and it’s a good solution if you are, like us, in a full time program, with transport every time and everywhere. Its location, out of the town of Cairo, would bring the problem of what to do after seeing the pyramids and sphinx.
Taxis, of course would answer, but a hotel inside town would do it better.
Unique Qualities: Swimming in the pool with the pyramids watching you is… something!
Comparison: more expensive than average
Phone: 20 2 3837444
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