A May 2002 trip
to Cairo by akakd
Quote: NOW is the time to visit Egypt if you want to see it without the crowds--not because it's low season, but because there are so few tourists since September 11th. Tourist police insure your security as you wander through ancient sites with unobstructed views. Come visit the land of the pharoahs.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2002
Sheraton Royal Gardens
13, Helmiat Al AHram Street
Giza, Cairo, Egypt
Attraction | "Memphis and Saqqara"
Today, Memphis is home to the forever young King Ramses II, his limestone colossus lying in a concrete pavilion. Outside the pavilion--an 80 ton Alabaster Sphinx. Both the colossus of Ramses II & the Sphinx once stood in front of the temple of Ptah, creator of gods & the world.
In nearby Saqqara is the Step Pyramid built by the exalted architect Imhotep. This was not only the first pyramid to be built, but also the world's first large stone building & a starting point for architecture.
24 kilometres south of Cairo
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Attraction | "Pyramids at Giza"
There's no question that the only one of the Seven Ancient Wonders to have survived the ravages of time, is still a marvel. Pictures don't do justice to the magnitude of the pyramids.
If you have time, visit the Solar Boat Museum, said to be one of the most amazing Pharaonic discoveries.
Of course, you've got to stop @ the Sphinx. When we arrived, it was "closed" early due to no tourists. We were fortunate enough to have it opened, just for the two of us.
Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu)
Giza Pyramids Plateau
+20 2 383 8823
Attraction | "Egyptian Museum of Antiquities"
+20 (2) 579 6974
Attraction | "Islamic Cairo"
While we enjoyed the Mohammed Ali Mosque, the striped El-Nasir Muhammad Mosque, the Mosque & Madrasa of Sultan Hasan, & the Ibn Tulun Mosque w/ its spiral minaret, one of my favorites was the beautiful el Rifa'i Mosque across from the Sultan Hasan. The Mihrab (alcove indicating the direction of prayer toward Mecca), is a masterpiece of wood & marble.
Royal Mosque (Al-Rifa'i Mosque)
Midan Al-qal'a, Adjacent To The Cairo Citadel
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Gayer Anderson House
next to Ibn Tulum Mosque
Attraction | "Khan el Khalili"
Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
Cairo, Egypt 11211
Attraction | "Legends & Legacies"
Legends & Legacies
20 Abo Hazim Street, off Pyramid Road
Arizona, United States