A travel journal
to Cairo by African Explorer
Quote: Cairo Egypt is must for any Adventure traveler. No where on earth can you walk streets that have been around for 2000 years or stroll through markets lines with fine linens, wild animals, food and beautiful hand made artifacts. Friendly people, wonderful culture, go to Egypt.
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Restaurant | "Al-Sakia (fast food)"
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The Pharaonic Village
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Attraction | "Cairo Museum"
Continuing around the building in a clockwise direction takes you forward in time as you duck into the different rooms. At the far end of the building you will be confronted by material from the time of the heretic pharaoh, Akhenaten.
Keep moving and eventually you will have reached the Graeco-Roman period and walked through more than 3,000 years of history! Upstairs on the first floor (i.e.second level) are thousands of smaller items from the span of Egyptian history. Of course, everybody wants to see the treasures from Tutankhamun's tomb - these occupy a large area along almost two side of the upper floor. Chariots, gloves, jewellery, the famous mask - many of the antiquities from his tomb are displayed here.
Tutankhamun's tomb contained four gilded shrines nested one inside the other. All four of these shrines are on display in the museum. They are lined up in order of decreasing size. The innermost of these covered a stone sarcophagus which remains in the tomb.
It can literally take days to study everything in this museum, I highly recommend not bringing children along unless they enjoy this kind of thing. I have seen tourists with children frustrating themselves and the museum guards with bored children running around.
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Attraction | "Pyramids"
My second visit to Cairo, the pyramids had what the called a 'Sound and Light Show' described in the brochure as 'In an enchanting atmosphere, with sound, light, and music, the show captivates audiences and makes re-live ancient times, the history of the Pyramids and the glory of the Pharaohs. The show is presented in seven languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.'
Well if I wanted a sound and light show on the pyramids I would have went to Vegas!
The last visit to Cairo had a Kentucky fried chicken directly in front of the Sphinx! Well I guess my grandchildren will get to ride the roller coaster around the pyramids..
I don't mean to sound to judgmental and if you like the sound and light show and KFC across the street that is wonderful. I just prefer to leave America behind when I travel abroad..
Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu)
Giza Pyramids Plateau
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