An April 2003 trip
to Cairo by Chrissy1
Quote: "Marhaba". Welcome to Cairo, home to one of the seven wonders of the world and the land of the pharoahs. View in awe the magnificent pyramids/sphinx, visit ancient sites, the longest river in the world, great bazaars, and local delicacies. You're guaranteed a holiday never to be forgotten. . .just like the pharoahs.
I went with local friends we had the mezza, which is an assortment of around eight dishes of dips, baba ganoush, tahnia, local salads, fried vegetable puffs, and more. Try the falafel and shish tawek (grilled chicken). Kebabs are a must. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is! A must is the local "lemon" juice made fresh from local limes. Wow, you'll never want to drink anything else. The Egyptians have a special dish called Moulaheia, which is a slimy green vegetable, but don't let that put you off -- it is delicious and served with rice and shar-ay-ya, a thin, fried pasta that gives the rice a great look and taste. There are many desserts, too. Mala-bay-ya is the most refreshing-- t’s a type of tapioca, but creamy.
You'll just have to go and try it!! Behena-wa-shefa, or bon appetit!
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 2, 2004
15 Hoda Sharawi Street
+20 2 392 2833
Attraction | "Mohamed Ali Mosque or Citadel"
The mosque is situated about 15km from the centre of town. You should take a taxi or a tour can be arranged through your hotel.
Once you enter the holy area, you must take off your shoes to go inside, lay on the floor, and look at the ceiling. From it hangs the most incredible array of light fixtures you have ever seen -- be amazed at the beautiful ancient architecture.
Salah Salem Highway
20 2 512 9619
Attraction | "Horseback Riding at the Pyramids"
When you get there, they all fight for business and the best deals -- don't pay more than LE10, which will give you about 20 minutes of horseback riding. We went with one of the small boys and his horses were well looked after. He took us to the top of a sand dune and from there you felt like Lawrence of Arabia – it was just you, the horse, and the winds of time, viewing one of the most amazing sights to behold anywhere.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 2, 2004
Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu)
Giza Pyramids Plateau
+20 2 383 8823
Attraction | "Cairo Museum"
+20 (2) 579 6974
The Pyramids of Giza will astound you with their beauty, and you'll be in awe of the man-made wonder that rises from the desert.
You can get there from downtown Cairo for around A$30, which will hire you a car with a driver for the day. The dollar is very strong now, so your money goes a long way.
There are many hotels from two- to five-star which cater to all budgets in Cairo, and then get yourself to the Pyramids.
The area has now been cleaned up of all the beggers and bargainers, and there is now a vantage point at the top of the hill--a place for all tourists to view the most magnificent sight on earth. Here you will also find the camel guides and horsemen wanting you to take a ride for a few dollars. Why not--they have to earn a living.
You can also buy some wonderful memorabilia right there on-site.
The energy is magic!
The security is now controlled, and all cars are searched on the way in; there is a small fee of $A2 to pay at the entrance.