Cairo Journals

Bumblings in Cairo

A February 2005 trip to Cairo by TravelYurt

Quote: An alien world in many ways, getting used to Cairo was just like getting used to anywhere else - and I often felt strangely safer there than I did in many other places around this world.

Bumblings in Cairo

Overview

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Sphinx and Pyramids, of course; the Cairo Museum is fantastic, and the great market in old Cairo is not to be missed (recent troubles be damned). It is also worth noting the horrid poverty in the outskirts of the city.

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I would suggest using competent drivers from tour companies wherever possible, or, at the worst, a recommended taxi driver. Egyptian drivers are certifiably loony.
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The overall appearance of the place is quite spectacular and clean, with good food, superb landscaping, a friendly staff, and a wonderful pool area. As for the rooms, they are serviceable, though mosquitoes do find their way in (no matter where you are in Egypt it seems.) The room appeared clean, though it is not what you might expect from the look of the resort. This is a room to use as a base for your travels, not to relax in for hours every day.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 3, 2005

Cataract Pyramids Resort
Sakkara Road
Cairo, Egypt

Giza Pyramids and The Sphinx

Attraction | "Pyramids & The Sphinx"

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On the one hand, the pyramids and sphinx are fantastic. The city of Cairo is still at a somewhat respectable distance, though I fear that will change in 50 years. You can touch the pyramids and go inside for extra money, whereas you can't get near the Sphinx. Everywhere there will be rude, pushy vendors trying to sell you things or get free tips, and they will even swear they are giving you something for free and then ask for money for it. Guards do nothing about this and expect tips as well for photographs. Go ahead and tip - everyone working there needs the money. A camel ride from the pyramid lookout point is recommended fun. There are plenty of places everywhere to buy Egyptian souve...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 3, 2005

Giza Pyramids and The Sphinx
Giza Plateau
Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Egyptian Museum

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The Egyptian Museum is not like most museums on Earth. It is old, it is absolutely filthy, and it is dark. Museums in the West tend to be well-lit, thoughtfully spaced, and consist of galleries, whereas the Egyptian Museum has things lying all over the place. Overcrowding of objects is obvious by the unceremonious way that some of them, such as mummies, are displayed. That said, history is everywhere and it is a worthwhile experience - to see the full treasures of Tut is amazing. These pharaohs had some money.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 3, 2005

Egyptian Museum
Tahrir Square
Cairo, Egypt
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