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Cairo: We're Literally in BFE!

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A May 2006 trip to Cairo by Carmen

Grand Hyatt Cairo Photo, Cairo, Egypt More Photos
Quote: Ancient, but new. Fascinating, but frustrating. Cairo is a city you won't soon forget!

Cairo: We're Literally in BFE!

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Overview

Camel at the Pyramids Photo, Cairo, Egypt
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Cairo, while being terribly beautiful, can also be terribly frustrating—even to Egyptians. But it certainly has its high points.The Pyramids are breathtaking, and I think my favorite time of day to see them was at night during the Sound and Light Show. In a way, it’s kind of cheesy to have such a production around such ancient structures, but in another way, I think the Pharaohs really would’ve gotten a kick out of it. It’s a pretty awesome site during the day as well, and the Pyramids at sunset are indescribable. Despite the fact that I didn’t want to, my photo of the Pyramids on a camel is now one of my most treasured.A day trip to the Saqqara Step...Read More

Grand Hyatt Cairo

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Hotel | "Grand Hyatt Cairo - Good Choice"

Grand Hyatt Cairo Photo, Cairo, Egypt
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"You might not know it, but you chose the best hotel in Cairo" Situated on a small peninsula on the Nile River in central Cairo, the Grand Hyatt Cairo is a great choice for travelers who want amenities, restaurants, service, and the right location all in one experience.For about $200 per night, you get a secure location that’s close to the Egyptian Museum (20 minute walk—but you do have to cross a big intersection, which could be a death wish in disguise) and a reasonable driving distance (half hour) to the Pyramids and other attractions. In addition, there’s a shopping "mall" attached to the hotel if you have any high-end purchases you’d like to make, a food court and a Hard R...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 6, 2006

Grand Hyatt Cairo
Corniche El Nile, P.O. Box 2288
Cairo, Egypt
+20 (2) 3651 234

Grand Hyatt – Gastronomically Speaking

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Restaurant

La Familigia Restaurant, Grand Hyatt Photo, Cairo, Egypt
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Grand Hyatt Cairo (see lodging review) itself features several dining opportunities, from Italian to Asian to Seafood to Egyptian. There’s also a food court in the "mall" next door that serves those quick snacks for either before you head out sightseeing or when you return too tired to clean up for a proper dining room. The food court (which allows you to charge the food back to your room) has many options, from Spaghetti (which was VERY good) to burgers to pizza to ice-cream. Each item runs about 10-20 Egyptian pound...Read More

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Dinner Cruisin’ Around on the Nile

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Attraction

Nile Cruise Photo, Cairo, Egypt
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For 210 Egyptian pounds a piece, we booked the Grand Hyatt’s Nile dinner cruise—the Marquise. Included was a 2-hour ride (from 8pm – 10pm), a buffet dinner, and entertainment in the form of Egyptian karaoke and the main event, the belly dancer. What was most surprising is that drinks weren’t included. Not even one! Not even the bottled water that they brought to our table without us even asking for it! That said, the waiters went out of their way to hold our chairs and refill our glasses and even remove our plates (sometimes before we were finished.) Even the chef, who was monitoring the buffet line, gave out helpful suggestions as to food items we didn’t recognize—as he was singing along wi...Read More

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Egyptian Museum

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Attraction | "Egyptian Museum – I Want My Mummy!"

Egyptian Museum Photo, Cairo, Egypt
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The first thing you should know about the Egyptian Museum is that as of this writing, you’re not allowed to even carry a camera into the building. Take some photos in the gardens (there are sufficient artifacts there) either before or after you go through the museum. You’ll have to take your camera to a little stand and they give you a claim ticket. Those people who use flash when they shouldn’t ruined it for everyone.For a car, a guide, and the entrance fee (including time at the Mosque) the cost was $50. The collections in the museum are massive, and you could easily spend days here—kind of like the Louvre. However, you can get plenty of highlights in a morning. The displays are divided in...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 6, 2006

Egyptian Museum
Tahrir Square
Cairo, Egypt
+20 (2) 579 6974

Khan el-Khalili Bazaar

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Attraction | "Khan El Khalili Market – How Can I Take Your Money?"

Khan el-Khalili Bazaar Photo, Cairo, Egypt
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For an extra $15, we included a stop at the market to do a little shopping. Come prepared with patience, small bills and a strongly worded “La Shokuran!” The streets on which these vendors have set up shop are conveniently (for the vendors) very narrow, giving them plenty of time to cut in front of you or veer you closer to their wares. These wares are mostly cheap chatchke kind of things—glass pyramids, belly dancing outfits, scarves, jewelry. And they can see a tourist a mile away. We were told we should haggle—but the vendors weren’t buying it from two little white girls. I couldn’t get one guy to budge at all on a little Anubis jar!And these guys are tricky! I approached a small bo...Read More

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Khan el-Khalili Bazaar

Cairo, Egypt 11211

South Saqqara

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Attraction | "Saqqara Day Trip – Im-ho-tep! Im-ho-tep!"

Saqqara Photo, Cairo, Egypt
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For about $25 for a car and guide and entrance fee, we set out early in the morning to visit the Saqqara step pyramid – the first pyramid and the first stone structure ever built. It’s located about a 25-minute drive from the Pyramids, so leave an hour or so from your hotel. Designed by Imhotep as the burial chamber for the King Djoser (the English would pronounce it Zoser), it is a series of mastabas – or flat tombs – built one on top of the other. It is in a section of Memphis – the capital of Egypt during the Old Kingdom. It is thought that Imhotep designed a three-layer step pyramid, and then encased it in a larger step pyramid with two more layers on top. It is quite likely that I...Read More

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South Saqqara
About 11km south of Saqqara
Cairo, Egypt

Giza Pyramids and The Sphinx

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Attraction | "The Pyramids & Sphinx – Le Morte!"

Giza Pyramids and The Sphinx Photo, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
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We got to view the splendor of the Pyramids three times – you just can’t get enough.Our first view was during the Sound and Light Show ($20) on our first night in Cairo. On certain nights there are shows in certain languages. There was no English show on the first night, but we couldn’t wait, so we decided that we’d see the show in French. We understood bits and pieces of it, but honestly, I was too engrossed in taking photos of the Pyramids all lit up to really pay much attention—even if it had been in English. The show is well worth the money and the drive. The next day, I requested a car from the hotel, and the driver took me about 10 feet up from the entrance to the Sound and Light...Read More

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