Cairo Journals

Egypt

A June 2001 trip to Cairo by sasho

El Gezira Hotel Photo, Cairo, Egypt More Photos
Quote: I went in Egypt with a very good friend of mine - Tanya.We both studied Egyptology in New Bulgarian University in Sofia. Although very dissapointed with present Egypt our fascination with Ancient Egypt has never been bigger after we've been there.

Egypt

Overview

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Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Giza Pyramids, Saqqara, Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel.

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Mayfair

Hotel | "Mayfair Hotel"

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It`s a nice, clean hotel with big rooms, private bathroom, A/C and balconies. Sixty pounds for a double room. The staff is friendly but I think they were expecting us to take their tour recommendations which we didn`t do ... It`s within walking distance (15min) from the Egyptian Museum. Zamalek is the island and the residential area for most of the embassies, a lot of trees and cooler than other parts of Cairo.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 26, 2002

Mayfair
9 Sharia Aziz Osman
Cairo, Egypt
20 2 7357315

Memnon Hotel

Hotel

Memnon Hotel Photo, Cairo, Egypt
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Forty pounds for double room. Clean rooms with bathroom, view of the Nile and Elephantine Island. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They can organize tours to Abu Simbel and Filae.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 26, 2002

Memnon Hotel

Cairo, Egypt

El Gezira Hotel

Hotel | "Al Gezira Hotel"

El Gezira Hotel Photo, Cairo, Egypt
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In Luxor we stayed on the West Bank as we were going to spend more time exploring the sites on this side of the river. AlGezira Hotel was the best hotel we`ve stayed in. When you go to the ferry ask for Ahmed Number One and he`ll take you there. It took us some time till we believed him and it turned out to be the best. It`s newly renovated, very clean, the terrace on the roof is beautifuly arranged and during dinner, the lights are surreal... Double room with A/C, fan, bathroom and balcony with nice view is 60 pounds. The food in the restaurant is good but little bit expensive so we just had Stella which is 8 pounds.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2002

El Gezira Hotel
West Bank
Cairo, Egypt
+2 0952 310 034

Egyptian Museum

Attraction

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Around it is packed with police and after you enter there are endless checks so take out your film before you go for x-ray. Admission is 20 pounds (10 for students) and you have to pay 10(5) pounds for the camera. Inside the museum, most of the artifacts are behind glass, so taking pictures is not a good idea. If you`re using one though, please don`t use the flash as you`re damaging the artifacts. You can buy the Museum catalogue for good info. It costs 90 pounds which was too much for us.... The Museum is opened in 1902 and since then it attracts a number of visitors every day. The collection is huge and the visual information you have to apprehend was too much even for us studied all that bef...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2002

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

Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu)

Attraction | "The Pyramids of Giza"

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Of course they are worth seeing, but I think the hassle around them is too much. You don`t have time to look at them, being surrounded by 5-6 people who want to sell you something - camel rides, donkey rides, water, postcards... Taking in account how many people visit the site everyday, there`s nothing done to keep the place clean and to pay respect to the meaning of the necropol. Everywhere you go you can see garbage left by the tourists, plastic bags, bottles...Then we come to the question of the tourists doing all that which shows their culture. We visited some of the tombs around the Pyramids and we saw people`s excrements infront of the statues and false doors. It seems that everybody uses ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2002

Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu)
Giza Pyramids Plateau
Cairo, Egypt
+20 2 383 8823

Before you go....

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Me and Tanya in Giza Photo, Cairo, Egypt
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BEFORE visiting Egypt you have to do some reading about ancient history, culture and religion, otherwise you have to count on the tour guides which most of the time do not have a clue what they are talking about. For example, they are pointing at Madame Hatshepsut and Madame Ramses... THEN you have to do some planning because Egypt is not an easy country to travel in.And remember that even if you have plans, they can change... For me the most important things to see are the monuments left by the ancient Egyptians. You, of course, might be interested in Islamic culture, SCUBA diving, or just chillin` and doing some desert safaris...in that case, please visit some other sites :-)

Dangers

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Please be careful - especially the ladies - when talking to strangers and, under no circumstances, accept drinks or invitations to private parties. The Egyptian men like to talk about the western women in very indecent ways and it can be frustrating. So, avoid wearing revealing clothes, especially at places where there are a lot of locals - ex. train stations, small villages... My friend found it very convenient to wear baggy short sleeved T-shirts and long linen trousers. When you are in public transport avoid standing next to men and if you`re traveling alone, go to the ladies section at least it`s not so crowded...

Transportation

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Once you are out of the airport you have three choices. To take taxi. To use the hotel shuttle. Or to take the bus No.356 (2 pounds) which gets you to Midan Tahrir - the cheapest way to get to downtown Cairo where all the budget hotels are on walking distance. The buses run on every 15 minutes and have A/C. In Cairo we walked to the bus station from the hotel or we used the Metro which is very convenient and cheap - 0.50 pt. The important stations to remember are Sadat (Egyptian Museum) and Mubarak (Ramses Train Station). Easy way to get to Giza is taking the bus 355 for 2 pounds. If you`re going to Luxor or Aswan by train you have to buy tickets at least a day in advance. Tickets to Aswan cost 49 pou...Read More