‘’The city of a thousand minarets’, yes and really it is! One of the places I have always dreamt about. The city of ancient history, The Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx etc which I had read in books when I was a little kid and here I was, standing spell bound in front of them wondering whether it was real. 🙂
We reached Cairo via a 1 hour turboprop flight from Sharm-el-Sheikh. I never enjoy flying in them. They are small and wobble a lot in the clouds, but I guess there were a lot more nervous passengers than me on the plane as there was a loud cheer and applause as the flight made a smooth landing at Cairo, It was really funny:P. Inside the arrivals lounge we met with our guide for the day, Lilly, a very sweet looking Egyptian girl.
The city does resemble Indian cities in some aspects just a bit dustier. There is only one traffic rule- fill the gaps! With vehicles of all sizes jostling for space on congested roads, the only thing that matters is moving ahead, not too different from some Indian cities, but definitely a shock if you are coming from UK.
First stop was the famous EGYPTIAN MUSEUM. It is right in front of Tahrir (revolution) square famous for the recent uprising. Tanks and armoured vehicles were still positioned in front of the Museum. Photography inside the museum is no longer allowed so I can’t share what I saw inside, most notable of which was the gold retrieved from the tomb of TUTANKHAMUN. Gosh! I have never seen so much gold in one place. All the old remains of mummies and other artefacts come with stories and Egyptian belief of life and death and afterlife.
From there we went on a Nile river cruise (they say cruise but it is actually a big boat.) That was quite an experience because sitting in the boat you can actually see quite a bit of the city. We stopped for lunch at a restaurant which was floating on the river Nile. We had some lovely authentic Egyptian food- the rice, salad, grilled chicken, fresh fruits etc.
After lunch we went to a PAPYRUS institute where she showed us how the papyrus parchments are produced from the papyrus plant. The resulting paper-like material is extremely durable and has clearly stood the test of time as we saw documents dating back thousands of years in the Egyptian Museum. In modern days the papyrus is also used as a canvas for paintings. You can see me standing in front of a painting of Tutankhamun. I liked it so much that we ended up buying the picture.
Ah! Now comes the most awaited part. We went out of the city to visit THE PYRAMIDS & THE SPHINX which started to grow larger as we drew nearer. It had a mesmerising effect on me. Nothing much to say, just enjoy the pictures.
Things to carry when you visit the pyramids:
-A bottle of water.
-A Hat or Cap.
I hope you all enjoyed the post. Have a lovely weekend everyone and thanks for dropping in 🙂
Stay healthy, Stay fashionable.
HAT- BOUGHT IT IN BARCELONA, SPAIN
BAG- BOUGHT IT IN VENICE,ITALY
SHOES- SMALL SHOP IN LONDON