Salamo Aleko – All the way from Cairo!

As promised in my Luxor and Aswan post, here I am documenting two and a half days spent in Cairo!โœŒ๐Ÿผ

Prepare yourself for a full day schedule, as this is the right place for you to happily forget about your boring good night sleeps! ๐Ÿ˜ด

It’s time to dive into one of the most exciting cultural experiences!ย ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ

After enjoying a warm cup of coffee in Cairo Festival City, we started our tour, on a somehow chilled February evening, in one of the busiest yet most fascinating areas of the gorgeous Egyptian capital.ย Al Hussayn, more precisely, Khan El Khalili! โœจ

We walked down Khan Al Khalili’s alleyways, and definitely shopped for some souvenirs!ย ๐ŸŽ

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Enjoyed a warm cup of tea at Al Fishawi Caffe! โ˜•๏ธ

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While listening to some folk music, played by random local artists, that happened to pick a seat next to us! So lucky ya?ย ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ

Unlike otherย cities I’ve been to, I was not worried at all to stay out late at night in Al Hussayn area, as it was so crowded! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

Our next stop was Al Moez Street; the greatest concentration of medieval architectural treasures in the Islamic world! Notย be missed under any circumstances!ย ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

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This was not the sole historical, and cultural fact that I’ve learned that day. At 4:00 am in the morning, I was introduced to an old Egyptianย passion, late night outings! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

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We can’t pass byย Cairo, and not visitย the Great Pyramids of Gizaย now can we?

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Many facts, stories, and myths were shared about this majesticย place. But one important fact that is unknown to many, is that these great Pyramids were not built by slaves. In fact, recent discoveries by archeologistsย show that they were built by privilegedย workers, with many benefits ๐Ÿ˜Œ

So dear employers,

Happy employees = obviously an amazing job that will last for centuries without any marketing strategies!ย 

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Not to mention the 5* tourism services! Many souvenir merchants, coachmen, guides and even camel owners spoke too many different languages fluently!

So dear guides worldwide:

Please hustle like Egyptians! Especially this guy and his camel “Bebsi”! ๐Ÿช

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If you’re a fan of ancient Egyptian antiquities, like myself, then you must add theย Egyptian Museumย to your list! Two floors filled with artifacts, statues, and mummies! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

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What comes next is definitely,ย The Citadel of Cairo,ย or Citadel of Salah Eddine!

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Where you can also visit the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, Mosque of Ali Pasha or even Alabaster Mosque. Many names to one beautiful Mamluki Mosque.

If you have ever visited Istanbul, you’ll directly notice the similarity in the exterior and interior design. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

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My favorite outing spots were Zamalek and Maadi. Many cafes and restaurants overlooking the majestic Nile. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

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I will hopefully be visiting Cairo again beginningย of 2018. And will be trying out more traditional food so I can share a detailed blog post about the Egyptian cuisine as well as my favorite food spots.

And finally, here’s a quick video showing my humble editing skills, and including my favorite highlights from this amazingly fun Egyptian trip! ๐Ÿ˜Œ

Sincerely,

Douni โ€“ the traveler

 

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