Pancakes in Khan el-Khalili
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March 24th, 2008 – by: Jeroenadmiraal
It must have been the sudden heat and the crowdedness of Cairo, for halfway the morning I simply broke down. I felt a terrible weakness emptying my body of all energy. I couldn't walk or talk and could hardly shallow food. My travelbuddy pulled me inside a lunchroom for sugarcoated pancakes and orange juice to strengthen me. I must have struggled a whole hour with a small slice of pancake. The rest of the morning we took it easy, visiting a few mosques to lay back on the ground, and I slowly recovered.
It happened in the old city of Cairo. The medina (Khan el-Khalili), also used as a bazar.
A great medina, by the way, to be sure! It is one big medieval block of heritage with numerous shops and mosques. At the southern end (NOT northern :-) ) two huge watchtowers err... tower over Cairo, with the gate (Bab Zuweila) to Khan el-Khalili in between. You can ascent the towers of Bab Zuweila and get a great view over Cairo! And there's a nice mosque to find right after entering the medina.
That afternoon, we went to the Cairo Citadel, or Saladin Citadel, after its builder. It is a big, crusader like fortress, but really not that interesting. By now I was getting a bit more talkative, regaining my strength since that morning. More interesting was the oldest mosque of Cairo: the Mosque of Ibn Tulun. A very basic building, but very large too. Ibn Tulun is basically nothing more than a very large courtyard, with a rather well-known minaret.
We would spend the night in the train! We had booked the train to Luxor, our next destination! It was a real adventure, and I had a hard time trying to get to sleep.
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