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We started very early this day, as we have quite full itinerary of exploring this city. It was around 7.30am and i can feel how mystic it was when we drove within the city, especially when we passed of what they called "City of Death" it's huge complex of cemetery in the middle of the city and it's so cramped coz people area actually live there, I guess in this case homeless people, they build their own shelter and they called it home. 

First stop was Citadel of Saladin, it's apparently one of Cairo's most popular tourist attractions as it lies some museum and ancient mosque called "Mohammed Ali". There's a tomb of Mohammed Ali himself as he wished to rest in his own masterpiece.

the tomb itself is placed in the corner of the mosque and covered with some barrier and people can only see through some separation they build around his tomb.

Second stop was "Hanging Church", it's called this name as it was built between 2 towers and we knew this from the glass that placed inside the church you can see the ground. On the altar there are some windows attached to the wall, it's not for confession but back then it was used for guards to inform the pilgrims who prayed inside the church if the soldier came as at that time they were executing Christian people there. Legend has it, apparently there's a tunnel underground that leads to the desert where the christians could escape. We could not see the tunnel though, what a pitty.

We visited some synagoge also around the complex(no photo allowed).

Third stop was Egyptian Museum, this could be my favorite itinerary as I could never expected to be so interested exploring the museum as i'm not very keen on this thing. But it turned out to be very interesting session, as all antiques were beautifully displayed as if it's a true discovery, somehow i felt like in Indiana Jones there and as if it says its own story, from mummified animal to ancient jewelry and the famous King Tut's mask. Too bad through out the visit no camera is allowed. If you like to see human mummy you need to pay extra, but skipped this one as we were satisfied enough when we saw animal mummy. We saw how Monkey mummy, he was like sitting and taking his nap when he died, he looked so relaxed and at peace.

There was plenty to see, one day was not enough to cover the whole museum, from Sarkofagus to Enourmous statues of King Tut and his wife, it's about 7 meter high was place on the ground floor. What amazed me the most was the treasure from King Tut's (short from Tutankhamun) tomb. Chariots, gloves, jewellery and of course the famous gold mask, there was something magical about it, I was overwhelmed!

Fourth stop, Lunch, it was a buffet at the restaurant by the Nile River, pleasant day as the breeze coming though it gets bit chilled sometimes. Food was not that good though.

Fifth stop, we off to Papyrus factory, or it also known as holy paper of Egypt where the ancient script was made and written on this paper. it's so strong and solid even you wash and squeeze them, the paper won't crushed, it made from Lotus flower and it's sold quite expensive too.

Pretty run down in some parts of the city
My friend, she bought a beautiful painting of Nefertiti(Egyptian queen that symbolized beauty), quite huge drawing, about 400 USD. For me, i'm not into this thing so I gave it a miss.

Sixth stop, the PYRAMIDS, it was busy this day, horsedrawn carriage, camels, donkeys are passing by in front of the pyramids, nearly hit us at some point lol!  Main pyramid is huge, it was breathtaking view, fascinated by the view and admiring how it was built thousands of years ago and grateful that we still given a chance to witness this masterpiece. We didn't go inside as I'm not quite comfortable in small space, claustrophobic is more likely, plus it's like a labirin and you can't even stand, you need to crawl the whole time. Am happy enough to admire pyramids from outside.

We went to the other part which was a lookout to get best shot of pyramids, it only took about 5 mins drive and it's on higher ground. We took Camel ride also and it was almost sunset so it was perfect timing as we able to see sun was slowly disappearing over the pyramids, what a magical place to be. I share a camel with my friend coz I felt bit nervous riding it on my own, not that i never ridden a camel before, well it's been a while. Our camel, Kallam he was so calm, it was a pleasant afternoon as Kallam happily (or at least he looked quite convincing haha) took us around the desert and it ended on the other pyramids. Took some pictures and bid farewell to Kallam. Thanks for the ride, deary! As Sphinx is on the same complex, it just took us short ride to go here.
We can only see from distance and it was evening already so we didn't get good lighting to take good picture of Sphinx with Pyramids as background, still I was amazed by it. There's always something about Egypt history that drawn my attention. Something mystical and magical about their history which you never get bored. At night time there's "Light Show" in the Pyramids too and during this show there's story about Pyramids history. We didn't see this show as we off for Nile Dinner Cruise. I guess we found this more interesting and of course...filling loll, by that we meant our stomach!

Seventh stop, Egyptian authentic jewelry shop, I got myself a pendant, which was my name written in Hyerogliph (Egypt alphabet), I thought it is interesting and unique for rememberance from Egypt as this symbols holds lots of history.

 As I don't have water element which represent the letter "N" but I insist to have water element as somehow it calms me down, then I told them to make the pendant starting with N, so it's "nsita" and it was made vertically in order. It was lovely pendant!! it costs about 27 USD, made from silver. You can combine to make the silver and gold but the price will be trippled! well, I don't need too fancy anyway, silver is good enough for me :)

Eight stop, Nile Dinner Cruise. we had only couple of hours rest in the hotel then off again for Dinner Cruise, it started quite late, about 10pm we were dropped there by our driver and we were off sailing. During the dinner we were entertained by Live Band performing Arabic songs, Belly dancer and a traditional dancer, which i found the most interesting show of the night! He was literally spinning himself for at least 20 minutes non stop!! it was unbelieveble, I was waiting when he would stop and do another move but he's not stopping, I looked my watch just to check how long he will go, 10 mins, 15 mins, 20mins still going.

City of Death
Amazing!! and while he spinning himself as he's wearing like this huge long skirt so when he spins, the skirt opened like umbrella. What an oustanding show! Clap Clap :)  

Back to the hotel already past midnight, we were all tired, even i was nearly slept on the table during the dinner cruise lol. well I fell asleep in the car on our way to the hotel actually. Next day another long journey, another story!

 

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Pretty run down in some parts of t…
Pretty run down in some parts of …
City of Death
City of Death
Citadel of Saladdin
Citadel of Saladdin
Mohamed Ali Mosque on the back
Mohamed Ali Mosque on the back
Inside complex of Mohamed Ali
Inside complex of Mohamed Ali
Behind this is the tomb of Mohamed…
Behind this is the tomb of Mohame…
Tomb of Mohamed Ali
Tomb of Mohamed Ali
Inside the Hanging Church
Inside the "Hanging Church"
Surrounded by ebony and ivory, lit…
Surrounded by ebony and ivory, li…
Why its called Hanging Church, co…
Why it's called Hanging Church, c…
old market around the hanging chur…
old market around the hanging chu…
The famous Egyptian museum
The famous Egyptian museum
Not the real Sphinx though, but pr…
Not the real Sphinx though, but p…
i touched the tip of the pyramids!!
i touched the tip of the pyramids!!
in front of egyptian museum
in front of egyptian museum
Egyptian museum
Egyptian museum
Kallam, our camel
Kallam, our camel
One of our guide, that little boy …
One of our guide, that little boy…
Kallam, our camel for the day
Kallam, our camel for the day
At essence factory
At essence factory
Nile Dinner Cruise
Nile Dinner Cruise
Off to deck upstairs
Off to deck upstairs
Nile at night
Nile at night
Folklore dance, the spinning guy
Folklore dance, the spinning guy
Keep on spinning
Keep on spinning
still spinning!
still spinning!
180 km (112 miles) traveled
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