Cairo Travel Blog› entry 2 of 3 › view all entries
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!