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Mother of the World--that kind of says it all. Cairo is smoggy, traffic-jammed and loud, and you can't walk a step downtown without some dude trying to sell you papyrus. But once you push through all that, it's one of the world's best cities to just wallow in and go with the flow. Everyone's interested in you and interesting, and you can walk from "modern" downtown to fabulous medieval zones in just 45 minutes. Don't try to do too much, and you'll be much happier. So long as Cairo doesn't kill you, it will make you stronger...Recommended for:
- CairoMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFoodiesAdventure Travelers
Despite its chaos, I love Cairo. What an amazing city! The juxtaposition of ancient monuments and modern culture is mind-blowing and exhilarating. Provided you are prepared for the noise, the traffic, and tourist touts, Cairo can be a magical place to visit. I especially loved the Khan El Khalili market followed by window-shopping the modern malls. The Egyptian Antiquities museum wasn't as well laid-out as I would have liked, but still worth seeing.Recommended for:
- CairoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5
The largest city on the African continent, and Egypt's capital, you will most likely find yourself in Cairo at some point during your travels in Egypt. Cairo is a bustling city, and it's Islamic quarter is fascinating. Also home to the Egyptian Museum and the pyramids at Giza.Recommended for:
- CairoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4
Dirty and hectic but absolutely full of charm. Cairo is a melting pot for Egypt and for the Middle East. Conservative and liberal. Islamic and Christian. Ancient and modern. The food here is exceptional and there is incredible atmosphere everywhere you turn.
The touts and pollution might convince some to knock Cairo back a few stars but they are all part of the experience and you will definitely have an experience here -- just keep your seatbelt buckled.Recommended for:
- CairoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFoodies
Cairo has the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx and some other interesting things to see, but it's not very safe even if you know what you are doing. Travel in groups and be careful.
Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Arab world and Africa. Its metropolitan area is the 16th largest in the world. Located near the Nile Delta, it was founded in 969 AD. Nicknamed "the city of a thousand minarets" for its preponderance of Islamic architecture, Cairo has long been a centre of the region's political and cultural life. Cairo was founded by the Fatimid dynasty in the 10th century AD, but the land composing the present-day city was the site of national capitals whose remnants remain visible in parts of Old Cairo. Cairo is also associated with Ancient Egypt as it is close to the ancient cities of Memphis, Giza and Fustat which are near the Great Sphinx and the pyramids of Giza.excursion to Cairo Egypt is wonderful excursion,i visit Cairo with alltoursegypt.com
Primeiro Cairo-Gizé, em segundo Mazca - Linhas, são meus locai prediletos para decifrar o indecifrável, adoro olhar um criptograma, ou mesmo um pictograma da antiga china e saber que consigo decifrar. Apesar que os hieroglifos não foram e não é como é ensinado nas escolas a primeira língua "escrita" mas, tem seus encantos, e quanto mais complicado melhor. Só por intuito de utilidade publica a primeira língua tanto falada quanto escrita foram dos sumérios na suméria, chamado de Cuneiforme. (que vem de formato de cunha, que era como se escrevia na argila).
Cairo has become my second native city. Huge, changeable, mixed, noisy - it is surely one of the must-visit places on the Earth!
Special characteristics of the city are: crowds, music with much drums on the streets, crazy taxi drivers, colorful bazaars, much cheap and tasty fruits, original fast-foods, great historical places, pyramids, etc...
- CairoMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesLuxury TravelersHistory Buffs
Egypt's capital, the largest city in the Arab world and the 11th largest urban area globally, has long been a favourite destination of mine for its sheer scale and a good bit of chaos. It's hot, in places quite filthy, but unmistakably Egyptian in character. People tend to either love or hate it depending on their propensity to react to the unexpected. For me its rich cultural legacy from the Great Pyramids at Giza, the treasure of the Egyptian Museum and the fascinating historic areas such as the Coptic and Islamic boroughs are a feast for the senses alone. But then add Cairo's more contemporary role for influencing film and media across the Middle East and you know you've arrived somewhere truly magical.
[ The Mystery of Egyptian Spices ]
At least that's what I always say! It’s a delight to try different tastes within oriental dishes and meals you get while traveling abroad. But what makes the Egyptian cuisine tastes or smells really good is adding some extra secrets while cooking. Unlike Indian or chinese cuisines, Egyptian food won't be very hot or spicy, but it is quite essential to Egyptian cuisine to add spices while cooking. While it is known that Egyptians live to eat rather than eat to live, the Egyptian cuisine is one of the rarest and most delicious around the world. Spices are enriched with a slight chili taste and vibrant smells that revives in anyone a monstrous appetite.
- Secrets Revealed about the Egyptian Cuisine -
The magical influence of Egyptian cuisine to getting into a state of fullness and joy, is due to the Egyptians’ artisitc ability of cooking, keeping the old mixtures of spices and herbs that goes back to Pharaonic traditions in baking and cooking practices in ancient Egypt. Those oriental recipes have held their components to this today with some additions and medical discoveries they’ve just kept Egyptian's eating habits more delightful.
to know more about the Egyptian Spices read on www.EgyptOlution.com
One of the most enigmatic and invigorating places I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing.
Cairo moves and operates to anarchical beat. Traffic is maddening, public transport is not an option, and you will stick out like a soar thumb. Still, Cairo manages to court and win the affection of most of its visitors.
The food: exotic and soothing.
The people: warm, interested, and generous.
The atmosphere: dirty, chaotic, and impressive.
The shopping: some of the best in the world (don't miss the Khan el-Khalili).
The Sights: an ancient and modern marvel.
Not to say that their aren't a fair share of difficulties that each foreigner will have to face:
- the water is not drinkable,
- you won't get a good bargain if you don't speak arabic (still, the merchandise is absurdly cheap).
- not everyone outside hotels and heavily frequented tourist locales speak English (though many speak French, Italian ,and German)
- crossing the street is a life-threatening experience.
*My advice on crossing the street - never take the lead. Let a seasoned local initiate the precarious process of crossing the streets of Cairo.
When going to Cairo, keep an open mind and allow the intoxicating city to win you over.
I lived in Cairo for a year, and here's my take:
1. Cairo is gigantic. 20 million+ people and about 3 crosswalks in the entire city.
2. Cairo is busy and noisy and polluted.
3. Many people in Cairo are poor. You will see poverty, most likely next to astonishing wealth. Inequality is real, you're a part of it, learn to live with it.
4. Cairo is not a "relaxing" place, at least that's not what I found in my experience. I was on my toes the whole time trying to make sure I wasn't being ripped off or an easy target for the sexual harrassers/ foreigner harrassers.
5. Cairo is the largest city in Egypt and the Middle East, which makes it important. All of Egypt's government is in Cairo, as well as an impressive cultural scene, including restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and the like. There are good things in Cairo.
6. In order to enjoy Cairo, it's important to go to places that feel like you're not in Cairo, places with calm and quiet, away from the noise of the streets. It can be done.
7. Stella Beer isn't that bad, and for $3 (at the most) and $1 (at the least) for a big boy, you can't really go wrong. Avoid any of the 10% alcohol beers unless you're really looking to get trashed and not remember anything from the night, including how you got trashed. Ask an expat about Drinkies, the alcohol delivery service. It is your friend.
8. Put on your hard hat and good luck!
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