Maadi Divers is actually located in Cairo but they do live-aboard dive safaris from Sharm Al Sheikh. Four days with three dives a day, all the food and drink I could handle plus a hookha come sundown was the best value for my money at Sharm where most of the natural wonders are below the warm, crystal...more
If you're a Nageeb Mafouz fan or a would-be Orientalist looking for traces of what was, Islamic Cairo is about as evocative as it gets. The cacophonous calls to prayer, the multitude of minarets and the occassional donkey cart going by all add texture upon the scent of yesteryear that permeates...more
About as enigmatic as it gets, the Sphinx, no matter how many times you've seen it is movies, will fill you with a sense of wonder and awe. Unfortunately, climbing up on top of it's head for a photo op is strictly forbidden.
A dusty, disorganized beautiful mess, the Egyptian Museum is very similar to Cairo itself. Unless you're an Egyptologist, I suggest you hire one of the many tour guides lurking about the entrance to make sense of this symphony of disorder. Oh, and if you seen anyone not in military or police...more
Turns out the revolution WAS televised and it all went down here, right in the heart of downtown Cairo at Tahrir (Liberation) Square. When I was there before the revolution, however, this was one of my favorite place to go skateboarding in Cairo because I could grind the pink granite benches and sail...more
If you don't go to the Pyramids of Giza when you're in Cairo, I'll never forgive you (and neither will your friends). All that worry you have about being desensitized to them through overexposure vanishes the moment you stand in their shadow and you see for yourself just how grand...more
My ex-fiance worked at an elementary school in Ma'adi (an uncharacteristically green suburb in Cairo) called Saqqara so we had to go to the Step Pyramid of Saqqara for that reason alone but once we were there, I felt like I had stepped onto the set of 'Star Gate.' The crowds in Giza are...more
The roof top swimming pool with views of the Nile, the Pyramids of Giza and on a clear day, the Step Pyramid of Sakkara make the Maadi Hotel quite the 'looker'. At just 15 minutes from Tahrir Square (downtown Cairo) and a half an hour from the airport, the hotel is well situated anyway you...more