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Bāb al Lūq

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  • Day8

    Cairo

    December 31, 2016 in Egypt ⋅ ☀️ 59 °F

    At last we're back in Cairo after exploring the East and West Banks of the Nile River where we also rang in 2017! We saw a lot of amazing history dating back to one of the first civilizations on this planet and witnessed the magnificent temples, pyramids and tombs first hand. Unfortunately modern day Egypt didn't keep up with the progress made by the ancient people. Cairo now the capital of the country is actually pretty dirty and congested. There are many abandoned buildings, half built apartments that would have their ancient relatives rolling in their tombs, piles of trash on every street, and 9.1 million people struggling to make a decent living off of the hurting tourism industry.

    Looking past all that, while in Cairo we visited the Egyptian Museum which houses thousands and thousands of artifacts that gave us an even deeper looking into this civilization. We got to explore the mummy exhibit where we stood in front of many of Egypt's past Kings and Queens. Many still had their hair, teeth, and nails! It was a cool experience that left you feeling a bit chilly! In the museum we also visited the King Tut exhibit that holds many of the gold treasures found in his tomb. The most impressive was the solid gold face mask that covered the King which is the most iconic image of ancient Egypt. It is said that if tomb raiders hadn't robbed the tombs of many kings over the years, then Egypt would have been the wealthiest nation in the world today!

    Lastly, attached are a few pictures of various temples we visited along the way that we haven't posted about yet, at Edfu and Philae Temple. Overall, Egypt was a great experience and we're glad we could visit before there is even more uncertainty in this region of the world! We'd recommend it if you have an open mind about safety concerns and take a well known organized tour!
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  • Day35

    Egyptian Museum

    June 13, 2015 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    First thing is first, the Egyptian Museum! We weren't allowed to take pictures inside but I took a few from outside. The museum was built in 1920. In the museum there is 120 thousand pieces displayed and a total of 2 million. Egypt have two flowers the lotus, which represents lower Egypt (northern), and the papyrus flower for upper Egypt (southern). There is only one replica in the whole museum.
    Inside the museum we got to see mummies, it was crazy to think how old they were and hiw the Egyptians preserved the bodies.
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  • Day2

    Ägyptisches Museum

    February 25, 2018 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Heute haben wir einen freien Tag in Kairo, bevor es morgen weiter geht in Richtung Assuan. Und was macht man an seinem freien Tag? Richtig, man nimmt sich ein Taxi zum Ägyptischen Museum 😎

    Da gestern Abend schon klar war, dass die derzeitige gesundheitliche Verfassung den ursprünglichen Plan "Museum bis zum Exzess" nicht zulässt, tun wir uns heute morgen die Ruhe an, schlafen gemütlich aus, gehen in aller Ruhe frühstücken, und erreichen am späten Vormittag das Museum. Hat den Vorteil, dass der erste Schwung Reisegruppen schon durch ist.Read more

  • Day2

    Tutanchamun

    February 25, 2018 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Das ägyptische Museum in Kairo gehört sicherlich zu den großartigsten Schätzen dieser Erde, ist aber sicherlich auch eins der chaotischsten Sammlungen, die wir je gesehen haben. Natürlich haben wir uns im Vorfeld damit beschäftigt und uns genau überlegt, was wir mit begrenzten Möglichkeiten doch noch gut machen können.
    Also gehen wir direkt in die erste Etage und besuchen zuallererst die Pharaonenmumien, von Ramses II., Hatschepsut, Sethos I. und Co. Da es sich hierbei um ein Grab handelt, ist Fotografierverbot (für den Rest des Museums haben wir uns natürlich die Fotoerlaubnis gekauft). Und die Mumiensammlung hier erscheint uns zumindest um einiges würdevoller als seinerzeit die Mumie von Tutanchamun in seinem Grab im Tal der Könige.

    Nach den Mumien widmen wir uns den unglaublichen Grabschätzen des Tutanchamuns. Und stehen staunend vor den Dingen, die man schon unzählige Male auf Fotos gesehen hat, diesmal im Original.
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  • Day14

    Back to Cairo

    January 22 in Egypt ⋅ 🌫 10 °C

    Back to the hustle and bustle of Cairo today. We had a lovely, if long 6 hr, drive along the Red Sea back to Cairo. We were lucky to have this beautiful view for much of the day before having to turn inland. Back from the barren Eastern Desert and then the chaotic streets of Cairo. Gridlock, honking, the complete opposite of our beach side bliss.

    We only had one included activity today, visiting the Khan El Kalili bazaar. 500 years and counting, this is Egypt's (?) oldest bazaar and today mostly caters to tourists. You can find all sorts of souvenirs here, but be prepared to bargain as much of it is, according to our guide "low quality or no quality". There is still some hassling, but people are friendlier and we have our Aswan and Luxor experiences to draw from. I surprisingly didn't buy anything, I've bought very little on this trip as a matter of fact, though I seem to have realized I wanted to get something once we left that city. Oops. I've clearly forgotten the see it, like it, buy it rule when travelling as it's unlikely or difficult to retrace your steps. Whatever you're looking for, chances are it's here. Glass bottles, sand art, t-shirts, statues, keychains, bookmarks, oh and jewelry of course.

    On our drive later to the hotel, we would catch glimpses of the biggest local market where the locals shop for things from clothes, shoes, and hangbags to second hand items. It was quite the spread and crowd, a scene we watched from a bridge above.

    Dinner a low key affair, we checked out a nearby shawarma place near the hotel that was recommended, got take out and dessert to take back to our room for some Netflix.
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  • Day2

    Die Totenmaske

    February 25, 2018 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Und dann stehen wir vor der berühmten Totenmaske dieses eigentlich so unbedeutenden Pharaos und haben vor Rührung Tränen in den Augen. Was für ein Moment...

  • Day18

    Egypt in Review

    January 26 in Egypt ⋅ 🌫 17 °C

    What a past 2ish weeks in Egypt. It jumped out of my bucket list just a short 2 months ago. I'd always wanted to visit but the 2011 revolution put those plans on hold. I'm very glad I've been visited and seen these monuments that survived through time. Photos really don't do it justice, you just have to be here.

    This was the first time I've travelled with Intrepid. Granted, it's different than G, but the trip was fine. I'm curious to try the next level up (Original) to see how it compares. One of the reasons for going with Intrepid was the itinerary. This is the one of very tours that really takes you everywhere but the desert. I hadn't heard of Hurghada before, and it was a pleasant day by the sea. Alexandria was really the one I was hoping to have included rather than tacking a very expensive option.

    I didn't shop a lot, not that I usually do, but that's ok. I navigated the crazy traffic and shooed of hasslers. I got to taste some yummy Egyptian food and the best falafels ever. Yes, ever!!! I've eaten too many to count. We've taken the overnight train, overnighted on a felucca. We didn't need a river cruise boat. I've enjoyed all the temples and pyramids, Karnak, Abu Simbel and Luxor were the best. And of course, getting to see the pyramids and the Sphinx!

    In Cairo, I did wander on my own despite friends telling me not to. A few worrying moments, not security but if I were getting ripped off, but everything turned out fine. Mohammed Ali mosque was stunning and Al Azhar Park was simply the best. If you have qualms about this country, it's pretty safe I think. But do go in an organized group, especially if you're female. And if you're lucky like us, you might even make a few Arabic speaking friends who help with communicating with the locals.
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