Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Arab world. Its metropolitan area is the largest in Africa, the Arab world, and the Middle East. The city is home to a population of over 20 million people, and those 20 million create enough noise and traffic to make Cairo a force to be reckoned with. I love these views of Cairo from the Citadel of Saladin.
Cairo is a city of many things. Overall, it is vast,
but it is also made of more small and intimate neighborhoods than can be counted.
It is a city of multiple religions. Note the serene beauty of the Muhammad Ali Mosque,
the splendid charm of the Coptic Church where the Holy Family is said to have taken refuge when fleeing from Herod,
as well as the strong statement of faith made by the placque outside the Ben Ezra Synagogue.
Cairo can be expensive like these fabulous, to die for white tennies that sold for 9000 Egyptian Pounds…that is $600 USD.
Cairo is tourism.
Cairo is multicultural…You can find great Chinese food in Cairo.
Cairo is colorful! Check out the enormous downtown market.
Cairo can be quiet, but you must rise early to discover a quiet city with little or no traffic.
Usually, Cairo is noisy and busy with foot and vehicular traffic.
Cairo won’t let you forget that it is old. Just spend an afternoon at the Cairo Museum.
Paying a visit to this ancient, but still good-looking, Tut will help you discover just how old Cairo and Egypt actually are.
Cairo is youthful and forward thinking. With that in mind, King Tut will soon move to Cairo’s state of the art, new museum due to open before the end of 2020. These pics are of the new museum’s construction site. The marvelous new museum will be called the Grand Egyptian Museum or GEM for short….quite a name, eh!!! To prepare for the opening of the GEM, the mummified remains of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs will be marched from their current home at the Cairo Museum to this new home. It will be a procession of solemn respect that pays honor to the past and applauds the future.
Cairo is not perfect. In fact, there is much work to be done in Cairo. Corruption and hard times have made moving forward difficult, but not impossible. No matter what, Cairo can mysteriously intoxicate a visitor. Who can resist a city with ancient pyramids in the distance?
Cairo….You gotta love it!!!! The Unseasoned Traveler.