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Friday Photo: Shadow of the Cairo Tower

Friday Photo: Shadow of the Cairo Tower January 7, 2011 | Photo Friday | Read More
Today’s photo is a picture of the shadow cast by the Cairo Tower onto the ground below. This 187 meter high granite tower offers spectacular views over Cairo, as long as the weather is clear. If you’re lucky, you can see all the way from the pyramids in the west to the Muqattam hills in the...

Friday Photo: At the Cairo Camel Market

Friday Photo: At the Cairo Camel Market December 31, 2010 | Photo Friday | Read More
This photo was taken at the Birqash Camel Market, just outside of Cairo. Friday is the main market day, when thousands of camels are sold by auction to farmers, butchers, and people involved in the tourist industry. The camel pictured is to be sold for meat rather than riding or work – you can...

Friday Photo: Zahi Hawass Chasing Mummies

Friday Photo: Zahi Hawass Chasing Mummies December 24, 2010 | Photo Friday | Read More
This photo was sent me by a good friend of mine, Dalia Rabie. Although it’s well out of date, it’s just too fabulous not to share. As you can see, it’s the advert for the History Channel documentary series Chasing Mummies, starring – and that is most definitely the right word...

Friday Photo: Arabic Calligraphy in the Street of the Tentmakers

Friday Photo: Arabic Calligraphy in the Street of the Tentmakers December 17, 2010 | Photo Friday | Read More
Today’s Friday Photo is of an artist in the Street of the Tentmakers, just south of Bab Zwayla on al-Muizz li-Din Allah street. This market is where artists make colorful applique wall hangings, cushion covers and so on that would traditionally have been used to decorate Arabic tents. Nowadays,...

Friday Photo: Cairo Kids Doing What They Do Best

Friday Photo: Cairo Kids Doing What They Do Best November 5, 2010 | Photo Friday | Read More
Which means, being… naughty? Too strong. Boisterous? Yup, that about covers it. The kids here crack me up. They are a complete handful, and can act somewhat spoiled, but they are so full of energy it’s hard not to warm to them. This group are on their school minibus, which – luckily...

Friday Photo: Attaba Market Area

Friday Photo: Attaba Market Area October 8, 2010 | Photo Friday, Things to Do | Read More
It’s been a while, but here’s another Friday Photo offering. This is a picture of the Attaba market area taken from above, presumably from the al-Azhar flyover. The photo is CC licensed and was shot by tinou bao. Attaba is an insane area in Cairo, a series of interlinked markets where if...

Photo Friday: The Bent Pyramid

Photo Friday: The Bent Pyramid July 16, 2010 | Photo Friday, Things to Do | Read More
Today’s Friday Photo is of the Bent Pyramid, part of the Dahshur funerary complex that is located around 40 km south of central Cairo. During the Old Kingdom, when Memphis was the ancient Egyptian capital, pretty much the whole of the west bank of the Nile was a necropolis. Dahshur is the southernmost...

Photo Friday: Horse Riding at Abusir Pyramids

Photo Friday: Horse Riding at Abusir Pyramids July 9, 2010 | Photo Friday, Things to Do | Read More
Horse riding in the desert beyond the Pyramids in Giza is wicked fun. Although the area immediately outside the Pyramids enclosure can get pretty crowded, especially towards sunset, you can escape the crowds by heading deeper into the desert. The chaos of Cairo left far behind, nothing but a smoky memory,...

Photo Friday: Getting All Pharaonic at the Pharaonic Village

Photo Friday: Getting All Pharaonic at the Pharaonic Village July 3, 2010 | Photo Friday, Things to Do | Read More
It’s great when you have friends visit that have visited Cairo before. They’ve done all the top tourist sites of Cairo, so you can concentrate on having a good time. When my friend Juliette came to stay, we decided to go ham it up at the Pharaonic Village. I’ve blogged briefly about...

Friday Photo: Sunset in Cairo from the Nile

Friday Photo: Sunset in Cairo from the Nile June 18, 2010 | Photo Friday, Things to Do | Read More
This photo was taken from the Nile down in Maadi during a sunset felucca ride. Although the Nile isn’t so romantic (or anywhere near so clean!) in Cairo as it is in, say, Aswan, getting out onto the water is still a pretty magical way to spend an hour or so. Although there are a number of places...
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