Here, you can see everything, yet know nothing – and such is the nature of ruins, of visiting a culture so vast, rich, and folded within the layers of world civilizations that all you can begin to grasp is the tip of the pyramid. Stroll through the beautiful squares of Alexandria, stop by the rich troves of treasures housed in Cairo’s many museums, but let these cities serve as a base, and not the brunt of your travels through Egypt. Head west to the Giza plateau and look up at the last of the Seven Wonders of the World. With the pyramids, the questions will come, but the mystery will remain – knowing that 4000 years have uncovered such little comprehension is a wonder in itself. Then, sail down the Nile and look down into the underworld, the land of the dead – the Theban necropolis. Go deep and dive the wrecks of the Red Sea; the depths of Egyptian waters house some of the most spectacular and varied shipwrecks of the world, such as Thistlegorm. Above, below, and beyond, Egypt can and will engulf you in its centuries of artifacts and lore. At once static and constantly evolving, excavated yet hidden, Egypt will leave you as baffled at the end of your journey as you were at the start.
updates from our travel team
Links for reliable news sources on Egyptian uprising
Guardian live news blog
Daily News Egypt
Al Masry Al Youm
Al Jazeera live feed
Follow the #Jan25 hash tag on twitter. As well as the publications mentioned above, there are loads of good tweeters. Here’s 10 to start you off:
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Governments advise against travel to Egypt
Given the uprising in Egypt, it’s not surprising that governments are issuing warnings to their citizens to avoid non-essential travel to the country.
Here is the current advice from the US State Department, from the UK Foreign Office, and from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Many governments are also arranging flights to evacuate their citizens from the country.
At present, the situation is volatile and subject to sudden... Read More
Events in Cairo Week Beginning 23rd January 2011
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Here’s my pick of the best craic going down in Cairo this week. For fuller listings, check out iCroc.com (also available on your mobile), the Cairo Live Events Guide, and Cairo360.com.
Cairo-based band Bikya playing a mixture of acoustic sounds and electronica at the Cairo Jazz Club.
10:30pm – free.
West German Radio Choir performing with the Horus Piano Duo, the Coptic Bassem Darwish Ensemble, and the Sufi Madih Ensemble, at the Cairo... Read More