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Cairo - in the city

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Our travels through Cairo were among the highlights of our Egypt experience. We had originally planned to change hotel after the first day, but the place we went that was supposed to be "5 minutes taxi, 30 minutes walk" from the hotel was actually over half an hour away by taxi. We were already in town, so we spent the entire day in town and came back at night (and saved half a night's hotel by agreeing with another couple whose room had 2 singles that each couple would get a single bed and we'd pay half the hotel cost).

We started at a souq, which had the most impressive displays of people carrying stuff on their head,
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as well as an unexpected wood factory (a rural factory in a crowded shopping district)
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and the shops and crowds you would expect.
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Unexpectedly, on the street just outside the souq there appeaered to be a sale on sheep.
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We subsequently wandered into a fancier area, kind of a gated community that was really scenic (in an urban way) with some shops.
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The following day we spent a couple hours at a local shisha bar, smoking the good stuff (flavored tobacco) from massive water pipes. The local kids enjoyed the show, as women don't smoke so Sue was probable the first woman they saw smoking.

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Posted by chrisvasil 00:09 Archived in Egypt Tagged tourist_sites

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