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My Traveling Experience in Egypt, Capital Cairo
Egypt, with its diverse and beautiful landscapes, has always been a favorite travel destination among my friends and I. This past December, we were able to visit the capital city of Cairo and explore all that it had to offer us. It was my first time in this ancient city, so naturally I had to do as much sightseeing as possible during my stay! While there are plenty of tours available that you can take throughout the city, here are some of my favorite things to do in Cairo as an independent traveler looking to explore on your own.
Must See Sights
If you're looking to explore some of the most iconic ancient Egyptian landmarks, a trip to Cairo is a must. The Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx are just a short drive from the city center. The Egyptian Museum is also worth a visit, as it houses the world's largest collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts. If you're interested in architecture, be sure to check out the Islamic Cairo district where you'll find centuries-old mosques and madrasas. And no trip to Cairo would be complete without sampling some of the local cuisine like koshary or ful medames.
How We Got There
We flew into Cairo International Airport and were immediately greeted by the hot, dry air. The first thing that struck us was the city's vastness; it seemed to go on forever. We took a taxi to our hotel, which was located in the heart of the city. After checking in, we set out to explore.
We took a cab back to our hotel and decided to explore some of our surroundings. We weren't sure what time it was because we had left all of our clocks at home. The driver thought it was around noon, but we were exhausted from traveling so we told him we'd just go to bed instead. Just then a huge explosion rocked us out of our stupor. It took us a few minutes to realize that fireworks were going off in celebration for Eid Al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), which commemorates Abraham being willing to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of submission to God.
We stayed in a lovely AirBnB in the heart of downtown Cairo. Our hosts were very welcoming and helpful, providing us with maps and advice on where to go and what to see. The apartment was clean and comfortable, with a great view of the city. We had everything we needed for a comfortable stay.
The city was buzzing with life and action. We felt safe wandering around in our neighborhood and even had a few encounters with friendly locals who invited us for tea or coffee. There was always something to do or see nearby; we enjoyed strolling along Talaat Harb Street, browsing through shops selling everything from books to pastries and jewelry. We also found plenty of great places to eat – some touristy spots and some not so much – offering a nice mix of local culture
Our Daily Routine
We started our days early, around 6:00 a.m. so that we could make the most of our time in the city. We would walk for miles, taking in all the sights and sounds of Cairo. The pyramids were some of the most amazing things we saw; it was hard to believe that they were built so long ago. In the evenings, we would enjoy delicious Egyptian food and then head back to our hotel to rest up for the next day.
If you visit Egypt, it is important to take care of your health and belongings. This means carrying water with you everywhere (or getting a reusable bottle) and staying away from bottled water at restaurants. Wash your hands regularly to prevent illness. Also, be wary of your belongings because pickpockets are rampant in tourist areas. By making these precautions, we were able to enjoy our trip and return home unscathed!
5 Best Experiences
1. Riding a camel through the Sahara Desert
2. Climbing to the top of the Great Pyramid of Giza
3. Sailing down the Nile River on a felucca
4. Visiting the Valley of the Kings in Luxor
5. Taking a hot air balloon ride over Cairo
I was enthralled by the history and beauty of Cairo. Every street had a story to tell, and I felt like I was walking through a living museum. The people were friendly and welcoming, and I felt safe throughout my stay. I would highly recommend visiting Cairo to anyone who is interested in learning more about Egyptian culture and history.
My Travelling Experience in Egypt, Capital Cairo
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