I ventured to Egypt and Jordan in February 2009. From my first glimpse of the pyramids from the airplane to Petra and Jerash, it was a great journey.
Trinkets galore at the famous Khan el Khalili market
and something for every taste, no matter how bad that taste is
Limitless shawls--probably from India
Caroline and Lauren negotiating. They had bought this exact shawl in Paris for 30 Euros. Bought it here for US $8. Practically paid for the trip!
The Khan el Khalili market is fascinating.
and full of everything you can imagine
and things you could never imagine
Interesting vistas through the market archways
The famed Fishawy Cafe is where the Nobel prize winning Egyptian author Mafouz used to hang out.
Lauren and Caroline at the Fishawy Cafe
The Fishawy Cafe reflected in the mirrow
We had tea in the Khan el Khalili square
The Khan el Khalili/Al Hussein square
And THIS is the market for the locals. Tourists are not welcomed. Oh, dear and I so wanted to go! (not)
This famous "pancake" house serves an item very unlike our pancakes. Sort of like a meat pie (and other fillings) in phyllo dough. Very tasty.
The city of 1000 minarets.
The girls try the Muslim look
Caroline at the Hassan Mosque. Great eyes, eh?
Conversation of a street corner
Louise and I in front of the Egyptian Museum where all the King Tut loot is found. Security VERY strict. Police everywhere.
Buying perfume outside the market
Going home after a birthday party. I thought this was so cute.
Sequoia nightclub on Zalamek Island.
Navigating the median on the impossible-to-cross Cairo streets
The Nile from our hotel room
I lied. I said there were no traffic lights in Cairo. I stand corrected. There is ONE traffic light in Cairo. Oops, it's NOT WORKING!
Mosque of Sultan Hassan. This is a massive mosque built in the 1300's funded from the estates of those who had died of the black death. This theft of property led to the downfall of the Sultan.
The Mosque of Sultan Hassan was also a Madrasa (school). These are the rooms where the students lived.
Next door to the Hassan Mosque is the Mosque of ar-Rifai, the project of a rich princess who intended the mosque as a tomb for her family. These are the tombs of three queens of King Farouk. I love the one in center. She was French and he gave her a French inspired tomb.
Did you know that the Shah of Iran is buried in Cairo at the Mosque of ar-Rifai? No other Arab country would take him, but the Shah had helped Egypt during a fuel crisis years ago and it was their way of repaying him.
The Mosque of Ibn Tulun. Recently restored, this is a massive mosque with the biggest courtyard one can imagine. The crenellations along the top of the wall are supposed to have been inspired by ranks of standing soldiers.
Close up of the crenellation inspired by soldiers
Archway in Old Cairo with turquoise "evil eyes" for protection
I loved the way all these arches lined up
You see horses all the time on the street for transport. Notice--no saddle or stirrups.
Getting ready for a day of work
I cannot tell you how fast this woman was walking. How do they do this?
Head covering is the letter of the law. Many girls wear jeans and form revealing sweaters.