4 - Egypt and Jordan - Cairo
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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.
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Trinkets galore at the famous Khan el Khalili market


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and something for every taste, no matter how bad that taste is


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Limitless shawls--probably from India


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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!


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The Khan el Khalili market is fascinating.


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and full of everything you can imagine


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and things you could never imagine


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Interesting vistas through the market archways


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The famed Fishawy Cafe is where the Nobel prize winning Egyptian author Mafouz used to hang out.


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Lauren and Caroline at the Fishawy Cafe


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The Fishawy Cafe reflected in the mirrow


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We had tea in the Khan el Khalili square


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The Khan el Khalili/Al Hussein square


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And THIS is the market for the locals. Tourists are not welcomed. Oh, dear and I so wanted to go! (not)


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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.


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The city of 1000 minarets.


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The girls try the Muslim look


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Caroline at the Hassan Mosque. Great eyes, eh?


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Conversation of a street corner


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Citadel mosque


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The Citadel


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The Mosque


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An afternoon date


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Louise and I in front of the Egyptian Museum where all the King Tut loot is found. Security VERY strict. Police everywhere.


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Buying perfume outside the market


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Going home after a birthday party. I thought this was so cute.


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Sequoia nightclub on Zalamek Island.


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Navigating the median on the impossible-to-cross Cairo streets


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Cairo Traffic at 10 AM


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Cairo Traffic at 10 PM


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The Nile from our hotel room


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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!


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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.


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The Mosque of Sultan Hassan was also a Madrasa (school). These are the rooms where the students lived.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Close up of the crenellation inspired by soldiers


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Mosque door


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Mosque door 2


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Mosque door 3


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Archway in Old Cairo with turquoise "evil eyes" for protection


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Ibn Tulun archway


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I loved the way all these arches lined up


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You see horses all the time on the street for transport. Notice--no saddle or stirrups.


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Getting ready for a day of work


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A playground.


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I cannot tell you how fast this woman was walking. How do they do this?


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Head covering is the letter of the law. Many girls wear jeans and form revealing sweaters.
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