Exploring Cairo

​Having slept like logs and not set an alarm to wake us up we started the day at a leisurely 0830 with a complimentary breakfast. Breakfast was two rolls with jam and spreadable cheese and an egg, a slimed down version of the one we had in Iraq.

Although not the top tourist attraction in Egypt or even Cairo Midan Tahrir (Liberation Square) has made the news a number of times in recent years as an area for demonstrations, including the one in 2011 where millions converged there to oust then-president Hosni Mubarak. Thankfully when we visited it was peaceful, at least it was as peaceful as Cairo can ever get amongst all the case horns and shouting.

Liberation Square

We did a brief bit of shopping where I bought some papyrus. We then went to the Egyptian Museum. Inside this huge pink building are over 100 sections of history spanning thousands of years. We spent about 3 hours wandering from room to room and. y the end it was easy to see why and how some people have dedicated their entire lives to Egyptian history. Special mention should be given to  the room which held Tutankhamen’s Sarcophagi and some of his jewelry, it was all breathtakingly beautiful and completely priceless. 

I wandered the streets exploring for a while whilst Emily went back to the hostel. After returning to the hotel, chilling and cooling down we went out for an early dinner to a restaurant just round the corner called Abu Tarek which was recommended by both Lonely Planet and the Hostel staff. The restaurant only serves Kushkari which is a mix of noodles, rice, black lentils, fried onions and tomato sauce. It was incredible. Emily, whose appetite isn’t fully back yet, didn’t finish hers but the second helping for me prevented the necessity to buy another bowl of it as it was so good.  Definitely in my top 10 meals of all time!

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