Aside from touring the pyramids which I talk about here, there was lots to see in the historic city of Cairo, Egypt – all of which can be accomplished in one day!
The four sites below are my highlights. However, aside from the Egyptian Museum, a Papyrus Institute, the Coptic (Christian) area and the River Nile on a Felucca (boat) that I talk about below, we saw so much more…
The Egyptian Museum – it’s one of the largest in the region with so many important pieces of ancient Egyptian history. There was so much to learn, and I remember leaving the place with the feeling that I had a lot of homework to do and an overwhelming eagerness to read and learn more about the Egyptian Pharaohs’ and the civilization of ancient Egypt. A beautiful eye-opener.
3 Pyramids Papyrus Institute – this was an interesting discovery as the institute is a shop that makes and sells authentic papyrus which the ancient Egyptians used to write on. In addition, the shop sells beautiful pieces of art painted on papyrus sheets by Egyptian artists and provides a demonstration of the process in which these sheets are made from the papyrus plant. Sadly, taking pictures of the art is not allowed in most of the shop however, we did take a few from the demonstration area.
The Coptic area – this is an area in Cairo with many old churches and historical Christian sites with references made to the holy family and Moses in the bible. The area features admirable architecture and symbolic paintings. It is also the oldest part of Cairo.
The Nile on a Felucca – the most relaxing part of our day by far and I remember thinking we should have done it on a full stomach right after our lunch, or carried our lunch and indulged on the boat. We sailed the Nile for an hour or so and pleasantly took in the wind, the sunshine, the scenic views and the very colorful boat 🙂
Have you been to Cairo? Which places appeal to you? Do share your thoughts and experiences in the reply section below.