Day three: churches, mosques and museums.

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Jan/24 :Breakfast at hotel. Meeting with your Egyptologist tour guide at the lobby to enjoy your tour visiting one of the famous and unique museums the World the Egyptian Museum, famous for its antiquities from Egypt’s Pharaonic period, which include the fabulous treasures of King Tut-Ankh-Amon. Continue your tour to Old Cairo, visiting the oldest part of Cairo to St. Sergious Church, where the Holy Family was hidden while they were in Egypt.Followed by visiting the oldest Jewish Synagogue of Ben Ezra. Lunch at local restaurant. Visit the medieval Citadel of Salah El- Din, which contains many structures, the most impressive of which is the Alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali,It was designed in the early 19th Century by a Greek Architect from Turkey. At the end of your tour visit Khan El Khalili Bazaar, which is the main tourist bazaar located in narrow passageways. (Complimentary from our Company) At the End of your tour you are invited to have mint Tea and nergile (if you wish) at the oldest and most popular cafe named “Fishawy cafe”. Then meeting with your tour manager to transfer you to Cairo station for your sleeper train to Aswan. Dinner and overnight on board train.

We started off the day by heading to the Cairo museum. We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside. The museum had lots of random street cats milling about outside. They were cute! The museum had lots of interesting exhibitions, but it was packed with tourists. My favourite part was seeing the illustrated papryus. We paid $10 extra to go into the mummy room. The mummies were nice but creepy. Their toes were almost as long as fingers. (yes you needed to know that.)
After the museum, we went to old Cairo, which was really pretty with lots of old churches and cobblestones. We visited a catholic church, a synagogue and then finally Citadel of Salah El-Din. It was beautiful outside. We had to cover our shoulders and take off our shoes to go inside of the mosque. We had lunch at another gross tourist buffet place, and then went to the Khan El Khalili Bazaar. The Khan El Khalili Bazaar is amazing. It has tons of twisted tunnels and is chock full of people selling interesting clothes, purses, spices and silver. The only downfall were the merchants. They were so aggressive! They would call out to you according to your background, so they kept calling me “brown sugar,” and they kept calling out “namaste!” to my travel companions. It was very annoying. It was also really hard to shop, because if you even paused to look for something, they would urge you to come in and follow you for a little bit. If you said someone to the people you were with, ie, “I need to find some spices.” They would be like, oh, I have spices, very good spices, come and see. One shop owner even called out, “Maybe I will take some money from you today?” Which was a weird way to encourage sales, but whatever floats your boat…

I bought lots of stuff, like spices, leather purses ( made from camels! =S) figurines, perfume oil and glass perfume bottles. The prices were very good, but you had to haggle, because if you accepted the first price you would be over paying by the very least, half of what the item was worth.

After, we went to the train station to go from Cairo to Aswan. The train was terrible, and we had first class tickets! It was really rickety, and the food was awful. IT was an overnight train. The next morning, someone told me that they had seen a cockroach in their compartment. I’m REALLY glad I didn’t see one.

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