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March 6, 2010

The Bazaar Fabric of Cairo

Filed under: Cairo — scotsabroad @ 6:37 pm

One of those good days living in Cairo. Shona and I took advantage of the boys being invited to a birthday party this afternoon to drive down to the Khan for some supplies. The traffic was very congested but kept moving throughout the afternoon. Beautiful light today and a pleasant warmth in the air showing old al-Qahira at her best.

As well as replenishing some jewellery resources, we wanted to find the street of the tentmakers  (Sharia al-Khayamiya) just outside Bab Zuwayla. We have walked down to this area several times but have never found it open or indeed so busy. We didn’t want a tent but a cover made for our old car. Now that it is no longer parked in a garage, it gets filthy parked out on the street all day and the power of the sun has already cracked the vinyl dashboard in several places. In our naivety we thought you could just pull one off the shelf labelled Mercedes 230 (1981) or they could stitch you one up using memorised measurements for any car from a Hyundai to a Toyota or a BMW. No. We need to measure the car and choose our material. Back soon with the car. However, the walk was brilliant. If there is something you need, chances are you will find it around the Khan.   


1 Comment »

  1. So glad you had a good day in Cairo. Shari and I found a lovely dress shop in Largs and we also had a good birth day celebration!
    Hope you get a suitable cover for the car eventually – I can see what you mean by the heat and dust.

    Comment by ianandlinda — March 6, 2010 @ 6:51 pm | Reply

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