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March 12, 2010

End of the Line

Filed under: Cairo — scotsabroad @ 6:11 pm

I don’t suppose many foreigners travel to Helwan on the Metro. Helwan is the last stop. The Rough Guide describes it as a once-fashionable Spa, now grossly polluted by an iron and steel works. The only notes of interest, that prompted a journey this morning, are a nineteenth-century Japanese garden and a (possible) waxwork museum. The problem was taking the wrong guide book with us. We got off at Helwan and searched for the Japanese Garden. Not what we had expected. Once the gate had agreed on how much I should pay to enter, we entered a large park in a built up area complete with buddhas and pagodas. Lots of local families enjoying the shade. Some tired, brown and dusty plant life but some resilient blossoms. The Rough Guide uses the phrase, ‘ The Steelworks wreak eco-death on a nineteenth-century Japanese Garden.’ Heaven knows what the plant is doing to the health of the local population. 

Not having the guidebook, we didn’t know that the Waxwork Museum and Ain Helwan Baths were one stop back up the line. Another time.

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