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April 9, 2010

Downtown Friday

Filed under: Cairo — scotsabroad @ 9:34 am

This morning Gordon agreed to look after the boys, allowing us to take the bikes downtown. We have always wanted to do this as early as possible on a Friday morning and the experience was well worth the early start. Instead of risking our lives in the traffic we were able to cycle on deserted streets from the Khan, past the Islamic Art Museum, Bab Zuweila, Abdin Palace, down to the lions on Qasr el-Nil Bridge and back by the Mosque of Ibn Tulan and El- Qalaa Square – the most congested places in the city during the day. We were able to cycle up one-way streets and alleyways stopping to look at the magnificent architecture and experience the city wakening up for the day. Thanks Gordon. 

Then it was one extreme to the other. We all intended to drive to the Citadel but found parking a nightmare. We ended up in a traffic jam in the streets off Salah Salem Road, by the aqueduct, as the Friday prayers ended and the whole of Cairo got in their cars parked (abandoned) three abreast. Eventually we parked at the mosque of Ibn Tulun. The oldest mosque in Cairo proper, we were delighted to find on this visit the minaret door unlocked.  A bit precarious and open at the top but some wonderful views of the city.  Also a wonderful gift shop outside specialising in Egyptian craft from all over Egypt, called Khan Misr Tulun.

 

The majority of downtown Egyptians doing their laundry today.

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3 Comments »

  1. what a fortunate pair you are to experience a morning of such tranquility and beauty in downtown Cairo – well done
    Ian

    Comment by ianandlinda — April 9, 2010 @ 4:56 pm | Reply

  2. Amazing blog and what a fantastic experience cycling through the city so early in the morning. Well that was worth a visit from Gordon. Well done. x

    Comment by ianandlinda — April 9, 2010 @ 4:59 pm | Reply

  3. Wow! Gorgeous pictures. Hope you’re all well! x

    Comment by Wendy — April 9, 2010 @ 6:55 pm | Reply


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