Friday, October 8, 2010

Coptic Quarter, Alabaster Mosque and Khan el-Khalili.

It was 9 am and we were at our last day in Egypt. The forces were getting lesser and we set out to visit the Coptic quarter, the Jew, the Alabaster Mosque and finally the National Museum of Cairo.The output was a little late because one of the components of the group had been hard, "Pharaoh's revenge" the night before and was in poor condition. Nevertheless, we managed to leave for our first destination: the neighborhood Coptic Christians neighborhood and Egypt, where we visited one of their churches, within which Greek influence was not allowed access to our guide for being a Muslim .

After a short visit we went wandering through the narrow streets to a Jewish synagogue and later drive to the Alabaster Mosque, located on the hill north of Cairo, Saladin's Citadel, a fortress of the XII century, where you can see stunning views of the city. The entrance, although permitted to tourists of both sexes is made covering the feet with a hose and carrying little provocative clothing, being essential in the case of women, a scarf covering her head and shoulders. It is advisable to bring your own to avoid hitting you on your head a smelly rag.

After the obligatory pictures left the mosque and drove to the old bazaar in the city, the bazaar of Khan el-Khalili, a bazaar with shops where you can find any memory of the country. Yes, be prepared to support the vendors continually harass you.After the shopping, of course included many of papyrus (the most typical of the country remember), lunch and continue the journey of visits, this time the Cairo Museum, one of the most famous in the world. The museum itself is striking by objects placed there, but no infrastructure (except in the halls of the mummies, which provided for a small additional fee you can see some of the most famous mummies of ancient Egypt) as they are all objects "lying" in any way, with entries made by hand on a piece of paper.

Back at the hotel, shower, dinner and a short walk on our own (after haggling with the driver) to the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, cafe Fishawy, or cafeteria of mirrors, one of the most interesting places to visit in this area of the city.

And so our last night in Egypt. The next day to the airport, 5 hours of flight and arrival to Barajas.


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