Farewell to Cairo

 

A cruise with a Falukha on the Nile is an absolute "must"! It is impressive how fast the city noises vanish and then there is only wind and water.

 

Having the car back, this obviously means that our "itchy feet" need a cure and we have to be back on the road again!

So, we tried to make as much of the last few days in this "terrible beauty" of a city. Here are some impressions ...

Public transport - Nile or Amazon?

 

Our captain ...

 
 

It was a wonderful sunset cruise ... oh how we do love to travel!

 

The Pyramids of Gizeh is something that everybody "knows" from their history books at school. Standing right in front of them is so very dwarfing and certainly puts the impressive technological and scientifical development and knowledge of the old Egyptians in its right position! ... all this was constructed at a time when Europe still was full of savages clad in animal skins. What a magical place!

As Egypt is suffering under a 75% decrease of tourists at the moment, this enables you to be more or less on your own discovering this only remaining of the ancient seven wonders of the world.

 
 
 
 

If you are doing Transafrica, you've got to take some pictures with the car in front of the pyramids ...

Great: no tourists and no roads ...

 

The Sphinx ... as equally great as the pyramids but slightly smaller than expected!

 
 

A ship aged over 4000 years old ... what a beautiful vessel!

 
 

An impressed Sóley in the minaret of the El Ghawri Mosque.

 

We don't know what's wrong here, but usually it's the parents who try to "make" their kids go to museums, churches et cetera ... Sóley makes us go to mosque after mosque and apparently is deeply touched ...

A view on Cairo from the minaret.

A beautiful ceiling.

Ancient ivory inlay work ... Anouk loves it and hates that animals had to die for this at the same time.

 

The minaret from below.

 
 

Indulging in Lebanese food with fellow Land Rover owner Sam Watson.

 

Before coming to Cairo, Sam was one of the great people who had helped us in planning our Transafrican adventure. We were invited to stay at his home, our kids loved the atmosphere of a flat with a multitude of interesting things to discover in every corner and on every shelf ... and impressively, nothing has been damaged by them.

After having spent about a week together, we feel like we leave a friend behind. It's great that we have at least two travel plans together, Sam!

 

The good ol' times!

 

Distant relatives.

 

Haha! Don't eat raw fish in Egypt!!! Thanks for the Sushi-Farewell, Sam!

 
 

Bye bye Mr. Sam Sandrover ... we will miss you ... but meet again so soon!

 

The roads that took us down south to the Red Sea coast were in unexpectedly good condition. Still, I had to drive in darkness for about 1,5 hours ("Don't do it!", says the German Foreign Ministry in its travel advice).

The countryside is rocky, dusty and smells of petrol.

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