Cairo first timers....

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Apr 17th, 2000, 07:22 AM
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Gina Taglioli :)
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Cairo first timers....

We are planning a trip to Cairo in late Sept./Oct. 2000.The duration would most likely be 1 wk. to 10 days.
We would like to gain a feel for which sites/trips to be sure not to miss in that short time. We are also curious as to how the sabbath (Fri.eve-Sat.) will affect our stay- do the restaurants & sites close etc.
Any input would be much appreciated.
We look forward to a response!
 
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Apr 20th, 2000, 12:23 AM
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Be sure to see 1)the Egyptian museum 2)the Sphinx and Pyramids 3) take a felucca ride down the Nile 4) try to get to Wissa Wassef -- a school for artists/children in the Pyramids area -- wonderful art, tapestries, batiks, etc. to buy 5)the pyramids at Saqqara 6) the camel market but beware it is VERY dirty and shocking in some ways 7) Khan El Khalili bazaar 8) the old capital at Memphis 9) shopping in Zamalek is fun 10) go up in Cairo Tower but DO NOT eat lunch there -- just enjoy the panoramic view 11) I always enjoyed the casinos in the big downtown hotels and you should be able to catch a big Egyptian wedding on almost any night in the big hotels. They don't mind if you kind of hang out with them. This list is not in any particular priority order. As to the sabbath, you won't find any changes in the workhours and opening hours. Pretty much from about 9/9:30 am to 9 pm. As you know, Egyptians are, by and large, Muslims and do not observe "the sabbbath." That would be Israel.
 
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Apr 20th, 2000, 02:58 PM
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Hello Sheryl & thank you for the response.
We are very anxious to go & want to take advantage of our time there to the fullest. Being in contact w/ experience travelers such as yourself is of great value.

We were unsure how/if the sabbath affected things- your input is much appreciated!
Happy traveling!!
 
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