favorite city in north africa?

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Mar 8th, 2006, 09:31 AM
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favorite city in north africa?

i'm considering a short trip (2-3 days) to egypt, tunisia, or morocco in april or may. any suggestions? thanks!
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Mar 8th, 2006, 09:48 AM
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My favorites

1. Cairo
2. Tunis
3. Luxor

I'm not a big fan of Morocco (too much hassle from faux guides and I wasn't comfortable wandering around independently). Admittedly, I haven't been back to Morocco in many years, but based on the hassle-factor, I don't have any intention of returning in the near future. I would not say the same about Egypt or Tunisia -- both are hassle-free and amazing destinations.
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Mar 8th, 2006, 10:31 AM
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If you have not traveled to Cairo before, I would choose Cairo. Be aware of the holidays: April 11 - Prophet Mohammeds birthday, and Spring Day which is around Easter. We were in Cairo on Spring Day/ weekend a few years ago and everything was closed. Everything.

I just returned from several days in Marrekech and found it delightful. I had read that 94% of tourists polled would not return to Marrekech because of the touts; apparently the government has cracked down on this. I had no problems in the souk or anywhere else (lone female). I would go back in a heartbeat. The only disappointment was that I could not enter the mosques as I am not muslim.

I have not been to Tunisia.
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Mar 10th, 2006, 08:15 AM
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thanks thit cho and queenie for your input. sounds like cairo is probably the way to go. i will likely be traveling solo as well. bummer about the mosques - everyone was allowed to visit the ones in istanbul.
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