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OK, silly question: Can I buy a wide-brimmed hat upon arrival in Egypt?

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Jun 27th, 2003, 08:22 PM
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OK, silly question: Can I buy a wide-brimmed hat upon arrival in Egypt?

I live in China, where it's a bit hard to find this kind of hat (aside from the pointy-straw hats, which I'm not about to wear). We leave for Egypt in a week, and since it's the hot season and I have blonde hair, I'm told I'll be much happier with a wide-brimmed hat.

Can anyone remember if these are readily available for purchase at a reasonable price in Cairo? Otherwise the only ones I've found here are imported ones in upscale department stores, and since this hat is essentially for this trip only, I'd rather buy one there if I can. But I don't want to get stuck without one.

Any help with this very silly question will be greatly appreciated!!
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Jun 28th, 2003, 12:29 AM
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I do not recall seeing anything like that in Egypt - but it would have been easy to not see them as there are so many street vendors selling so much stuff that after a while you start to avert your eyes from their wares.

We were told there is a modern Western-style mall in Cairo - did not go there, and there is also a major outdoor bazaar that sold everything on the planet - either one of them might be worth a try.

Before we went 2 years ago I bought reasonable looking, although expensive, crushable hat from TravelSmith online - but in a week you are unlikely to be able to do that.

By all means have a hat - the sun was brutal when we were there in the month of April. Have a great trip - Egypt was incredible
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