is Egypt's capital, standing where East meets West and combining
the mystery of the one with the sophistication of the other.
It is a city of contrasts; a place where donkey carts jockey
with Mercedes along the crowded streets, and where a thousand
minarets adorn the skyline alongside a sea of skyscrapers.
is the largest city in the African continent and the heart
of the Arab world with a population of 16,000,000. With its
"thousand minarets", picturesque oriental bazaars, plush Nile-side
hotels, apartment blocks, and gracious residential areas,
Cairo, is also a rare blend of a long past throbbing with
life, and a vibrant, modern present.
The new part of Cairo has imposing buildings
and wide roads, whereas the old part has crooked narrow streets,
old houses with metal grills on the windows, mosques, souks
and a seething mass of humanity. It is a fascinating combination
of modern and ancient, which together give Cairo an atmosphere
unique to this city.
There are a number of places to be visited
in Cairo besides the Pyramids. The Egyptian museum with its
collection of Byzantine & Pharaonic sculptures from various
surrounding areas. Khan El Khalili Bazaar where one can find
inexpensive tailor-made clothing, traditional leatherwork
and brassware. Visit the Citadel, Cairo Tower, the Coptic
and Islamic Museums, the Sound and light show at the Pyramids
and a lot more. You can also go sailing on the traditional
Nile sailing boats, called fellucas.