Cairo in a nutshell

I’ve been poking around the back alleys and the big-ticket drawcards of Cairo for a decade now (How did that happen? One minute I was setting up this blog on a tiny little Juliet balcony in a pensione in downtown Cairo, the next minute, it’s 10 years later!)

In that time, Cairo’s fortunes have flowed, ebbed, and are now flowing again, after revolutions, currency flotations, elections and a whole vortex of world events that have shaped the old traditions and new fashions in this maniacal city of 20 million (give or take a few million).

It still blows me away, every time I visit. There’s the City of the Dead, which may be home to as many as a million undocumented (living) souls, the rock-carved cathedrals of Mokattam, the wild nights of horseriding around the Pyramids beneath a full moon, and the Nile. There’s always the Nile.

It scratches only the surface, but here are 10 of my tips on visiting the City that Sleeps In Shifts, published in this weekend’s Traveller section in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers.

 

2 thoughts on “Cairo in a nutshell

  1. Boy do you get around. !
    You have a very easy reading style.
    Hopefully when the kids both are in Uni
    I can start to travel on my own accord and not just for work.
    Well keep on writing someone is reading just not always commenting.

    1. Hi Rob! Great to see you here (amidst all the spam)! I finally got the site cleaned up 🙂 Been head down, writing for the past few months, about to hit the road again this weekend. There’s nothing wrong with travel for work – if you get out of the studio every now and then. Thanks for reading, see you somewhere in the ether, Belle

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