“Travel Tips & Advice on Egypt”

Hindsight is 20/20 in The Best of Egypt

I have just a few Hindsights specifically relating to this particular tour for travelers to think about: – February is not a good month for desert travel in Egypt. The best months are April-May, September-October. A newspaper article appeared while we were still in Cairo, recap below: “Huge dust laden winds swept from the western […]

The Governor’s Tombs of Beni Hassan, Egypt

Beni Hassan was another 60 kilometers/36 miles away from Tel Armana and had 39 tombs for the Governors in this area; 12 completed tombs had paintings but only four were open to see (Numbers 2, 3, 15, and 17). Beni Hassan dates from the Middle Kingdom, 200 BC-1956 BC. The Governors in this area had great power […]

A Long Day Tour to Tel Amarna and Beni Hassan, Egypt

Tel Amarna and Beni Haassan are off-the-beaten track monuments and a long day ride from Cairo; how long wasn’t brought home until the day was over but I’ll tell you now – think four hours and that’s just in one direction. What did we see? Read and weep… Picked up once again at 6:00a from […]

Khan el-Khalili and Complex of Sultan Quasuwa Alghuri in Old Cairo

A trip to Cairo wouldn’t be complete without stepping into the famous souk/bazaar of Khan el-Khalili. Continuing along vibrant and ancient Al Muizz Street, stands selling cheap bracelets with the famous, protective eye appeared along the street; a harbinger of the things to come. (Don’t pay more than 50 cents US for one bracelet.) We […]

The Street of The Tentmakers in Old Cairo

The Street of the Tentmakers (video), Khaimiah Street, was adjacent to Farag Ibn Barquq Sabil and we took a short walk down this narrow, covered street before entering Al Muizz Street through Bab Zuweila.  The Street of Tentmakers dated from medieval times when caravans came through Cairo and slept above little shops for a night or […]

Walking Through The Oldest Area in Cairo

When we visited Bab Zuweila in the Cairo two years ago, our guide informed us that it was possible to  walk through Bab Zuweila, down Al Muizz Street (the oldest remaining part of Cairo), past Khan el-Khalili, and continue walking before exiting out Bab Al Fatouh. Bab means gate, and both of these gates are two of […]

Dress Up Like Cleopatra and Have Your Photo Taken in Egypt

I have been tapping into my inner child and/or Halloween memories recently by playing dress-up as an Apsara in Cambodia; a Geisha (trust me on this – the white make up showed every line – not one of my finest photographs); and now as either famous Queen Cleopatra or a Pharaoh’s Queen. Who doesn’t know […]

The Touristy but Informative Pharaonic Village in Cairo

The Pharaonic Village was an experience; touristy, but think of it as an informative Egyptian Disney experience. Tourists should consider visiting here before setting off on their trip through Egypt to learn all the basics. Cairo was suffering through an unusual cold spell and guide Deen stopped at home to get heavy jackets for us […]

What is a Nilometer? Visiting Cairo’s Historic Nilometer…

The Nilometer was used to measure the flood levels of the Nile River and on our last visit, “To see” list, but had closed by the time we got there. Built by architect, Ahmad Al-Fargoni in 861 under the direction of Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Hasib at the end of his reign in 861, the Nilometer remains […]

An Entertaining Dinner Cruise on The Nile River in Cairo

An early morning flight back to Cairo, airport pick up by driver Zeeko from Memphis Tours and it was back to the sumptuous Mena House Oberoi for three more nights. There was actually time to relax by the pool before a dinner cruise on the Nile this evening. A dinner cruise may sound hokey to […]