Egyptian Museum

Monday 26 January 2009 – Cairo, Egypt

Guide Hassam took us to the Egyptian Museum and gave a terrific tour of the great masterpieces and highlights of its collection in about three hours. Was exhausted by the end, mostly from concentrating on his voice through the din of the other tours and crowds. Other tour guides were literally shouting to be heard.

After that long several of us were suffering badly from ‘museum legs’ so Chris, Adam and I retired to the erstwhile Nile Hilton (now just the Nile Hotel) for a peaceful shawarma and a beer served in clean, green garden courtyard surroundings by completely incompetent waiting staff – this is Egypt.

Wandered around downtown a little in the afternoon, then we regrouped for dinner at Felfelas, a Walk Like an Egyptian institution. Another fairly ordinary kebaby-shishkay-grilled-meat sort of meal, in over the top surroundings, decoration-wise.

Another Ma’at Tours institution, apparently, is the awards presented on the final night. Chris won an award for being a repeat offender; I was given the ‘Oscar Wilde’ award for my silly asides, which apparently some have actually found amusing.

Traffic on Talaat Harb outside the Grand Hotel
Traffic on Talaat Harb outside the Grand Hotel
Intersection of Talaat Harb and 26th July St
Intersection of Talaat Harb and 26th July St
Talaat Harb
Talaat Harb
Talaat Harb
Talaat Harb
The view straight down from my balcony
The view straight down from my balcony

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