The Colourful Streets of Cairo

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I am back from my little jaunt to Sharm el Sheik in Egypt with the kids. In search of sunshine, we found plenty of sun, sand and sea as well as a beautiful country with hospitable people and an amazing culture and history. From our day trip to visit the Giza Pyramids I’d like to share some street photography from Cairo.

We saw banana and orange sellers everywhere!

No matter the political situation, ordinary people have to get on with their lives.  Doesn’t this older brother look completely harassed carrying his mother’s bag and tugging his middle brother along?

This man was selling fresh bread for the evening meal. It smelled heavenly.  These men are just hanging out on a traffic island smoking and chatting. Presumably traffic noise and fumes don’t bother them.  Cairo is so densely populated that free space is at a premium.The traffic jams of Cairo are legendary with good reason. People adeptly dodged between traffic to cross the roads. Just watching other pedestrians was stressful for me!

More banana sellers! If you are a fan of Coke products you are out of luck. Most places stock Pepsi products throughout Egypt.

 People also use whatever mode of transportation is on hand. We saw camels, donkeys, horses, carts, tuk tuks etc. It reminded me of my visits to India (minus the elephants!).

 Despite the worries about being in an unstable part of the world, I felt safe in Cairo. The people I saw just seemed to want to get on with their lives despite the chaos and congestion.

We were only there for a day because of the concerns we had ourselves about the political situation. It was just enough time to visit the Pyramids of Giza, including the Sphinx, and the Egyptian Museum. What we saw of this city was fascinating and there’s plenty to do for a three day itinerary in Cairo.

Both the pyramids and the Egyptian Museum had lots of interesting points for the children especially because they had studied Ancient Egyptian history at school. My children were fascinated with seeing the Royal Mummies and Tutankamen’s Royal Treasury at The Egyptian Museum.

We went inside one of the pyramids in Giza.  The passage was just big enough for my daughter to stand up. She went skipping merrily along and wondered why the rest of us were so slow as we hunched along.

We were able to zip around Cairo because we went on a private tour.  The tourist sites were heavily guarded both with tanks and men with big guns so we felt safe enough.


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6 thoughts on “The Colourful Streets of Cairo”

    1. Thanks Julie! I felt sorry for the people. It’s heavily populated and poor. They really need tourist money but that’s gotten scarcer. The average person is just trying to get by even if it means fleecing any tourist they can find.

  1. Looks amazing!! We are planning on taking a family vacation to Egypt in 2016…who did you use for a tour guide (in Cairo & Giza?). Did you book before going or did you find someone there?
    Thank you!!

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