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Cairo

Cairo is the capital of Egypt, and with a total population in excess of 16 million people, one of the largest cities in both Africa and the Middle East (which regions it conveniently straddles) - it is also the 13th largest city in the world. Situated on the River Nile, Cairo is famous for its own history - preserved in the fabulous medieval Islamic city and in Old Cairo - and for the ancient, Pharaonic history of the country it represents. No trip to Cairo would be complete, for example, without a visit to the Giza Pyramids, to nearby Saqqara, or to the Egyptian Museum in the center of town. Though firmly attached to the past, Cairo is also home to a vibrant modern society.
The Pyramids of Giza as seen from our hotel
The Pyramids of Giza as seen from our hotel
The one on the left is the great pyramid of Cheops and the one on the right is that of his son Chephren
The one on the left is the great pyramid of Cheops and the one on the right is that of his son Chephren
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Cheops Pyramid at night
Cheops Pyramid at night
Date Palms
Date Palms
The picking of dates
The picking of dates
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t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f104214547.zlx9In5n.jpg Armed guards everywhere we went including on our bus, where they carried machine-pistols
Armed guards everywhere we went including on our bus, where they carried machine-pistols
The Step Pyramid at Sakkara.  This one was built for King Djoser and is the oldest known pyramid in Egypt
The Step Pyramid at Sakkara. This one was built for King Djoser and is the oldest known pyramid in Egypt
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t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f104214549.2reowbne.jpg The Great Pyramid of Cheops
The Great Pyramid of Cheops
t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f104214556.1YZgFnfS.jpg The Pyramid of Chephren, Cheops' son
The Pyramid of Chephren, Cheops' son
A model of a perfectly preserved royal barge, found at the foot of the Cheops pyramid
A model of a perfectly preserved royal barge, found at the foot of the Cheops pyramid
The boat itself after being completely reconstructed
The boat itself after being completely reconstructed
From the left; the Cheops pyramid, his son Chephren, and his son Mykerinos
From the left; the Cheops pyramid, his son Chephren, and his son Mykerinos
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The Sphynix, the body of a lion, and the head of a king or god
The Sphynix, the body of a lion, and the head of a king or god
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The Ben Ezra Temple
t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f104214576.yayswMcq.jpg One of the early Coptic churches
One of the early Coptic churches
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t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f104214581.ujwDHA1W.jpg t1%2f28%2f417028%2f4%2f104214582.yECzpvAd.jpg The Mosque of Mohamed Ali
The Mosque of Mohamed Ali
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Children watching us while we watch them :)
Children watching us while we watch them :)
The Khan el Khalili Bazaar, the biggest shopping center in Cairo
The Khan el Khalili Bazaar, the biggest shopping center in Cairo
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The Nile River
Cairo at night
Cairo at night
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