Cairo is a large dusty city of about 10 million people. The city’s metropolitan area is one of the largest in Africa. Located near the Nile Delta, modern Cairo was founded in 969 AD by the Fatimid dynasty, but the land composing the present-day city was the site of ancient national capitals whose remnants remain visible in parts of Old Cairo. Cairo has long been a center of the region’s political and cultural life, and is titled “the city of a thousand minarets” for its preponderance of Islamic architecture.
1966-05 – Cairo
We stopped a few days in Cairo in May 1966 on our way from Addis Ababa to Oslo for a summer vacation during our 4 years in Ethiopia. We stayed in a quite central hotel, and had a local guide to drive us to the famous sites: Giza pyramids and Sphinx, the Cairo zoo, the bazars, and the museum to see Tutankhamun’s treasures.
I was 11 years old at that time (sitting behind my brother in this photo). It was allowed to climb the pyramids, but we did not have time for that. Instead we had a long lunch at our guides house – very boring for us children – and a dip in the pool at Mena House.
2005-02 – By bus from Hurghada to Cairo
Because of attacks on tourist buses the past years, all the tourist buses going to Cairo met at a breakfast stop. From there we drove in convoy with police protection.
It was a very long drive, and we were glad we had booked a 3-day tour instead of driving back the next evening.
2005-02 – Cairo – Citadel and mosque
Our first stop was a the Citadel to see the Muhammad Ali’s alabaster mosque.
2005-02 – Lunch on a Nile River-boat
2005-02 – Cairo Marriott Hotel
2005-02 – Evening tour by taxi to Giza
2005-02 – Sakkara Pyramides
2005-02 – Giza Pyramides