Published on February 3rd, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
24 hours in Cairo
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Cairo is the gateway to the Great Pyramids of Giza. If you stand on your tippy-toes you can almost see them, they’re amazing. But you don’t need to get out of town to have an eye-opening time here. Just walking through Cairo is enough to give you Egyptian memories for a lifetime. This is one crazy city. Once you get used to the horns, the smog, the noise and the general Cairo-ness, you’ll begin to see the rhythm behind the mayhem.
8am Start the day with a bowl of fava beans, some fresh bread and Egypt’s must-have drink, tea.
9am Be first in line to see the Egyptian Antiquities Museum. This place has every kind of Egyptian artifact you could ever hope to see including King Tutankhamun’s gold mask.
11am Find an ahwas (tea house), and settle down with a cup of chai and a game of backgammon with the local guys. Don’t be fooled by their friendly faces, these guys are backgammon-sharks.
12pm Felafal time. Nowhere does falafel’s better than the Egyptians. Not even that dodgy hole-in-the-wall you like to visit at 3am back home.
2pm You may never want to leave the Khan el Kahlili Bazaar. Which is lucky, because finding your way out of here could take a while. Haggle like crazy, pick up a rug, a tea set and a Roolex watch, and don’t forget to have tea with the shop owners.
5pm For a sunset you’ll remember forever, hire a felucca and watch it from the Nile.
8pm Take in all the hip swirling, tummy rolling, mind-bendingness of a belly dancing show.