The Colourful Streets of Cairo

I am back from my little jaunt to Sharm el Sheik in Egypt with the kids. In search of sunshine, we found plenty of it as well as a beautiful country with hospitable people and an amazing culture and history.

I’m still sorting through the photos but 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 and the Egyptian Museum.

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. Having said I felt safe, I would not do an extended jaunt through the countryside with the children.

I look forward to sharing some of the stories of our Egyptian break with you in future posts.

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Shobha

I am an American expat based in London with my travel-loving family. I write at Just Go Places Blog about luxury, cultural and family travel.

8 thoughts on “The Colourful Streets of Cairo”

  1. Isn’t it weird how we like to think, that poorer or less modern regions must be dark and grey? And then we are suprised to see so much color. Perhaps more than in Berlin 🙂

    Y.

    1. Funny, it must be my New York upbringing – I think of black and grey as sophisticated colours. The colourful prints like those of Lilly Pulitzer or Pucci are all a Miami thing which I associate with sunshine and happiness (and possible lack of intellectual heft :-))

    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.

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