Days 294-295 Cairo, PART 3
Day 294… Travel from Alexandria back to Cairo (approx 4 hrs). We arrive in Cairo around 4pm where we have an afternoon to visit the Khan El-Khalili bazzar, one of the most interesting bazaars, not only in Egypt, but also in the Middle East. We also get the rare pleasure of meeting g our guide Mohammed’s wife Marwa and his big eyed… wide smiled… cuter than Gizmo from Gremlins adorable little 2 year old daughter Lily who immediately loves all the attention we give her. Amusingly… and keeping with the reason I want to get into kids education… she gives me the biggest smiles… calls me ‘Uncle’ … then Tony… then a gorgeous little squeaky ‘i love you’… really nice little kid.
Now… the bazaar. ..was named after Prince Jaharkas Al-Khalili, who was one of the powerfulkhan Mamluke Princes in the 14th century. It is famous for its unusual, typically oriental souvenirs, and handmade crafts. The Medieval atmospheres of this traditional market, together with the labyrinth layout of the streets, gives visitors a lot of pleasure and a glimpse into what medieval markets once were like.
Cafes, restaurants, shops, and large number of vendors and buyers constitute a dynamic panorama of the place. Drinking Hibiscus, Karakare, Helba, or any of the various typical Egyptian beverages, is a pleasant experience for visitors and guests to get a real taste experience. For smokers, there is the Shisha, or water pipe, to be tried. Which is horrible, even flavoured and distilled tobacco is still tasting of tobacco. I prefer my non-tobacco e-hookah from Vegas.
Every visitor can take the opportunity to safely enjoy the walk through the narrow streets of Khan El-Khalili, but keep in mind that in open traditional markets, the prices are not fixed; you have to remember to bargain (haggle) to get the best price. And by god I hate that. Seriously. .. we stumbled on an amazing store back in Aswan that had excellent SET prices and zero hassles… we ALL bought stuff there because of that exact reason.
At night we have a final get together before heading out to a full buffet and show cruise with belly dancing and whirling dervish dancers. Of course, on the boat is get singled out to dance with the dervish guys and the belly dancer lady… who is not only beautiful… but has THE HUGEST BOOBS i have ever seen in real life. Apparently I did well tho… my group were all filming… not a dry eye in he place from laughing and i did us proud! Then its final bye byes.