7.28.2010

The other side of Cairo

There are the Pyramids and than there is that side of Cairo which is not mentioned by the guidebooks. Despite hosting one of the world's biggest tourist attraction and accomodating millions and millions of tourists each year Cairo is one of the filthiest cities I've ever been too. Unfortunately I did not take enough pictures but at some parts of the city all you can see is garbage everywhere. Even if you look at the Nile... the first thing you notice is not the 2nd biggest and most culture rich river of the world but that you need to look very hard to see where the river is below all that junk. Very disappointing. After seeing all the filth I was not even surprised to see sheeps and goats in the middle of one of the busiest street of the city (just next to Four Seasons actually!!!). A cultural experience for sure.



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23 comments:

Morning Cloak said...

This really is a peek beyond the guidebooks.. kind of makes me reevaluate my idealized notions of Cairo.

Café Bellini said...

Very interesting. I always think of the locals who work in the luxury hotels and then go home to THAT... I wonder how they feel?

Claire Kiefer said...

for some reason the picture of that donkey with the watermelons makes me so sad. It's like . . . donkeys exist to carry loads for humans, or something. :(

Mia Delessi said...

I love these pictures

feli said...

beautiful

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jemina said...

Love all of your pictures and thanks for sharing!!! xoxo

kirstyb said...

lovely pics x

Katjusha sleepless in Berlin said...

you know, if i travel i always want to see the country HOW it is for real... it´s awful to stay in the hotel the whole time, it´s better to explore the country and see every side of it... if good or bad.




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Alicia said...

How interesting (and sad!), I had no idea Ciaro was so dirty. Well, I still hope to visit one day!!! And great photos. ;)

Cara said...

Whenever I visit other countries I make it a POINT to see the local towns...good or bad, I love to see how other people live...very important

Diana Mieczan said...

It’s so important to visit the local towns away from all the tourist attractions...and see how the real thing looks like....I have to say... I love those photos...It really shows what I read about it...So sad...but so true for many turist oriented places...:)

So, Tuesday 3:30pm works for me....I will think of a nice place and let you know :)

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Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

Again... let me emphasize!!! These pics were taken on one of the biggest avenues of Cairo!!!!!! :)

Mary said...

Wow... very interesting. Great pictures, nonetheless. Loved your pics from yesterday, too :p

Mary xo
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Efrutik said...

It's good you posted these pictures. The other side of Cairo, you know I wouldn't say the "Real" or what not. But is one layer of the big cake. It's important tourists see that as well to appreciate it all!

vicky h. said...

I seriously can't believe these were taken on one of the biggest streets in Cairo, looks like some back-ally in the ghetto...and the one of the donkey and the watermelons is an amazing photograph but i have to agree with claire kiefer, makes me kind of sad!

anyhow, great shots sweetie and thanks for sharing!!

xox Vicky

Marylena said...

Wow great blog i love these pics...so interesting!

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Rigid Goddess said...

I adore the quality of your photos darling!!!
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johanna said...

I would love to go to Egypt

ediot said...

thanks ! ah these photos are amazing. it must've been an utterly exiting trip! i love going to places where its not all about sun and beach-but unfortunately thats not the case for my next vacation-- its good to sun and bathe too- but its always fun to combine with adventures..
have a wonderful week.

Bella said...

The photos are amazing even though they show such poverty. I forget sometimes how lucky we are.

Manus Lemone said...

so exciting love the pics!


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j. said...

your blog is amazing.

anneorshine said...

amazing post and I love the one on the pyramids!

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