Dear Great All CS'ers & Locals who had never seen the unknown beauty face of Islamic Cairo ..
Had you been here in Cairo for a while now and start getting bored from the touristic places all the time..?
Are you a local who had been told about the beauty of your city but never knew how and where you can get real city adventure..?
Are you big fan of walking and getting lost in history then forget about the place and time and just open your eyes for new experiences..?
Are you are art student or photographer dreaming of shooting the best of Islamic Cairo and Daily Egyptian life with a new artist perspective..?
Had you read one of "Naguib Mahfouz" novels and dream to walk on his feet-steps and see the places he was talking about in real life..?
Are you looking for inspiration or a story for your project what ever it is..a movie, a travel book, or even a good memory for the future..?
I had the answer for you all..
Real Adventure by artist eye point of view.. getting the best you can do and experience in full one day trip..
we are heading to the streets and places which are a warren of blind alleys, and it’s easy to lose not just a sense of direction but also a sense of time.
Due to exploration surprise effect and to keep this post short as possible i would be mentioning only the Name of the places and highlights we would be hitting without much details about them..but would tell you every thing i know about those places there for sure when we would be there or you can google them also if you want to do some homework..lol
Main Nightlights and sight seeing..
1- Old Cairo wall
2- Bab Al Nasar
3- Bab Al Fotouh
4- Bab Al Fotouh Tower
5- Al Hakem belleh Mosque
6- Brass Stuff Makers Shops
7- Amir Al Gyoush Al barany St.. where you would find the workers creating amazing metal stuff all hand made
- First Main Stop for Egyptian Breakfast-
8- The tobacco & shisha sellers shops
9- Hamam Margoush AKA Hamam Al Malality
10- Sabil Al Salehdar & its facet -the deepest point in Islamic Cairo 20 meter under street level , Al Salehdar Mosque & School.
11- Haret Bergwan entrance (one of the places where Naguib Mahfouz -The only Arab & Egyptian writer who won Nobel prize for his novels- mentioned in his novels
12- Bait Al suhuimy you may spend a full week only for this place
13- Bait Mostafa Ga'afr
14- Wekalet Bazara'a
15- AL Akmar Mosque & Meniert
16- Abd AlRahman Kutkhda Sabil and the amazing chinaware & glassware collection inside it.
17- Bashtak Palace
18- Egyptian Textile Museum
19- Bait Al Kady
20- Sultan Barqok Mosque & tomb
21- Al Naser Qalawoon Mosque & School & Menreit
22- Al Saleh Ayoub Doom
23- The old market where you would find the Alla din Latren and the beads & false jewelery market..
-if you done all that stuff and visiting for sure it would around 3:00PM at least so lets have a rest to have a meal in one of the traditional Egyptians food shops around -
24- Khan Al Khalili
25- Wekalet Al Ghury
26- AlGhury Mosque & it menirt
27- Al Moyed Shek Mosque & it's roof
28- Bab Zawila & it's tower
29- Tent Makers market
30- Al Fishawy Cafe to drink the famous tea and have some rest and nice chat..at the end of the day in this endless open Museum street..
tell me what else you may need..old industries & hand crafts workers and people in real life coming back from past history .. there are a lot to be witnessed than you can imagine.. so get ready..
By the way i had done more than that cause i used to go painting, drawing & photographing every place there while studying art and later on when i start working as a digital artist i get most of my amazing photos from there.. so if you have any question about any place there ask me as there is at least more than 101 place and thing to be done in this amazing street during day and night...
The meeting point is so easy, we will meet in Opera "Gezira" metro station, IN FRONT OF TICKET WINDOW, not outside, there's only one ticket window inside the station so, it's a perfect point to meet.
the meeting at 7:45 AM and we will wait 30 minutes, till 8:15 AM
at 8:15 AM we would start moving -using Metro- towards "Ataba" then switch the line for one station to "Bab Alsharia".. where we would start our day from there..
note: Opera or Gazira, both are the same station.
the station is at metro line 2.
and here's Cairo's metro map: http://www.urbanrail.net/af/cairo/cairo.htm
For all who may find meeting us in opera station may be hard for them for any reason .. There would be SECOND MEETING POINT: so you can join us in front of the tickets window of Bab Alsharia باب الشعرية Metro Station we would wait there only for for 15 minutes from 8:45 AM till 9:00 AM Sharp
P.S. You can Join us at any stop during the day so just give me a call to check where we would be at that time; and cause we would still be in the core of the city it would be so easy to leave any time you want..
What would you need during this trip.. passion and having enough sleep the day before is highly recommended then be sure don't forget your cameras, extra batteries & charger (for your camera or your mobile) that was the main issue facing many CS friends doing this trip with me every time..
P.S.: Appropriate dress for both men and women is not just polite but necessary if you want to enter mosques; for women legs and shoulders must be covered (and it make it easier try to get a scarf with you). Wear sturdy shoes that can be easily slipped off and comfort for walking.
We would have more than enough stops to rest during the day so you can either bring your favorite snacks & drinks with you if you want or just buy from any of the corner shops we would pass by during the day so don't worry it is not exhausting at all.
Ah ..had i forget to mention how much this day would cost ..
Most of the places we would enter are totally free; however some amazing points needs entrance tickets ..
For Adult Foreigners that would be around 100 LE.
for Student Foreigners that is half the ticket only 50 LE but don't forget to bring your student card with you.
for Egyptians & Arab .. you are so lucky that would be less than 20 LE.
Looking forward to met you all with a big smile..Cheers,
Amir "Miro" 011-44-588-911