Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Amazing Egypt!

After all my travels and living abroad, I have a confession to make: no matter where I go, part of me always just wants to chill and layout somewhere in Egypt (Dahab, I'm coming back!!). I know this might sound surprising, especially to many fellow Egyptians, but here is the catch: I don't necessarily mean Cairo when with Egypt  (I love it of course, but HATE it's traffic jams!).

Egypt is an extremely diverse and beautiful country. So here are some photos to celebrate the beauty of this land and it's people. I apologize if the resolution is poor, but all these photos are from my smart phone.


Alexandria

Raml Tram Station - The real Downtown of Alexandria


Banner explaining the Raml Tram station restoration


Man and Machine. Banner at Raml Station

Raml Station 

Yup, that's me (when I still had a goate 😊 )


Some of the old trams that got rehabilitated by the Agence française de développement, AFD



From inside the Le Metropole 


An old Piano in the Le Metropole lobby

Inside an Alexandrian tram

A double decker tram

Collège Saint-Marc


Map of Alex trams, as shown at Camp Chezar station


Inside a tram cafe 😎


The shore

 A random DB (the German train agency) office in Alexandria

View of the Mediterranean from Le Metropole 

Street view from Trianon cafe, Saad Zaghloul st (under Le Metropole  hotel)

Cairo

One of the busiest platforms at the Central Train station in Cairo (Also known as Mahtet Masr). There is a famous song all time beloved song named after this platform.



The Cairo-Alex train


View of the Citadel from Azhar park




 (view from Ahar park) View of a section of forticiations along the old Ayyubid wall






View of the citadel from the Ayyubid wall

Inside one of the fortification along the Ayyubid wall.



Two cats chilling at the Ayyubid wall.

"Got a cat in the wall"


A section of the wall, with some of the restored buildings behind it.

Aybak's home


Old houses, now restored and used as office space for Agha Kahn and other initiatives.


Yakan's palace (or rather ruins)

A narrow alley in ElDarb ElAhmar area.



Kids playing and surfing the web at an Internet Cafe, Abu Hariba St





In the foreground, Aslam Al Silahdar mosque and in the Background, Azhar park

Aslam Al Silahdar mosque at night

A must read if you want to tour the Old Islamic Cairo city

View of Aslam Al Silahdar from Dar Abu Hariba
Date inscribed on Aslam Al Silahdar  (1322 A.D)


Detail from side door (Aslam Al Silahdar Mosque)

 Door facing Aslam/Aslan square (Aslam Al Silahdar Mosque)


Window, Aslam/Aslan square (Aslam Al Silahdar Mosque)

Side view from Aslam/Aslan square (Aslam Al Silahdar Mosque)


Kodak Passage, Downtown Cairo


Jewish Synagouge in Adly st, as seen from Eish we Malh


Residential building in Mohamed Mamoud st, Downtown Cairo



Weird defunct, funky, wedding hall at Bab El Shaeri sq





Madrasa of Sarghatmish

Traffic driving through Saliba street in Islamic Cairo

No-Smoking sign inside a public bus. In the background is Salah Salem street and "Mashyakhet al Azhar"

Ibn Tulun mosque. 



The east bank of Zamalek Island, in front of Omar Khayyam Palace/Marriott Hotel. I suspect that the metal scraps in the water are part of the remains of the old Boulak bridge

One of the few remaining locally manufactured Nasr buses, as it drives through Sayyida Aisha square

Late night metro ride on Line 1. Can't find a place to sit lol
(for fellow users with screen-readers, the train's completely empty 😄 )



Some Metro art (Ancient Egyptian Mural) in Sadat Metro station (Helwan platform, line 1)


View of the Nile off Kasr ElNil bridge

Zamalek's skyline as viewed from the lower quay.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs (view from the lower quay)

An old house off Muiz street

View of Nile from West bank of Zamalek

Demonstration of Cairo's sarcasm (Best place for an ad: a dark spot under a bridge!) 



View from the entrance of my shrine (home)

Wood workshop in Eldarb ElAhmar

View of the Altar from inside the Roman Orthodox Church, ElDarb ElAhmar

,Sabil Muhammad Ali

Khayameya (Tent-makers) market




Sinai

Now, some photos from Ras Sidr and Dahab!!

Pelican bird in Ras Sidr, Why?!

Sea shore, Ras Sidr

Abandoned boat, Ras Sidr 

Imprint. Ras Sidr (yup, My feet)

Treasure box! (Ras Sidr)

GoBus on the way to Dahab

The views as you hike to Ras Abu Galum camp

Camles, chilling in ras abu galum 

Baby camels, Ras Abu Galum 

Camels bathing in the sea, Ras Abu Galum 

View from Ras Abu Galum


What's missing from this collection? Aswan and Luxor! Maybe I'll go there next year :) (Best time to go upper Egypt would be in the winter. Summers are glaring hot)