Cairo – from under a white blanket

68 thoughts on “Cairo – from under a white blanket”

  1. The details in the mosques are amazing. Wow the library of Alexandria, what a fabulous place. Thanks again for sharing Erin.

  2. Your day and night photos blow me away and the details remind me of our visit to the Alhambra. Can’t believe that was over a year ago!

  3. Wandering is by far the best way to capture some great photography, which you have certainly done here! Great shots! Love the night shot! And, McDonald’s Delivery? Now, that’s something we could use in the states! 🙂

    1. Yes, there is nothing like wandering for photo opportunities. Would you believe all the big fast food chains have delivery?!

  4. I loved Cairo and its people, but the overwhelming pollution had my face swelled up like a watermelon, not to mention my inhaler working overtime! 🙂 I still think I’d go back if given the chance, though. Something about just being somewhere so different than my own home…

    1. Thanks for the link and reading. In the 3 trips I have made to Cairo this is the whitest I’ve ever seen it, and I was event there in summer (expecting that to be the worst time).

  5. I was in Cairo for 2 days – one at the beginning and again at the end of my trip – in late April, early May of this year. I absolutely LOVED it and your pictures capture alot of the ‘thought & feeling’ I had about the city while I was there. =)

  6. It has always been my goal to reach Cairo someday and your post has confirmed one more time that I have to do it. Have been to Mediteranean last year, but from the another side (Rome, Italy) love every bit of it. Beautiful shots, thanks for showing your adventures.

  7. What a great post! I lived in Cairo many moons ago and you reminded me about some of the magic that still exists there. I live in Morocco now and am lucky to find many magical spaces there too. Keep writing and taking great photos. I look forward to visiting your site again . . .

  8. Beautiful photos! If there were McDelivery services here in the states, I might be inclined to order up a Big Mac more frequently.

    In that regard, it’s probably good that there aren’t McDelivery services here in the states…

  9. O your pictures of the mosque (and the other ones as well :D) are breathtaking!

    I have always wanted to travel to Cairo, but I get worried about traveling overseas because I do not know the laws, rules, and customs. I’m glad your trip went so well.

  10. You have just made me feel very ‘home sick’ even though Egypt isn’t really my home! I spent a year travelling around Egypt and enjoying the culture and the warmth of the people there that these pictures brought a lump in my throat…and now, despite the memories of difficult times within my personal life, I want to go back…


    1. Wow, a year, I am impressed. You would undoubtedly have an intimate knowledge and memory of the culture and people. I hope you get to go back one day.

  11. Very good post, and I can understand itchyfeet very well. I visited Cairo in 1960 as well as Alexandra, quite a long time ago, however I still remember it well. Did you see the mosque with the alabaster columns in it, beautiful, turn a flashlight on one side of the column and you can see the light on the other. Your description of the alleys and small shops is exactly as I saw them many years ago. I shared your dream of going to Africa and had an obsession about it. I arrived there on my 34th birthday, it took a while but I made it and spent a full months vacation touring Kenya, Uganda, and the Sudan. I returned in 1966 to live in Rwanda. My feet still itch at the age of 78, unfortunately my travel days are over. Keep going, don’t ever stop, I did it for more than 20 years and would not nor could I ever exchange the excitement of visiting a new country, learning about their culture, trying to learn a bit of their language, and last but not least, the food. I don’t think anything can replace those memories. Thanks for the great reminders.

    1. Hi Russ. Thank you for taking me back to a time when I suspect that much of Cairo looked then as it does now. I didn’t get to see the alabaster columns, but would have been great (will search it out if I visit again). Like you did, I live in Africa and am making the most of my time here. I couldn’t agree more – the excitement and anticipation of immersing yourself in a new culture is addictive. It sounds like you had many wonderful and memorable journeys. Thanks for reading.

      1. Thank you for replying. I have been working on a new blog, just got started a few days ago and it will take a bit of time to get it to the publishing stage, it will be titled, “Around the world in 20 years”, complete with photos from some 50 or more countries and about 100 or so specific places I had time to visit and enjoy.
        When it is complete I will let you know. I really did enjoy your photo tour of Cairo.

  12. although I’m Egyptian, see this scenes every day, but your lens showed more of its beauty..
    The sky moon..the wonderful mosque details..the simple old man sitting alone in front of the big shiny advertisements that probably he never cared about..cause he won’t rush to buy a can of Coca-cola or have a peaceful lunch at MacD anyway…this photo tells a big story… 🙂
    loved this post, the blogs is wonderful too, keep exploring 🙂

  13. Have never been to this part of the world, but would love to go one day! It’s nice to hear that you realize that understanding a culture is more than just sightseeing. Seeing the work put into those mosques in person would definitely be something. And I would love to stand in those ruins and just imagine the kinds of things that might have gone on there.

    Thanks so much for sharing your visit there.

  14. I love, love Cairo! I think it’s one of the most interesting places in the world. I’ve been there once and I can’t wait for my second trip there, whenever it will be. The only thing I hate there is the crazy way the drivers drive there. But, other than that, the city is fantastic! The pyramids of Giza are the most beautiful things I’ve seen in my entire life. Too bad you didn’t get a shot of them for this entry.

    But, good job on giving a new perspective to Cairo in this post. I would love to visit the Alexandria bibliotheque someday. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  15. Thanks to all of you for reading about my travel adventures and taking the time to comment. I am also feeling very honoured to be freshly pressed. Thanks again, Erin.

  16. My favorite photos are ‘Cairo By night’ and ‘A proud delivery boy’. Well done on such a great post and congratulations on getting Freshly pressed 😀

  17. I’m curious to hear what your traveling arrangments were, (alone, with another female, with a male, etc…) as your post is effuse with warmth regarding Cairo.

    I just visited Cairo a few months ago for about two weeks. Although I was extremely conservatively dressed (even wearing a veil most of the time because of my sensitivity to the sun), I was harrassed constantly and assaulted twice.

    I can’t say that I felt in “danger”, at least in the sense that I didn’t feel like someone was going to cause me physical harm, but the whole experience left such a bad taste in my mouth that I left with the feeling that I wouldn’t return.

    Obviously there is an inherent risk in traveling, but while I normally leave a place feeling that the good experiences outweighed the bad, I couldn’t shake the negative experiences I had in Cairo.
    Much more than a sight or a museum, it is the experiences I have with people that normally leave me feeling captivated.

    I’d like to know how other people traveling in Egypt felt while they were there, and what made their experiences worth while.

    1. Hi freckledsummer
      I am sorry to hear that you did not have a pleasant experience in Cairo. In regards to my travel I travelled all 3 ways – alone, with a male and with a female – and all the experiences were much the same. I tend to wander with blinkers though, in the sense that I am aware of the people around me, but tend to ignore the ones that look like they just want to hassle me. Having said that I do engage with the locals, but my previous visits taught me that I just needed to say hi and continue on my way. I guess that I chose to see the (often intense) dealings with people as just a part of the culture. For example, I used a few taxis while I was there and it became a game to see how many taxi’s I had to climb in and out of before I got one that would use the meter – despite the previous ones saying yes, and as soon as I was seated in the taxi they would state their price!
      In time I hope you will only remember the good. Thanks for reading and commenting.

      1. I just saw this response now, and I wanted to thank you for responding. I’m glad to hear you had a positive experience, as it makes me feel that perhaps my negative ones were an anomaly. It sounds like we experienced quite similar things, I just had a few extreme cases. I’m looking forward to more spectacular photos from you. 🙂 Happy travels.

        1. Hi Freckledsummer. Glad to see you came back and saw the reply. Thank you for taking the time to read and I wish you many more exciting and interesting journeys. Erin

    2. Having traveled with Erin, I can say that she is a truly unique individual when it comes to traveling. I’ve never seen her loose patience with pushy individuals and her cheery and direct “hi” is disarming and something that people respond to. I think in part it is because Erin doesn’t go out into the streets with the expectation that something negative is going to happen. Instead she approaches it with real enthusiasm and excitement (but no naivete) and I think this somehow gets across to everyone around her and they appreciate it. For Erin, traveling is all about the locals — this includes the pushy with the non-pushy. But I do think that each person is different and I think this is a very important consideration when it comes to traveling — don’t travel on your own if you are not comfortable, because your discomfort will be obvious. If it makes you more comfortable to travel in a small group, than do that! Best wishes for your travels.

  18. Wow! Those are some amazing pictures!
    I love the “Baby on Road” one, and yes, that surely looks as if it has a hammer in it’s hand.
    Cairo bustles with all sorts of life, and you can find people from many different countries over there. When I went there, I was told to beware of people offering me camel rides, and it’s a good thing I followed the advice!

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