Wednesday 19 January 2011
The permit is signed! I got a friendly welcome at the SCA and it was all sorted in an hour. I picked up the Total Station and other equipment from the EES storeroom at the British Council and bought train tickets for the overnight train to Luxor tomorrow for myself and Reis Omar Farouk. A huge amount of building work is being carried out at Midan Ramesses train station and the tunnels of Mubarak Metro station below are a dust filled maze. It was nice to have some sun after our cold weather at home, but it was cool enough in the evening to need a fleece. It’s good to be back!
View of the Nile running around the west side of Zamalek. Taken from the 6th October looking south with the Cairo Tower to the left
View of the Nile running around the west side of Zamalek with the EES Office in the British Council behind the trees on the left. Taken from the 6th October looking north
Thursday 20th Jan
I took a taxi out to the Map office (just north of the zoo) to enquire about requirements to buy maps in the future. A walk through Doqqi took me to the former Palace of Princess Fatima where 5 or 6 museums are found in the palace grounds relating to the flora and fauna of Egypt and the region as well as a Cotton Museum and the Agricultural Museum. I arrived shortly before closing at 13.35, but the brief visit has certainly wet my appetite to return. If you have done everything there is to do in Cairo, but haven’t been to these museums – take a look next time you’re here. The walk back along 6th October Midan Tahrir took in the Nile running around Zamalek. The sky was clearer today and the sun that little bit warmer. The train leaves at 10 pm.
Traffic on the 6th October Bridge with the Cairo Ritz-Carlton (formerly the Cairo Hilton) in the background. The orange-red tinge to the right of the bus is the roof of the Cairo Museum
Pleasure boats on the Nile with the Cairo Museum in the background