It’s #traveltuesday!!! And today I would love to share what I loved most in visiting Egypt this past summer. It was definitely a must see place for me since forever. My parents took us when we were teeny weenie tots, but I don’t recall much of it (except of course the photos left as evidence)…This is why I needed to take this trip and see the country. So without further ado, here are the 5 places I enjoyed during my short trip to Egypt:
- The Pyramids (of course!!!!)
What is a trip to Egypt without seeing the pyramids?? It’s like having cheese cake without the cheese…just doesn’t make sense!!
OMGGG!! Let me tell you, when I saw the pyramids from far, I died a couple of times due to high levels of excitement (no joke). Well, they don’t need much of an introduction; we all know that the pyramids are a part of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The pyramids remain a mystery but they are mesmerizingly beautiful in person. Pictures don’t do them any justice.
- The Nile river
It is considered the longest river in the world as it is shared by 11 countries. Taking a boat ride on the Nile, at night, with girlfriends, is the best thing you can do in Egypt. It’s beautiful, it’s magical, and it’s epic…To share this with new acquaintances while watching the city gleam and glow and while listening to Arabic music is an absolute experience!! If you can do that, do not hesitate!
- Muhammad Ali Pasha Mosque
This beauty is situated on the summit of the citadel. It is an Ottoman mosque and is one of the largest to be built in the first half of the 19th century. This is one of the most visible mosques in Cairo. The inside of this mosque is just as beautiful as the outside. It’s very ornate and the detailing of the ceiling is remarkable.
- The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
I am a complete nerd when it comes to history and mummies. Whenever I get a chance to learn about a different civilization, culture or language, I go through a massive fan girl stage. The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities contains many important pieces of ancient Egyptian history. It houses the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities such as coffins, mummies, statues and figurines. It’s a HUGE museum…like seriously huge!!! I was slightly disappointed by the placement of things because it was a little overwhelming and confusing, but I was extremely excited to live the history of the Pharaohs.
Bonus: You get to see the mummy and the sarcophagus of king Tutankhamun!! EEEKKK!!!!
- Khan Al-Khalili
Last but definitely not least….what’s a vacation without some shopping?? That would be a complete disaster…well I am a bit of a drama queen, but seriously, shopping always rocks, especially when abroad. What I loved about Khan Al-Kahlili is the fact that you get to experience the true authentic meaning of old souks. The people, the commotion, the shops, the souvenirs…everything about this place made me love Egypt more. The Khan Al-Khalili is mainly a place occupied by merchants and shop holders. Shops typically sell souvenirs, antiques and jewellery. In addition to shops, there are several coffeehouses, restaurants and street food vendors. The coffee shops are generally small and quite traditional, serving Arabic coffee and usually offering shisha.
There are many more points that made me cherish my travels in Egypt and I will definitely keep these memories in my heart. I just hope this was informative and will make you guys want to visit Egypt with an open heart. With an open mind, you will absolutely have a great time and do not be afraid to take risks, as traveling is a great way to meet new people, experience goodness and rawness.
Cheers y’all and stay tuned for more travel stories xo