Fire in Cairo

I arrived in Cairo yesterday and spent most of the day sleeping (the warm sun and arriving in Cairo at 4am put me in a hazy blue mood). Today I decided to dedicate my day to Coptic Cairo and the national museum.

We had breakfast at a kitsch little cafe in Zamalek, I was suddenly taken back to Paris, to the little cafe Milk in Montmartre. Auntie Lou Lou’s must be Cairo’s first kitsch anything. The cute interior with gingham lampshades and pots of plants were adorable. The little seven dwarfs-esq cottage at the back is a clever play with space. I had a caramel latte and a spiced apple and sultana crepe, a little early to be devouring a dollop of ice cream I know but it was fantastic. I would definitely recommend!

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Next stop Coptic Cairo

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These are my lovely new shoes from Lotta From Stockholm but I’ll discuss them in my next post when I talk about the tricky issue of what to wear in Cairo

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These last few were taken at my favourite all time place, the Hanging Church in Coptic Cairo, it’s just behind the Medieval Fort and the Coptic Museum. Nearest metro stop is Mariam Girgis.

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Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take photos at the national museum. Cairo isn’t the same place it was back in 2006 when I last visited Egypt, the tourist industry has taken a crash and considering it produced the largest percentage of industry income, I can see that the revolution has hit hard. Vendors and tour guides were desperate to grab tourist though apart from the Korean tour group, we appeared to be the only target.

Here’s something I was fascinated by, the old Democratic party building where Mubarak’s officials ran the country. The building was destroyed during the revolution. It stands next to the national museum and is what I believe a new form of national heritage and pride, it marks the start of change and hopefully the beginning of better things to come.

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