Tag Archives: Cairo

Al Azhar Park – IV

Another photo essay form this Cairo landmark today, this time focusing on one of the park restaurants. It was early in the day when I was there, the place wasn’t open for diners yet. But you can see both the building and the location are spectacular. I’m told the food is pretty good too.

Al Azhar Park – III

We continue our wander through this green space in downtown Cairo. A nice place to go to get away form the hectic pace of the city.

Al Azhar Park – II

Let’s take some time out from the busyness of a Thursday and drink in this Cairo park together.

Al Azhar Park – I

It’s a bit of green in the heart of Cairo, a city with little parkland. It is also, I suspect, a political statement. Al Azhar Park was developed with a $30 million grant from the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims. His family has long-standing ties to Cairo. Almost 40 years ago, on […]

More Petrified Forest

If a picture is worth a thousand words, today’s post is a novella. Or at least a long story. These pictures were all taken at the Petrified Forest in Cairo (as were yesterday’s). If you are ever in the area, I think it is worth the visit.


Certainly there’s no chance of not being able to see the forest for the trees. There are no trees in this forest. But there used to be, which is why the Petrified Forest is a protected area in a Cairo suburb. It is a place few tourists know about, few Egyptians also. If you want […]

The Cats of Cairo

There are 15 million people living in Cairo. At times it seems as if they are outnumbered by the cats you see everywhere you go. The ancient Egyptians worshipped cats. I don’t think they do anymore, but cats do seem to have the run of the city – you see them everywhere in Cairo. My […]

On The Banks

There must be hundreds of restaurants in Cairo situated on the banks of the Nile River. Actually, I can’t be sure of the number given that I didn’t walk the whole route. I’m extrapolating form the few kilometres I did walk, in which there were dozens of places to eat, from high end establishments catering […]

The Palace V – The Artists

I’m not sure I noticed them when I was going into Baron Empain’s palace, but I couldn’t help noticing them from the roof. There were so many of them. Maybe it was a class. Maybe a flash mob of sorts. Maybe it was coincidence. From the rooftop I could see about fifty artists, each drawing […]

The Palace IV – The View

There are iconic scenes that immediately identify a city. You see a picture of the CN Tower and your mind says “Toronto,” as the Golden Gate bridge immediately references San Francisco or the Eiffel tower reminds you that this is Paris. I’m not sure what building or buildings tells you that you are in Cairo. […]