We decided to relax at the hotel in the morning and have breakfast. Instead of a huge tour we chose to go and see the famous Khan al-Khalili market.
We arranged a local taxi to drive the 15 minutes through the crazy traffic. The local taxi drivers tend to drive more aggressively than the higher end cars. As we were driving the driver pulled out his phone and called an english speaking person to see if we had any plans to see some other sights around Cairo. We had already booked our tour with Emo Tours and had to decline his offer. The people and economy are suffering and they are desperate for work.
|Egyptian bread being baked|
|low grade cotton destined to be stuffed into mattress's|
|huge selection of burkas|
|bunnies waiting to be eaten.... sniff, sniff, sniff :(|
We followed our guide back to the main street and downstairs to take an underground walkway to the other side of the street (so glad we didn't have to test our road crossing skills, it would have been mayhem). We made our way to the jewellery shop, Pharaonic Works Gold & Silver. This was a really neat experience. We chose silver as the gold way pricey for the weight that we actually would have received. Paige, Shaun and I each chose to have our names in hieroglyphics and Jordan decided upon the cat goddess Bast. She did regret her decision as we were watching the jewellers adding our letters onto the cartouche. Paige decided that she wanted to buy herself and two friends the eye of Ra pendants. Our purchase made we headed back to grab a taxi and go back to the hotel. It was a great experience all round.
|throngs of people|
|fabric land, we weren't sure if we would get swallowed up into one of the shops|
|underground walkway saving our bacon from the traffic|
|jewellery sales guy and crew|
|firing to add letters|
|the finished product|
|our guide Mohammed|
|the trip back to the hotel|
Another great adventure!
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