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Old May 16th, 2009, 02:15 AM   #1
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Do you think Cairo is ugly ?

I dont think so... everything has its beauty but not everybody sees it
In my opinion, an eyewatering ugly city is Tripoli "next door", in Libya where I lived for almost 3 years... brown grey and boring

I wish I had piles of photos to show you how beautiful Cairo is I should have since I have been many times but I dont.. I have just a few ..



Cairo is beautiful
My camera doesnt lie




Gezira island
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Zamalek... with the Al Borg, Cairo Tower, piercing the skyline



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This was after a heavy burst of rain

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Grand Hyatt Cairo on Rhoda island on a gorgeous clear winters morning
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The Nut seller


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Sufi dance ..raqs ash-sharqi
members of a local Sufi sect play traditional instruments such as various drums, cymbals, and flutes. The show also showcases dancing by whirling dervishes. The whirling dervish is said to have originated in Turkey, but is a common practice among Sufis. The dervishes twirl in circles wearing brightly colored and patterned skirts, that when spun produce hypnotic patterns. The dervishes will spin for 45 minutes continuously, varying their pace to match the music, then stop and be completely fine. The dervishes are the highlight of the show, but the enchanting music and beautiful singing do not disappoint.



You are sitting in an atmospheric open court yard, the surrounding building used to be an inn 500 years ago the Wikala El-Ghuriya:



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On my way to Fayoum ....the local school bus
when I returned in the evening I looked back through the car window and saw the most beautiful biblical scene of a sunset lighting up the palms which stood like silent sentinels next to the green shimmering fields

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The view over the Nile was incredible, early in the morning the mist hung silent and thickly, like a blanket ,then the sun would burn it off, boats would scoot from here to there Then come evening, the river became studded with twinkling jewels, the sound of music and laughter from the passing dinner boats, a stream of never ending traffic, the beeping of car horns, will be forever engraved on my mind...
Cairo, there is no place like it





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Notice the little boats under the bridge
These river people live on those boats on the river Nile endlessly casting their nets not catching that much ...whole families kids animals ..., they fish for a living ... as they will tell you "Honest men are always poor." ..they were hiding from the rain



I always feel so sad when I leave Cairo
On this evening I was packing my case...my heart was heavy ... it rained and when I walked out on the balcony this is what I saw




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The traffic is heavy at the best of times but now Kobri Galeaa was totally congested

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What an amazing sight !
Is that beautiful of not ?








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You ...who says Cairo is ugly .. look for it and you will find the beauty of Cairo
Its everywhere
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Old May 16th, 2009, 02:26 AM   #2
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For me, the best cities are not necessarily the most beautiful cities, but the ones with the best atmosphere, the best streetlife, the ones with a million different stories to tell and while there are many cities that are more beautiful than Cairo, I would very much like to go there because it looks like a fascinating place..........and remember, beauty is only skin-deep!
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Old May 16th, 2009, 02:43 AM   #3
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I so agree with you Mark but its also true that people seem to either love it or hate it
You go ....I envy you ...but scratch that skin you will be richly rewarded and dont only go to all the touristy places ..
I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world The Western Cape of South Africa and believe me I have seen a good chunk of this world yet I think Cairo is gorgeous I feel so alive I feel so happy when I am there but I guess I am lucky that my eyes are able to see that beauty
I hope you will too
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Old May 16th, 2009, 05:57 AM   #4
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For me, the best cities are not necessarily the most beautiful cities, but the ones with the best atmosphere, the best streetlife, the ones with a million different stories to tell and while there are many cities that are more beautiful than Cairo, I would very much like to go there because it looks like a fascinating place..........and remember, beauty is only skin-deep!
Spot on.

These are fantastic photos, FromJoanne, thank you for sharing!
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Old May 16th, 2009, 07:14 AM   #5
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i never thought the nile was so narrow...beautiful pictures! cheers
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Old May 16th, 2009, 07:50 AM   #6
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Nice pics, I really enjoyed this thread.

And no, I don't think Cairo is ugly.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 09:54 AM   #7
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But have you been to some other parts of Cairo? I've been to some of the poorer parts and all the buildings are brown and sandy. In fact most of the residential areas are brownish. But that isn't to say I think Cairo is ugly, because Cairo does have some beautiful parts (like in your pictures) and, even the brownish ones look nice in their own way.

Another Egyptian city I really like is Alexandria.

Great thread!
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Old May 16th, 2009, 11:34 AM   #8
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Thanks for thosev beautiful photos Cairo its a very nice city, and it is not ugly
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Old May 16th, 2009, 12:46 PM   #9
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Very beutiful pictures more beutiful than a thoughtnice man
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Old May 16th, 2009, 05:30 PM   #10
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Nope. The areas shown in this thread are nice!
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Old May 16th, 2009, 05:35 PM   #11
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Looks very nice for me!!
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Old May 16th, 2009, 09:07 PM   #12
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well, cairo is really not my cup of tea, but at least "tastes are different", so who cares
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Old May 17th, 2009, 09:04 AM   #13
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I can't tell just by looking at pictures. I have to see this city myself first!
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Old May 17th, 2009, 11:38 AM   #14
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Interesting!
I like Cairo
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i think the palm trees are beautiful. they are so much bigger than here in the U.S.!

I think some of the "beautiful" cities are beautifully boring.
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Old May 18th, 2009, 12:31 AM   #16
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Thanks guys for your comments
I am glad to show you these few photos
Its a unique city certainly not everybodies cup of tea but if you are open to it you will find it an hauntingly beautiful city
there is a saying that once you have drunk the water of the Nile you will always return and I did






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i never thought the nile was so narrow...beautiful pictures! cheers

Nope The Nile is not that narrow
There are islands in the Nile thats what you were seeing in my photos

to show you what I mean here is an areal shot of Cairo with Gezira
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But have you been to some other parts of Cairo? I've been to some of the poorer parts and all the buildings are brown and sandy. In fact most of the residential areas are brownish. But that isn't to say I think Cairo is ugly, because Cairo does have some beautiful parts (like in your pictures) and, even the brownish ones look nice in their own way.

Another Egyptian city I really like is Alexandria.

Great thread!
The short answer is Two of my best friends are Egyptian I am always with one of them when in Cairo

This 19 year old girl was willing to pose for me inside one of those brown houses

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In another house I met this mother and child
this photo is now published in Egyptian school books
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Dont forget that cairo is one of the most populous cities in the world with about 65 million people its a cliche often used but Cairo is a melting pot, its almost like you can find the whole world there together, the West,the Far East, the Orient, Africa, modern times, ancient times, ugliness/ beauty, dirt poor, obscenely rich people Thats what makes it so fascinating
All live side by side, there are areas where the people live exactly like people used to live hundreds of years ago
and there are highly sophisticated,high class areas like for example Katameya Heights or parts of Heliopolis Gezira etc etc

There is beautiful architecture new and old but also kitsch, decadence , ugly mud huts and acres of grey unpainted apartment buildings
but then there is the Nile ... which has its own unique beauty
All are... what is... Cairo

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i think the palm trees are beautiful. they are so much bigger than here in the U.S.!

I think some of the "beautiful" cities are beautifully boring
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I couldn't agree more I lived for example in Sussex which is a beautifl part of the UK but I thought I had died of boredom
I didnt notice that the palms are smaller in Orlando I do love the tropical smell there after rain ...
The palms in Egypt are beautiful and huge probably because of the fertile soil around the Nile I tell you I have never eaten such tasty delicious fruit and vegetables as the ones from El Fayoum A city about an hours drive out of Cairo

As I said I have hardly any photos from Egypt I dont feel like a tourist but I scraped the barrel for you and found a couple of palm pix
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Old May 18th, 2009, 01:42 AM   #18
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Beautiful! I love this part of Cairo, but it's not very similar to other parts of the city
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Old May 18th, 2009, 01:58 AM   #19
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I couldn't agree more I lived for example in Sussex which is a beautifl part of the UK but I thought I had died of boredom
You should have gone out in crazy Brighton! ;-)
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Old May 18th, 2009, 03:56 AM   #20
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Interesting!
I like Cairo, but I dont think beuatiful

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