Please move....This Train is for Men Only......

Trip Start Apr 29, 2009
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Trip End May 11, 2009


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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Our Last day in Cairo we started out at the Egyptian Museum, and there was three security passes just to get inside. This famous museum is home to the largest collection of Items from King Tut, and was definitely the highlight of our visit that day. We not only saw the three Mummy Coffins that he was buried in , but all the items, that were found in his Tomb in the large discovery in 1922.  They had his bed he slept in, some of his clothes, alot of his Jewels, and even his chariot. I was happy to hear that his actually mummy was left in the tomb were he buried and discovered....it seemed very wrong for them to disturb him and take all this things and display them so people like me can go and look at all his precious things, so its nice that he was left to hopefully rest in peace.
After we were off to Coptic Cairo, which is really Christian Cairo, since it has many Catholic churches and history dating back to the time of Christ. Mo and I were going to take the subway....we are so local! We were the ONLY tourists down there, and it only cost about 20 cents. We were standing on the platform, very proud that we were in the right place, and as the first train approached, we stepped up to board the train. We did not notice that we were the only women standing in that particular spot, and as we were about to board we had our first taste of segregation, " This train is for Men Only" we were told but some men entering the train and we were directed to a few cars down of Women only cars. So we missed the first train and went down to a spot on the platform that was written in Arabic, For Women. They all smiled at us, almost all of them in Vail's, and Mo and I with our best version of respected clothing, waiting our turn to board the next train, and get in the cars just for women. That was quite the experience. Because of the trains being crowded, the men are not allowed to touch the women, so they get their own cars.
We arrived at Coptic Cairo and went to visit the Church of St.George where as history states, Mary and Joseph and Baby Jesus sought refuge in the basement of that church for sometime and now is known for a place of worship and many followers come for a visit of blessing at the alter below the church in the small room where they hid for some time. We went down there as well, and saw many Christians kissing the floor and wall, and placing notes with prayers in the wall. There is also a place where you can take a drink from the well where they drank. This was now converted into a sink, and you can take a cup or fill up your water bottle with blessed water...How wonderful! My water bottle was empty...why not get a little holy water, who couldn't use some extra blessing, considering the last time I had been to mass is when I was in Rome a couple years ago at St Peters church with my daughter....well, for those of you who know me, and that face I make when I taste something I don't like....I have to say...that Holy water tasted like its been in the well since the time of Christ. I couldn't even bring myself to swallow it, even if I had the chance of internal life. I took one swig, and had to spit it out ( after making the face and cracking Mo up of course) Is that wrong? Mo wasn't brave enough to even try it, and she goes to church every Sunday, so I feel that I got some points for the thought of trying...)
We ended the evening with an amazing Felucca Boat ride on the Nile. For about $10 ( including tip!) we had our own private sailboat ride on the Nile....it was just getting dark, and it was a beautiful night. I do the most romantic things with my friends ! We brought a picnic, and the boat had cushions and we even had our driver send our for beers for us, which killed 20 minutes of our hour cruise waiting for them, and they were warm, but our boat captain was so nice, and took some pictures for us while we floated with out the sail waiting for his friend in another boat to come back with them. The sail was wonderful, and highly recommended if you ever make it to Cairo! The Ali Baba ( the boat dock) was across from the Four Seasons, so we had to go into the lobby for a look. It was the first Internationl hotel that I have been into that I have had to clear security and a metal detector. Because of the recent bombings, and all that is going on in the world, they are not taking any chances, and that makes us feel very safe. The hotel was beautiful, and we even saw our fist Sheik Prince in the Lobby.
Tomorrow....off to Dehab...
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worldtravler79
worldtravler79 on

Beth's gross out face
haha! I know that face! You couldn't even do it for our Holy Father, I don't know if we can be friends any more! I laughed out loud thinking of that face....you are so cute! the boat sounds amazing!! And women only trains...wow!

elizacass
elizacass on

Re: Beth's gross out face
That was for you Sara! I know you know that face! There are so many Kitties here, and they would just love you because you would give and feed them everytime...I told them all about you :) Thinking of you!

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