Back in Cairo today and ready to see more of the city. I started out with the Abdeen palace where I got to see the history of weapon manufacturing. There was a mini machine gun the size of a child’s toy that shot real bullets, they had guns with 7 chambers and some pistols that held 36 bullets in a cylinder. There were walking canes that were also rifles, swords with pistols integrated, a belt gun, and even a suit of armor with 14 small cannons attached to it! This was my kind of museum 🙂
I also got to visit several mosques and the main park in Cairo called Al Azhar Park where I enjoyed a gourmet meal overlooking a lake and the entire city. Today was a good day!
I started the day with a typical breakfast for this area which included bread with butter and jelly, a hardboiled egg, and Egyptian tea.
Then I went to tour the city. I started off with Abdeen Palace, which was amazing. I had to walk around the entire thing to get to the entrance and boy was it a long walk! This place is huge. My favorite part was the armory because it had swords and firearms from many different cultures and timelines. I got to see the progression of the technology firsthand. It was funny to see some of the things that were made. There was a mini machine gun the size of a child’s toy that shot real bullets, they had guns with 7 chambers and some revolvers that held 36 bullets in a cylinder. There were walking canes that were also rifles, swords with pistols integrated, a belt gun, and even a suit of armor with 14 small cannons attached to it! This was my kind of museum 🙂
I then went to the Mosque of Ibn Tulun and wow! Just wow. This place was huge and amazing. I had to wait for one of the many Muslim prayers to be completed for the ticket guy to come back, but bought a ticket for $10 only to find out later that the ticket was for something completely different. Luckily the ticket turned out to be for a museum of an artist that I had never heard of and was in his old house. His name was Gayer Anderson and he was a doctor and artist amongst other things. He was super rich and basically had a museum in his house. Each room had a theme of a different country and was just amazing. There was even a secret room behind a bookcase for the women he had to hide. After I did the tour I went to the mosque I originally wanted to see. This was much less amazing as far as interesting stuff, but a must see nonetheless. Once I went in the people working there kept asking me for “big” money and got offended when I didn’t give it to them. Giant, amazing mosques are on practically every street here and are the size of castles. Maybe if the church put some of the money into the people they were supposed to be helping instead of building giant empty structures, the world would be a better place and people living on the street wouldn’t have to beg.
After this mosque, I went to go to the others, but after the 5th one they all started to blend together and I said fuck it. I still had 5 major mosques to see, but it’s much like the ruins I see, once you’ve seen so many you just don’t care to see more.
Next I went to Al Azhar park which was beautiful! Unfortunately Google maps took me the long way around which consisted of going through a cemetery and walking on the freeway. That was fun (sarcasm)! Once I made it to the park I went to the lakeside restaurant and had an amazing lunch with a beautiful view overlooking all the mosques. I decided it was game over after that, got back to the hostel and had some drinks with my friend Rafa while watching the Seville vs Barcelona soccer game.