Citadel of Salah Al-Din.
A peek at the Mosque of Mohammed Ali.
Isn’t it pretty?!
Courtyard area of the Mosque of Mohammed Ali.
Another shot from the gorgeous courtyard.
Can I take this chandelier home though?
The domes in the ceiling of the interior of the mosque.
More prettiness inside the mosque.
Egyptian Museum of Antiquities.
One of the many sphinx statues we came across.
Statue of Queen Hatshepsut outside of the Museum of Antiquities.
Not sure who this guy was but I really liked his glasses!
Another look at the garden outside of the Museum of Antiquities.
Happy Tuesday friends! I returned to the U.S. from my amazing Egyptian adventure late on Friday night. I don’t remember ever having such bad jetlag from my previous international trips but the struggle has been real! I was having too much fun during our trip to find the time to write so I will be finishing all of my posts about Egypt this week. Keep checking back for more to come!
During the second day of our tour of the city of Cairo, we started our day by visiting the Citadel of Salah Al-Din. The Citadel grounds are so beautiful and house the even more striking Mosque of Mohammed Ali. We had the opportunity to remove our shoes (hence the socks that don’t match our outfits) and enter the mosque, which has outdoor and indoor sections, both of which were so stunning! Here we learned more about Muslim culture and prayer practices.
My favorite part of the day was next, with a trip to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. The photos above were taken in the garden at the museum, as we were not allowed to take cameras inside. To give you an idea of what the inside looks like, it is two stories tall with multiple rooms and over 120,000 artifacts! Needless to say, we only had time to see the highlights but I could have explored this place for hours! One of my favorite sections was of course the rooms chalked full of the jewelry of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs and queens. Talk about statement jewelry – I would have fit in well! The most amazing part of the museum was seeing all of the so perfectly preserved mummies. I was excited to see that some of the mummies of the queens had little midi rings still on their fingers. What trendsetters they were. One of the queens was even buried with her pet baboon – obviously a crucial critter to bring with you into the afterlife!
That concludes some of my favorite moments from Cairo. Still to come are our adventures in Luxor and Alexandria. Hope you all have a fabulous week!