Saturday, December 28, 2019
And here we are, back in Cairo. We flew back this afternoon from Aswan, after a morning spent packing and clearing out of our room on the riverboat. Goodbye, Esmeralda!
The only decent pictures I took today are night shots -- so once again, you're seeing the glowing nocturnal metropolis. Our hotel, the Kempinski Nile, is to the right on the opposite riverbank in the photo above, the one with the big white sign along the roof. The photo was taken from the top of Cairo Tower, apparently known locally as "Nasser's Pineapple."
It does look kind of pineapple-ish at the top.
The tower was built starting in 1956, and it has a fantastic tile mosaic on the ground floor depicting various scenes from Egyptian life. And at the top -- a rotating restaurant! When I found that out, I knew we had to go. Our tour guide made reservations for us and even arranged our transportation.
Here's the inside of the rotating restaurant, all decorated for the holidays. The web site says it takes 45 minutes to complete a circle, but we timed it, and it's more like 30. As Dave said, "It's a spin cycle!" It honestly doesn't seem fast, but the rotating mechanism sounds a bit creaky.
And look -- from the viewing deck above the restaurant, our first view of...
That's where we'll be going today, along with several other sites on a whirlwind tour of Cairo.
I haven't had a chance to answer your comments on my previous posts, but I will do so when I get back to London on Sunday. Sorry for the wait! I am reading all your comments and I appreciate your sticking with me during this crazy jaunt!