Hiking in the Cinque Terre

Friday, April 9, 2010

Cairo, Egypt

Just recently I reconnected with Cathy DeGaytan via Facebook. Cathy and her husband Mark were two of Kade's ESL teachers at the English Language Institute in Tuscaloosa, AL some 6 years ago. We lost touch at some point, and time just flew by. Thanks to a bit of reminiscing and thanks to Facebook's search feature, I keyed in Cathy's name...and viola...there she was! One of my first discoveries during our "catching up" phase was learning that she and Mark spent a considerable amount of time teaching English in Cairo. I just had to get my hand on some photos!

Mark and Cathy Degaytan. The Great Sand Sea (the Sahara Desert).

Click this map of Africa once to enlarge. See how quickly you can locate Egypt.

The Sphinx and the pyramid of Khafre, the second largest pyramid of Giza.

The step pyramid of Saqqara, the oldest stone monument.

A view of Cairo from the highest point of Al-Azhar Park, the only bit of green in the city. The park had been a huge garbage dump before it was transformed into a park.

The Citadel, a fortress with three mosques and several palaces.

Al-Azhar Mosque.

The Khan Al-Khalili, the grand souq (bazaar) with archways dating to the 14th century.

The Khan.

A neighborhood in downtown Cairo. Mark just blends in.

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