Are you ready to see a different side of Egypt?
Being the second time visiting this Middle Eastern jewel gave us the chance to look at it with a different set of eyes. Yes, the pyramids are mesmerizing, but having seen them before, we could look beyond their majesty and take in the atmosphere around us. Instead of gazing out over Cairo, we could take in the polished marble of an abandoned mosque. The library of Alexandria is filled with one of the greatest collections of literature on earth but it is the modern architecture that is so striking. Students hang out in the complex and ponder the challenges of Egypt's future while we snap shots of its striking design.
Egypt is filled with ancient monuments, but it is walking along the streets and meeting the people that is magical. Egyptians are right up there as some of the friendliest people on earth. As we walked through the streets we were invited into establishments for tea and people greeted us with welcoming smiles. Children approached us to ask where we were from and everyone asked us to take their photograph.
It is a country close to our hearts as the starting point of this great travel journey that we've been on for the past few years and it brought back fond memories walking through its ancient passageways. We didn't have enough time to truly immerse ourselves in this culture, but we will definitely be back.
For now, enjoy these photos of a different side of Egypt.
Our trip through Egypt was courtesy of Memphis Tours.