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Nov. 22, 2021

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Hello from Cairo!

Continuing from the previous post, Egypt was featured in the virtual tour section of Todaioh, which was broadcast on TBS on November 17, but I would like to introduce what has been cut due to time constraints.
You can watch it from here for a limited time (only from Japan)
https://tver.jp/corner/…

Egypt is currently building a new capital.
Roads and overpasses are being constructed not only in and around the monorail that connects to the new capital, but also in various places.
Among them, there is a road named after the Japanese.

Its name is Shinzo Abe Road.
Yes, it is named after former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
It is a connecting road that connects two large motorways, the Suez Road and the Ring Road, and although it does not lead to the new capital, it is quite a long distance away.

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Cairo

Nov. 22, 2021

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Have you seen Todaioh, which was broadcast on TBS on November 17th?
Egypt was featured in the virtual tour section!
You can watch it from here for a limited time (only from Japan)
https://tver.jp/corner/…

Due to time constraints, it was much shorter than originally planned, and there are many things I couldn't introduce, so I'll introduce them little by little here.

First of all, the World Heritage Alhusseini Mosque where the starting point was photographed.
Although I couldn't introduce it in the program, there is a big pillar like a horsetail in front of the mosque.
This is actually an umbrella.
Since it is a very famous mosque derived from the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, many people gather for worship on Fridays and the outside of the mosque is full of people.
At that time, the umbrella opens to protect the worshipers from the strong sunlight.

However, it seems that it is currently under repair, and it is not possible to enter the mosque itself, and the place where the umbrella is located also has a fence and cannot be entered.
Umbrellas are basically closed, so if you can see them open, you'll be lucky ♪

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EGYPT
Cairo

Nov. 15, 2021

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Muiz Street is lined with world heritage medieval Islamic architecture.
Especially the illuminated nights are beautiful and it is a very popular spot for Egyptians.

Recently, cafes have opened one after another on the rooftop of a building overlooking this street.
In Egypt, where it rains little, restaurants and cafes have many open spaces, but this location is special.

I tried to enter one place, but the location was a little bad and the view was not good.
There are many, so it would be nice to enter a cafe near the building you want to see.

Still, it was very pleasant to take a rest on the rooftop while being blown by the cool breeze.
Summer is tough, but winter is fine during the day. But after all evening-night is recommended.

However, Egyptians love loud music. It may not be suitable for people who want to spend their time quietly.

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Cairo

Nov. 15, 2021

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Muiz Street is lined with world heritage medieval Islamic architecture.
The building itself will not change, but new shops may be added.

What I saw in such a historic district was the famous fried chicken ... not DFC?

Actually, there is also a fried chicken shop called AFC in downtown near Taharir Square.

If you come on a trip, it might be interesting to find something unique to Egypt, isn't it? ??

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Cairo

Nov. 8, 2021

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There are many other fascinating places in Egypt besides the ancient ruins.
One of them is medieval Islamic architecture.
Hahn Hariri, a World Heritage Site popular with Egyptians, has been a market since the 14th century.

Hahn Hariri, whose alleys are intricate like a maze.
I made new discoveries no matter how many times I went, and yesterday I entered a cafe restaurant in a low-traffic alley.

The name is Umm Kulthum Cafe Restaurant.
Umm Kulthum is the name of an Egyptian singer who died in 1975 and is still very popular.
It is like Hibari Misora in Japan.

The interior of the cafe restaurant is very nice.
And everywhere there are paintings of Umm Kulthum as motifs.

It was an alley inside the very busy main street, so I was able to relax quietly.
There were drinks as well as light meals such as pizza and sandwiches, and the pizza was hot and delicious.

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Cairo

Nov. 8, 2021

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I revisited the Yemeni restaurant called Hadarmout, which I introduced earlier, and this time I had Turkish food.

I couldn't remember the name of the dish (sweat), but it's a dish with a strong impact that comes out with bone-in meat stuck in the jar.

This bone-in meat is very tender, and the meat will come off just by shaking it.

It's a mystery whether it's really Turkish food, but I think it's hard to eat in Japan.
It's popular with Egyptians who like meat dishes.

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Cairo

Nov. 1, 2021

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It's been a day late, but it's a Halloween topic.

There is no custom of doing anything on Halloween in Egypt, but in the last few years, shopping malls and other places have started to decorate Halloween.

The photo shows the display at the entrance of a mall called Point 90 in New Cairo.
The skeleton on the right side is quite real and scary ・ lol

Originally an Egyptian who likes photography.
Adults as well as small children were taking pictures together.

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Cairo

Oct. 25, 2021

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Cairo is a very good season now.
It's still hot in the daytime, but it's cool indoors and in the shade, and it gets chilly in the morning and evening with light clothing. In the city, some people wear short-sleeved T-shirts and some wear light sweaters, which is exactly the turn of the season.

This photo is the main street along the Nile where the Embassy of Japan in Egypt is located. It's usually very crowded, but the traffic was light because I took the picture on Friday afternoon (which is Sunday in Japan).

To the left of this is the Nile. There is a high-rise condominium on the right side, and the room overlooking the Nile seems to be quite expensive.

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Oct. 25, 2021

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If you are coming from Japan to Egypt, you do not need to be tested upon arrival in Egypt or quarantined after arrival if you have a PCR negative certificate within 96 hours of the scheduled departure time for your flight to Egypt.
* Except for some countries including Japan, it will be within 72 hours from the scheduled departure time of the flight to Egypt.
Please note that it depends on the place of departure.

Officially, in the case of departure from Japan, a QR code is not required for PCR negative certification, but there are cases where you could not enter Japan because you do not have a QR code.
Unfortunately, in Egypt, the official rules are not accurately communicated to the field staff, and the field staff may make the wrong decision.
To be on the safe side, we recommend that you have a PCR negative certificate with a QR code.

If you arrive directly from outside Egypt at any of the airports in Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh, Marsa Alam, or Taba, you will not need a PCR negative certificate if you take a PCR test at the time of arrival, but depending on the airline you are using, You may not be able to board without a PCR negative certificate, so please check with the airline in advance.

* Information on COVID-19 at the time of entry may change suddenly, so please check the latest information when traveling.

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Cairo

Oct. 18, 2021

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Is Japan the season for autumn leaves?
Egypt has a strong image of being hot, but it is not hot all year round, and it gets quite cold in winter.
It's still hot in the daytime and in the sun, but the wind is cool in the shade, and the mornings and evenings have become a very pleasant season.

Egypt is the best season for tourism.
The Pyramid area of Giza is also very crowded with tourists from all over the world.
Recently, there are many countries such as Spain, Brazil, and Russia. I think the flight from England will be resumed and it will be even more crowded.

The photo shows the Pyramid of Khafre and the Sphinx, which are the second largest in the world, not the largest Khufu in the world.
On the left is the Menkaurer Pyramid and three small pyramids next to it. This is a pyramid such as Menkaure's wife.

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Oct. 11, 2021

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The Egyptian Museum is located in Taharir Square, which became famous as the stage of the revolution when many young people gathered during the 2011 revolution.

Last year, an obelisk was brought in from the ruins of San El Hagar, making it a more symbolic place for Egypt.

The obelisk is about 19 meters high and weighs 90 tons.
It is about 3300 years old and was built during the time of Ramses II, who left the most buildings in ancient Egyptian history.

There is a lot of traffic around Taharir Square, and the underground is actually a huge underground parking lot.
There are only a few traffic lights, so be careful when crossing the road!

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Oct. 11, 2021

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There are many hotels in Cairo, the capital of Egypt, which is also a tourism-oriented country.
I went to High Tea at the Chocolate Lounge at the Kempinski Nile Hotel, one of the finest hotels in Cairo!

Afternoon tea and high tea are very popular in Japan, but they are still only available in some luxury hotels in Egypt. I also had it for the first time in Egypt.

For those who really like it ...
The cakes were very delicious! Many sandwiches are hard to find in Egypt, and it was very delicious for me living in Egypt.
Did you reheat the scones in the microwave? ?? It was a pity that it had become hard.

The price is 280 Egyptian pounds + service charge and VAT 26% (+ tip). (* As of September 2021)
It's very expensive considering the prices in Egypt, but it's about 2,500 yen in Japanese yen, so it's much cheaper than Japan as a high tea at a hotel.

Apart from the traditional high tea we ordered, there is also a menu called Oriental High Tea.
It seems that there are contents unique to Egypt such as Shishita Week, pita bread and hummus (hummus), dates (dry date palm) tart. If you are traveling from Japan, you may want to try this.

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