Cairo | The Nile


cairo, egypt, nile, waterfront, cornicheZamalek and the Nile.One thing everyone told me I had to do in Cairo was go sailing on the Nile. Well, I didn’t do that. I tried, but the only option available at the time — on our last night in Cairo — was a motorized boat outfitted with neon lights and a loud sound system, perfect for blasting Arabic dance music. Same thing, right?cairo, egypt, nile, waterfront, corniche, boatParty boat: It’s almost like sailing the Nile?The above boat is actually not the one we were on, but I wanted to share perspective of what it looks like from the shore. In reality, there were only three of us, it was about 5:30 p.m., and we didn’t have a cooler of drinks or anything to really make it a party boat. (The person steering the boat provided the Arabic dance music.)cairo, egypt, nile, waterfront, corniche, boatOur boat.What we intended to do was rent a felucca boat, a traditional sail boat used on the Nile and in the Mediterranean. Apparently all the felucca owners were not available at the dock we happened to select.cairo, egypt, nile, waterfront, cornicheNo matter. We were still able to enjoy a nice late-afternoon stroll on the corniche along the Nile, after our visit to the Egyptian Museum. And we only had to make a couple mad dashes across the street through downtown-Cairo traffic.cairo, egypt, nile, waterfront, cornicheIt was worth it, don’t you think? When I think about all the beautiful places I’ve watched the sunset (and sunrise), I feel incredibly lucky.Have you ever been sailing?

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

2 thoughts on “Cairo | The Nile

  1. I loved my weekend glimpse into Cairo and agree that it is worth it. So glad I went and I hope one day to go back. That neon lit party boat looks, um…tempting, but I think that the Nile on a traditional felucca would be so awesome! (We did a dinner theater kind of boat ride, but you could escape along the bow and just watch the city floating by under the moonlight when it got too much.)


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