I am going to Egypt with my husband and adult daughters. We have a trip and cruise up the nile planned. Our last day is a free day in Cairo and we would like to purchase local items to remind us of the country do you have suggestion. What local foods should we try. We are open and adventurous and willing to try most food items. What about clothing any suggested purchases. What items are known to be good bargains and are there any specific items that egypt is known for Other than the spynx and pyramids? I have wanted to visit all of my life and the time is here finally. I don’t think I can afford to come back a second time so I have to make the most of this. I do have adequate spending money I think. Any helpful info welcome. Thanks for your time.

I am a US tourist going to Egypt. Whats good to buy? New to eat? Why does the Nile river run North?
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  • October 26, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    The best advice I can give you is buy a really good guide book before you go and do your homework it really helps.
    The river Nile runs down hill which happens to be north. All rivers seek out the lowest point until they reach sea level.
    Shopping in Luxor maybe easier than Cairo, though the Khan el Khalili (medieval shopping area in Cairo) should be visited if you have time. Papyrus, leather goods and cotton obviously, e.g. sheets, towels, table clothes etc. are all good buys. You will find numerous market stalls outside every temple on your cruise. Where you can bargain and do bargain take it down to at least half price if not lower. There you can buy statuettes alabaster, and other souvenirs. Local food can be bought in many restaurants, try kofta; I like that but there are many other foods and most are delicious. There are a number of tourist restaurants in Luxor that sell Egyptian food and are run by both locals and English/ European management.
    If you want to try something a little different take a local taxi out to the valley of the nobles and go and see a group of the tombs. The tickets you buy at the ticket office gives you admittance to 2 or 3 tombs. This valley is rarely on the cruise itinery. but the paintings are amazing and well worth seeing, far better than the Valley of the Kings etc. Also if you have time take a taxi to the tourist bazaar at the back of Luxor temple in Luxor if you don’t get cross with the hassle (and it can be a pain,) its great fun.
    As for clothes there will almost certainly be a gallabeya party on your cruise where you will all be expected to dress up in traditional Egyptian clothes its fun so you will almost certainly buy one anyway.
    Take with you; a good stomach medicine such as imodium clinical name Loperamide. And wash your hands frequently. A very high factor sun cream it will be very hot.
    Loose cotton clothes and a sun hat, your guide book. Always carry Small packets of tissues and wet wipes. Drink lots of bottles water. And have fun. Any thing else please e mail.

  • October 26, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Well all rivers run down hill, north/south make no difference….sooo the nile starts up in the mountains, and runs ‘down’ to the med sea…..go to khan khalili and bargain for whatever uwant. Also dont pass up the citadel.

  • October 26, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    First, welcome to Egypt and hope you enjoy your time.
    The local items you can buy most of them at khan el khalili shops like a statues or a post cards and take some pictures at the places that you visit with you family, you can bargain and negotiate as you like.
    The local food you can eat is Koshary, Fool (beans), Flafel, Molokhiya and Mombar, you can also and your husband try smoking sheisha on the cafe if you like smoking.
    There is a lot of places to visit not only he Pyramids or Sphinx, you can visit Cairo tower or the Egyptian museum or the historical castles like Salah El Deen castle or make a trip at night by the ferry at Nile river or go to the malls for shopping.

    Welcome again and have a nice time.

  • October 26, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Local items are kaftans, these are long straight clothes for men and women. Scarabs, key of life, eye of Horus, these are amulets for good luck. They can be on papyrus , silver, T shirts etc. By the way Egyptian cotton is world famous, so T shirts, pants or skirts are popular too. Many tourists like to buy semi precious stones.
    The local foods that are attractive to many are falafel, shish kabab, stuffed or grilled pigeons.

  • October 26, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    As balsam said egyptian cotton is one of the most popular across the world (my grandma always brings back loads of clothes when she comes back from Egypt).

    Egypt is also one of the world’s leading producer of dates and melons.Then there’s the absolutely beautiful Ful (pronounce fool) Medames which is broad beans cooked with olive oil, garlic, onion and spices- it’s said to be a dish that is as old as the Pyramids. This is often served with hard-boiled eggs, lemon and unleavened bread. Food is often accompanied by sweet tea or coffee.

    If you want to go exploring why not see the Pyramids or the tombs in the Valley of the Kings or Queens. There’s also the Temple of Luxor and Karnak.

    Cairo is an absolute must- Egypt’s ancient capital is the largest city in Africa but it’s packed really tightly with all the narrow streets heaving with bustling bazaars so be really careful you don’t get lost.

    Try and visit the farmlands and the Sahara-it’s the tiniest amount of money to go in a land rover and have and an experienced desert runner (i think that’s what they call them)
    drive you across the sand dunes. It’s soooo fun! Nature’s very own rollercoaster! The farmlands and the Nile are just beautiful and it’s so peaceful.

    Make sure you have loads of suncream though and bring hats and loose clothes and sandals coz it’s blooming hot. I want to go there so much it’s so boring in rainy old England- and I’ve got SAT’s coming up =(

    Sorry this was such a long answer but i hope it helps anyway.
    Have a really good time and enjoy yourself.

  • October 26, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    River run in whichever direction gives the least resistance and the run DOWN towards seas and oceans and lakes that they empty into.

    It’s not a directional thing. Rivers run in all directions. They run DOWN from mountains where they start, towards the sea.

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