It was interesting to see the other side during Pesach. I did look out for jews in the hieroglyphics - But we couldn't see any reference to the Pesach story. So I'll have to look into that-let me know if you have any info.
We did feel a bit of tension - There were rumors of protests around main Mosques and Tahrir Square (next to the Egyptian Museum) on the Friday after lunchtime prayers. And yes, we were mad enough to got to the Egyptian Museum on the Friday. There were loads of tanks parked up next to the museum in preparation, and no, we did not mention we were jewish to anyone! But we had an english speaking guide and driver for the day/week, who kept us out of trouble.
We visited the Pyramids in Giza on horseback and by camel-which the kids adored-even Alfie was riding solo, without being led. Unfortunately he didn't know his right from left when trying to direct him-quite funny. Patch went everywhere. (he's had a few washes in hand sanitiser)
Cairo is enormous, we stayed in Giza at a beautiful but empty hotel. The environs outside were rather rundown-and there was litter everywhere. And Cairo is so big and congested that is took a while to get anywhere. On the first couple of days we had our friendly English speaking and expensive driver (useful on the Friday when there was tension) . After that we took the local transport around-buses, the metro and micro buses (clapped out vw campers with the doors open) which was much more fun. -but we had the luxury of being able to hop in a taxi when we had too much.
All the women I saw were covered up. So I felt like I had to dress fairly modestly, although you still couldn't get me in trousers. How they wear jeans and cardigans, sweaters and even coats is beyond me - the temperature was lovely for us - probably 28 degrees. I forgot my costume so had to buy one. That was quite an experience. Standard female swimming garb is a 3 piece lycra suit consisting of leggings longsleeve polo neck body, and tunic, or with built in head cover. I got something far more immodest, kind of a swimsuit with skirt and inbuilt cycling shorts. The pool was a bit cold for me-so it only came out once!
It does make you appreciate how lucky we are to live in the first world in a democracy, where we have choice and freedom. I hope my children can appreciate it too.
It was a bloody long day coming back yesterday. We woke at 3.30am to catch the 6.45 flight home via Paris to get home for 7pm. Unfortunately I spent the evening with hedrin and the nit comb on all of us. I think we must have taken them away with us, so we can't blame the Egyptians for that!