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  Welcome to your introduction to Egypt  
Egypt has long held a mythical attraction to visitors from all over the world, it's history and plethora of artefacts relating to a different era hold a fascination to many. As you arrive in Egypt you will more than likely be stepping off your plane straight into the hustle and bustle of the fascinating city of Cairo. Cairo is known by various monikers - the Jewel of the Orient, the city of a thousand Minarets and the Melting pot of ancient and modern Egyptian civilisations are just a few. This city will engulf your entire visit should you let it with the Antiquities museum where King Tut's earthly goods are stored, the huge Citadel, the various bazaars of which Khan Al-Khalili is a must see and of course the Saqqara Pyramids at Giza, just outside the city. Cairo fits the description of a city with millions of inhabitants; it is noisy, busy, polluted and intriguing all at the same time. For some it can take some time to acclimatise to the unabashed chaos you will have stepped into. Leave the driving to the taxi drivers, who will try to to rip you off and don't be put off by the fact that the car would not pass a basic safety/road test in most other countries. Alternatively hire a driver and car for your stay. Unless you wish to take your life in your own hands, driving yourself is NOT recommended.


    Courtyard by Marriott Gatwick

 Although Cairo offers a multitude of ways to spend a day, from exploring the old Islamic city to sitting in a cafe, sipping tea and smoking Shisha, when planning a visit to Egypt you must try and make time for (amongst others) the likes of Alexandria, Luxor, Giza and Sharm El Sheikh for the divers amongst you, in order to truly experience Egypt.

Thank you for  visiting our site, I am sure that you will be able to find everything you might need in order to research and plan a trip to the country that is effectively a huge World Heritage Site. Click around and explore Egypt before you get there. Wherever you are travelling, don't forget a camera, as the pictures are your memories for a lifetime.



A day in the life of Ancient Egypt

Most ancient Egyptians were farmers tied to the land. Their dwellings were restricted to immediate family members, and were constructed of mud-brick designed to remain cool in the heat of the day. Each home had a kitchen with an open roof, which contained a grindstone for milling flour and a small oven for baking bread. Walls were painted white and could be covered with dyed linen wall hangings. Floors were covered with reed mats, while wooden stools, beds raised from the floor and individual tables comprised the furniture.

The ancient Egyptians placed a great value on hygiene and appearance. Most bathed in the Nile and used a pasty soap made from animal fat and chalk. Men shaved their entire bodies for cleanliness, and aromatic perfumes and ointments covered bad odours and soothed skin. Clothing was made from simple linen sheets that were bleached white, and both men and women of the upper classes wore wigs, jewellery, and cosmetics. Children went without clothing until maturity, at about age 12, and at this age males were circumcised and had their heads shaved. Mothers were responsible for taking care of the children, while the father provided the family's income.

The staple diet consisted of bread and beer, supplemented with vegetables such as onions and garlic, and fruit such as dates and figs. Wine and meat were enjoyed by all on feast days while the upper classes indulged on a more regular basis. Fish, meat, and fowl could be salted or dried, and could be cooked in stews or roasted on a grill. Music and dance were popular entertainments for those who could afford them. Early instruments included flutes and harps, while instruments similar to trumpets, oboes, and pipes developed later and became popular. In the New Kingdom, the Egyptians played on bells, cymbals, tambourines, and drums and imported lutes and lyres from Asia. The sistrum was a rattle-like musical instrument that was especially important in religious ceremonies.

The ancient Egyptians enjoyed a variety of leisure activities, including games and music. Senet, a board game where pieces moved according to random chance, was particularly popular from the earliest times; another similar game was mehen, which had a circular gaming board. Juggling and ball games were popular with children, and wrestling is also documented in a tomb at Beni Hasan. The wealthy members of ancient Egyptian society enjoyed hunting and boating as well.

The excavation of the workers village of Deir el-Madinah has resulted in one of the most thoroughly documented accounts of community life in the ancient world that spans almost four hundred years. There is no comparable site in which the organisation, social interactions, working and living conditions of a community can be studied in such detail - adapted from Wikipedia                                   - Pack full of the best deals

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