A big item on my Bucket list was the Pyramids. Kathryn and Carlo traveled with us and were a great asset traveling in Egypt. Since Carlo is in mergers and acquisitions we designated him as our negotiator to obtain a taxi. As we exited the terminal at least 15 drivers came at us offering to take us anywhere. Carlo ask how much. In Cairo, a city of 20,000,000 people, you negotiate everything. They wanted 200 Egyptian Pounds. Carlo was quick to point out the sign at the exit of the terminal stated taxi fare to Cairo was 40 Egyptian Pounds. The drivers immediately argued their case citing our numbers, baggage, and the fee to exit the airport. Carlo continued negotiations until all the drivers turned and started to walk away. Carlo said they had formed a coalition against us. John said lets go back to the terminal. As we turned to walk away an older driver offered his services for 100 pounds. Considering the exchange rate we accepted.
Cairo was very polluted and crowded. It was a huge step back in time. The three lane streets in each direction were crammed with cars 5 abreast, all honking and squeezing forward. The lane lines meant nothing. Our hotel room had a great view of the Nile River. We spent 2 days and saw only a few of the marvels.
The Citadel was home to Egypt's rulers for almost 700 years. It was founded in 1176. We also visited the Mosque. It is still in use today. We toured the ancient walls and large interior with the prayer rugs covering the floors.