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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Getting Oriented in Cairo

Here are a couple of maps borrowed from Google that show the areas of Cairo where we visit.

This first one will give you an ideal of the size of the city.  That red line is the Twin Cities 494-694 loop drawn to the same scale and placed on Cairo and suburbs.  Cairo proper is said to have about six million residents with the total metropolitan population figure usually given some number from 16 million to 25 million.  THis map is centered on the downtown area with the pyramids lying just about on the red line at the lower left.  Those "suburban" areas out in the desert are 6th of October City and New Cairo.

Here's a closer view that shows the areas we frequent.

The left circle shows the pyramids, about two miles away from us and the right circle shows the downtown area about four or five miles to our northeast.  That red line is Pyramids Road, one of the most heavily traveled streets in the area.

The downtown area is the location of most high-end tourist hotels, such as the Hilton, Sheraton and Marriott.  Shopping areas, government buildings and the Opera House are found there.

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