Dazzled with Antiquities and Architecture
Last Spring (2009), I traveled to Cairo, Egypt with a group of teachers from New England on a trip organized by Paul Beran, the Director of Harvard;s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. We gathered several times in Boston to prepare for our trip, and just after the volcano in Iceland erupted standing thousands of travelers, Paul worked miracles and we were able to get a different flight avoiding the European hubs which were shut down. We spent a week in Cairo, a thriving, teeming city which several months later began the "Arab Spring." We visited the pyramids and, of course, the Egyptian Museum. Both places we breath-taking. The pyramids for the sheer immensity and power of the monuments, and the Egyptian Museum for the precious antiquities and the fabulously golden treasures of King Tut. We visited Coptic Cairo and enjoyed the new museum and the ancient churches/synagogues. No visit to Cairo is complete without a tour of Old Cairo with its beautiful mosques and myriad vendors. My eyes ached after this day of splendors.