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Posts from the ‘Cairo Storyboard’ Category

Sheltered

In the chaos of the traffic, the noise and fuel pollution, the crowds and the aggression of a megacity, there has to be a way to take shelter.

In Cairo, where to go to find peace, calm and a space to collect your Self?

Melia azedarach El-azhar 10.18My favourite retreat is into El-Azhar Park, a “green lung” on a rise to the east of the city, between the densely populated streets of Darb El-Ahmar and the Moqattam Hills where limestone was quarried by the pyramid builders thousands of years ago. Read more

The Manicured and the Free

Two walks downtown, two contrasting gardens – each one remarkable in its own way. I have no preference.  Every garden has its points of interest, “wow” factor(s) and features that provoke an “I don’t think I’d put that there!” reaction. Always food for thought – and ideas to take home.

The gardens of Manyal Palace (above left) on Rawdah Island form a park of rambling greenery. It’s a haven of peace among the manic traffic and pollution of a super-crowded corner of the city. By contrast, El-Andalus Garden (above right) near the Tahrir Bridge is neatly laid out with terracing, severely clipped trees, and architectural elements drawn from southern Spain. Read more

Off-Piste

Taking the air in Maadi

Tuesday: Time for a day out from the Jasmine Garden, and a chance a) to learn about the fascinating art and science of aromatherapy, and b) to wander along the tree-lined streets of Maadi, admiring other people’s gardens – always fun – and checking out the local nurseries.

 

Between the trees Maadi 9.18 Read more