After some hard bargaining, we paid about double what we should have for an old brass lamp. We'll let you know how that turns out for us.
We went early in the day to avoid the heat, so many of the stalls weren't open. A lot of the merchandise was touristy brick a brack. But you could still imagine the old medieval markets with the camel stalls and fountained courtyards.
While trying to find a way out, we stumbled accidentally back in time.
We didn't know where we were but we decided to explore.
Later our research suggested that we'd visited the mausoleum and madrassa of Qalawun, a turkish slave from the 12th century who rose to become sultan. Evidently he was a fierce opponent of the crusaders. One guidebook said his mausoleum is second only to the taj mahal.
After that we went to Al Azhar park, a new green space in the center of Cairo. Ostensibly it was built to give average citizens a place to go-- like a central park. There is a small fee to cut down on crowds which was working very effectively the day we were there.
We stopped at a the central restaurant for lunch with a view.
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