Sidewalk cafe

Sidewalk cafe
Church advertising
Image by Ed Yourdon
Back to Cairo – Dec 27, 2008 – 03

This was one of the simpler establishments on this particular street; I’m not sure whether it should be called a cafe, a deli, or just a neighborhood soda shop. In any case, it was advertising "big water" (aka "agua grande") and "can cola"; and the old woman in the chair was doing her best to attract the attention of anyone who wandered past her…

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After nearly two weeks of visiting pyramids, tombs, temples, and museums — as well as cruising from Aswan to Luxor and Qena — we returned to Cairo for a final two days of our trip. We visited an old mosque and church, and then most of our group went on to visit a museum … but I was "museumed out" at this point, so walked back to our bus, found a stone bench recessed back against a wall, and watched an assortment of policemen and merchants and ordinary Cairo citizens walking past me (generally without any awareness that I was there at all) on a small, quiet street. I also took a couple shots of the small shops and cafes on the street…