We went to Egypt two months after the demonstrations against the regime of president Mubarak.
The traveladvice was positive and we went with a group of 25 people.
Although a lot of people thought we were crazy.
In Cairo we visited the Tahrir Square.Very impressive to see how the square now changed in to the traffic square it always has been.But the remains of the revolution are good to see.
We saw the buildings we did know from television and recognized the statue in the middle of the square.
The building that was burned down was the former headquarter of president Mubarak that was set to fire by the demonstrants.The safety measures were very severe during our stay there.The first week we travelded by bus and we always had a permanent police escorte with us.Six heavenly armend policemen always were driving in front of the bus.During a shopping tour in El Miniya we even had four policemen with us walking in front and behind us.
But we never felt unsafe at all.
In the middle of Tahrir Square are a lot of flowers dedicated to the deadly victims of the revolution.There hardly were any tourists in Cairo.At the Egyptian Museum there were TV camera's because wer were the first foreign group to visit the Egyptian Museum.In the Museum was some damage too.
It will take some time I think before the tourists will come back.In the resorts in the South there are a lot of tourists but Cairo is still waiting for tourists to come.
At the pyramids we hardly did see any tourists at all.Normaly it's very crowded there.The 2nd week we had a Nile Cruise and a lot of cruise ships are waiting for tourists too.We were with 29 people on a ship were normaly about 100 people are.
For us it was a luxury to be a tourist because we had all the space to see things and on the ship we had the sundeck all for us.
But the people of Egypt do want their jobs back.Without tourists,no jobs for a lot of people.
On our ship normaly 80 people are working and now about 30.
I just wanted to share this with as it was such an impressive experience for us to see this country after the demonstrations.