50 BONNES RAISONS POUR TOMBER AMOUREUX DE L EGYPTE

1. The Abu Simbel temples in Aswan.

The Abu Simbel temples in Aswan.

Mike Smith / Via Flickr: mikesm / Creative Commons

2. St. Simon Coptic Orthodox Church, aka the “Cave Church” of Cairo.

St. Simon Coptic Orthodox Church, aka the "Cave Church" of Cairo.

arch2452 / Via Flickr: arch2452 / Creative Commons

3. The spectacular coral reefs of the Red Sea.

The spectacular coral reefs of the Red Sea.

Andreas Metz / Via Flickr: natarajam / Creative Commons

4. Traditional felucca sailboats on the Nile.

Traditional felucca sailboats on the Nile.

Michael Gwyther-Jones / Via Flickr: 12587661@N06 / Creative Commons

5. Mount Sinai at daybreak.

Mount Sinai at daybreak.

alljengi / Via Flickr: 27718315@N02 / Creative Commons

6. The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.

The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.

Stefan Geens / Via Flickr: jason-pang / Creative Commons

7. Colourful fishing boats in Alexandria.

Colourful fishing boats in Alexandria.

Casey / Via Flickr: ramblurr / Creative Commons

8. The beach along the Sinai coast.

The beach along the Sinai coast.

jay8085 / Via Flickr: 89649959@N00 / Creative Commons

9. The lights of Cairo over the Nile at dusk.

The lights of Cairo over the Nile at dusk.

Frank Schulenburg / Via Flickr: frank_schulenburg / Creative Commons

10. The stunning rock sculptures of the White Desert by day…

The stunning rock sculptures of the White Desert by day...

BeeFortyTwo / Via Flickr: beefortytwo / Creative Commons

11. …and its stars by night.

...and its stars by night.

Peng Jun Jason / Via Flickr: jason-pang / Creative Commons

12. Alexandria’s waterfront…

Alexandria's waterfront...

Mohd Azli Abdul Malek / Via Flickr: obekenobi / Creative Commons

13. …and its beautiful library.

...and its beautiful library.

Noel Hidalgo / Via Flickr: noneck

14. The delicious street food, koshary.

Youssef Abdelaal

It’s rice, macaroni, lentils, chickpeas, crispy fried onions, and as much hot sauce as you can manage.

15. Friendly camels.

Friendly camels.

Alexander Witt / Via Flickr: alexanderwitt / Creative Commons

16. The dunes of the Great Sand Sea.

The dunes of the Great Sand Sea.

Umberto De Peppo Cocco / Via Flickr: umbertodpc / Creative Commons

17. The Muhammad Ali mosque from the outside…

The Muhammad Ali mosque from the outside...

Hector de Pereda / Via Flickr: hdepereda / Creative Commons

18. …and the inside.

...and the inside.

Ernie R / Via Flickr: seyerce / Creative Commons

19. Pistachio baklava.

Pistachio baklava.

Farrukh / Via Flickr: swamibu / Creative Commons

20. The City of the Dead, Cairo.

The City of the Dead, Cairo.

Charlie Phillips / Via Flickr: savingfutures / Creative Commons

21. Sitting and chatting in Fishawi’s Cafe, in Khan El-Khalili, for hours.

Sitting and chatting in Fishawi's Cafe, in Khan El-Khalili, for hours.

Travel Aficionado / Via Flickr: travel_aficionado / Creative Commons

22. Sand storms.

Sand storms.

Dorli Photography / Via Flickr: dorlino / Creative Commons

(As long as you’re inside.)

23. Hearing someone play the oud, live.

Hearing someone play the oud, live.

Omar Adel / Via Flickr: omaradel-ph / Creative Commons

Such as this musician, from the Alif Ensemble.

24. The creamy, nutty dessert, Um Ali.

The creamy, nutty dessert, Um Ali.

iDip / Via Flickr: idip / Creative Commons

25. Al-Azhar University.

Al-Azhar University.

Tarek Harbi / Via Flickr: 53813549@N08 / Creative Commons

26. Fresh falafel.

Fresh falafel.

Robert Young / Via Flickr: robertpaulyoung / Creative Commons

These particular falafel are from Felfela, a restaurant in downtown Cairo.

27. Tahrir Square.

Tahrir Square.

Gigi Ibrahim / Via Flickr: gigiibrahim / Creative Commons

(Although it’s not always as packed as it was in January 2011.)

28. Spectacular sunsets…

Spectacular sunsets...

Christopher Prentiss Michel / Via Flickr: cmichel67 / Creative Commons

29. …and even more spectacular traffic jams.

...and even more spectacular traffic jams.

walidhassanein / Via Flickr: tronics / Creative Commons

(As long as you’re not late for something.)

30. Al Azhar Park.

Al Azhar Park.

Scott D. Haddow / Via Flickr: 42807077@N07 / Creative Commons

31. Really old men reading newspapers.

Really old men reading newspapers.

b-e-m / Via Flickr: b-e-m / Creative Commons

32. The Black Desert.

The Black Desert.

mariusz kluzniak / Via Flickr: 39997856@N03 / Creative Commons

33. The Temple of Amada in Nubia.

The Temple of Amada in Nubia.

Dennis Jarvis / Via Flickr: archer10

34. The Sahn Pillars of the Muhammad Ali Mosque.

The Sahn Pillars of the Muhammad Ali Mosque.

Ernie R / Via Flickr: seyerce / Creative Commons

35. Desert foxes.

Desert foxes.

Graham Smith / Via Flickr: grahamsblog / Creative Commons

36. The Temple of Kom Ombo in Aswan.

The Temple of Kom Ombo in Aswan.

superblinkymac / Via Flickr: superblinkymac / Creative Commons

37. Tiny cups of coffee.

Tiny cups of coffee.

Alan Teo / Via Flickr: alanosaur / Creative Commons

38. And minty tea loaded up with sugar.

And minty tea loaded up with sugar.

Alan Teo / Via Flickr: alanosaur / Creative Commons

39. The ruins at Luxor.

The ruins at Luxor.

Christopher Prentiss Michel / Via Flickr: cmichel67 / Creative Commons

40. Lake Nasser.

Lake Nasser.

Christopher Prentiss Michel / Via Flickr: cmichel67 / Creative Commons

41. The domes of St.Mark Church, Heliopolis.

The domes of St.Mark Church, Heliopolis.

Andrew A. Shenouda / Via Flickr: 2007828 / Creative Commons

42. Taking a stroll through Islamic Cairo…

Taking a stroll through Islamic Cairo...

Kyle Taylor / Via Flickr: kyletaylor / Creative Commons

43. …and Coptic Cairo.

...and Coptic Cairo.

Nora Shalaby / Via Flickr: norashalaby / Creative Commons

44. More spectacular sunsets.

More spectacular sunsets.

Jolianne / Via Flickr: joliexis / Creative Commons

45. Flowers in Al Azhar Park.

Flowers in Al Azhar Park.

Filip Maljković / Via Flickr: dungodung / Creative Commons

46. Kittens in Khan el-Khalil.

Kittens in Khan el-Khalil.

vagabondblogger / Via Flickr: vagabondblogger / Creative Commons

47. St. Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai.

St. Catherine's Monastery, Sinai.

Andreas Metz / Via Flickr: natarajam

48. Ancient stone carvings, everywhere.

Ancient stone carvings, everywhere.

Christopher Michel / Via Flickr: cmichel67

49. The Nile, from space.

The Nile, from space.

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center / Via Flickr: nasamarshall / Creative Commons

50. …or a bit closer up.

...or a bit closer up.

Gon Caride / Via Flickr: 96362106@N07 / Creative Commons

51. Oh, and also the pyramids.

Oh, and also the pyramids.

Dorli Photography / Via Flickr: dorlino
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