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Pyramids of Giza

Amazing aerial view of Cairo and Giza with the Pyramids in a misty landscape.

Photo: Sebastien Nagy


Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open.”
📍Full Moon on the Nile River. Egypt 🇪🇬

Photo by Tarek Lofty #egyptpassion #egypt #cairo #nileriver #egyptology #fullmoon🌕 #moon (at Cairo, Egypt)


I like people who get excited about the change of seasons, the sound of the ocean, watching a sunset, the smell of rain and starry nights.

📍 El Moez Street. Cairo. Egypt 🇪🇬
#iregipto #egyptpassion (at شارع المعز لدين الله الفاطمي)


I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church.

📍 Islamic Cairo. Egypt 🇪🇬

#iregipto #egyptpassion #egypt #cairo #nileriver #islamiccairo


“You were always destined to fly, long before you grew your wings. And that is the deepest tragedy in the world, that you were never taught to believe in such things.”

📍 El Baron imban Palace. Cairo. Egypt 🇪🇬
#iregipto #egyptpassion (at Cairo, Egypt)


The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves — say rather, loved in spite of ourselves.

📍 Cairo. Egypt 🇪🇬
#iregipto #egyptpassion #retreat #yoga #inspiration #cairo (at Cairo, Egypt)


Japanese Botanical Garden: Forgotten Cairo Heritage Park

It’s a

hectic and bustling city that we live in. On every street corner we are bombarded

by billboards and neon signs, and crossing the crowded streets is a challenge only

slightly inferior to the average assault course. In a

city like Cairo it is not that difficult to lose your Zen. If you want to

restore it, head for a visit to the

Japanese botanical gardens in Helwan.

At first

glance, the Japanese Botanical Garden seems like your average park with a

kiosk, a playground for kids and some trees; yet there are some interesting

features here. The park was created in 1917 by Zulfiqar Pasha, who was the Grand

Chamberlain of Egypt at the time. This honorary role carried with it a symbolic

duty to look after the royal household. Back in those days, Helwan was an

affluent neighbourhood famous for its hot sulphur springs. For many of Cairo’s

aristocrats, including King Farouk, it was the perfect place for weekend


The park

is divided into two parts. The right side from the entrance is situated on a

hill whereas the left side is completely flat. The right side is the most

interesting part. As soon as you enter and look to your right, you will see a

huge Buddha face carved out of a rock. If you walk up from here, you reach a

plateau where a fountain with three little elephants is situated. The fountain,

as like most waterways in this park, is dry. Right next to it is a Japanese

cottage where you can rest on some of the benches.


here on, keep walking straight up the hill until you come across what used to

be a lake surrounded by at least 30 Buddha statues. A little research revealed

that this used to be a very nice lake with vegetation all around. However, the

dried up spot today makes the place look rather creepy. The abandoned palace-turned-hospital

across the park, which is haunted according to urban legend, emphasises this

whole image. Above the lake with the Buddha statues is another Japanese cottage

functioning as a panorama.


other side of the park also has a lake, which was half empty at the time of our

visit. A collection of paddle boats stacked next to the lake are proof that

once upon a time the park might have been in better condition than it is now.

Next to a little bamboo forest there is a big smiling Buddha statue. At the end

of the park is another Japanese cottage with benches. To the right of that is a

children’s playground with swings and a carousel. Apart from the bamboo, there

aren’t many typical Japanese flowers or trees to be found.


garden is easy to reach by public transport. You can take the metro to the last

station on the Helwan line. When exiting the station, take a left and walk four

blocks down. By car just follow the Maadi Corniche to the end. Take a left at

the King Farouk Corner Museum after the second army checkpoint and keep going

straight until the roundabout. Take the second exit from the roundabout and

then take the fourth left and you’ll arrive at the garden within three minutes.

The entrance fee costs only 2LE for Egyptians and foreigners.


this abandoned garden is definitely recommended. After all, it is the only

Japanese botanical garden in the Middle East and that in itself makes this a very

unique attraction. The garden also gives a glimpse into Egypt’s rich (though

now neglected) cultural past.


EGYPT. Cairo. Spices in bazar. 2004.


“Let the word in and sooner or later people will see the oceans pouring out of you. You’ll walk down the street and someone will mistake you for the sky. You are beautiful because you let yourself feel, and that is a brave thing indeed.”

📍 Mohamed Ali Mosque. Cairo. Egypt 🇪🇬
#iregipto #egyptpassion #mosque #civilization #heritage #visit_egypt #calm #citadel #salahdin #salaheldincitadel #cairo #egypt (at Citadel of Salah Al-Din)