42 Things I Love About Egypt

Pyramid of Khafre Cairo Egypt

1. Seeing a real ancient Egyptian temple for the first time

2. Learning the fine art of haggling

3. Being enveloped by the scents at a spice market

4. Looking up at the Colossi of Memnon and wondering how big the building they guarded must have been

5. Discovering which Egyptian god is your favorite (mine is Horus)

6. Tasting real Egyptian coffee for the first time

7. Seeing hot air balloons float over the Nile at sunrise

Luxor Temple Egypt

8. Investigating the artifacts at the massive Egyptian Museum

9. Classic high tea at the luxury Cataract Hotel in Aswan

10. Sailing in a traditional wooden Nile felucca

11. Wandering through the Valley of the Kings

12. Being thankful for having an expert guide, sharing the secrets of Egyptian history

13. Pyramids. Enough said.

14. Standing face to face with the mighty Sphinx

Aswan Egypt

15. Walking through the unusual Temple of Kom Ombo and the mummified crocodile museum next door

16. Great views of Cairo from the Mosque of Muhammad Ali

17. Enjoying a classically prepared Egyptian dinner

18. Going on a 3-4 day Nile cruise – really, you have to try it

19. Learning to appreciate the chaos of Cairo

20. Navigating the beautifully chaotic souks

21. Haggling from a boat on the Nile

Felucca Egypt
Palm trees along the Nile in Egypt

22. Getting to know the Egyptian people, some of the warmest and most friendly in the world

23. Gazing at hieroglyphics in near perfect condition and instantly feeling connected to an ancient people

24. Learning more about Nubian culture and their delicious traditional coffee

25. Pondering Egypt’s future standing in Tahrir Square

26. Flying over the living mountain of Abu Simbel

27. Saying a prayer at the Hanging Church in Cairo

28. Walking through the incredible Temple of Horus in Edfu

Spice market Egypt

29. Sailing along the Nile and watching the Egyptian countryside scroll past

30. Marveling at the unfiltered beauty of the countryside

31. Enjoying being outside at the Philae Island Temple complex

32. Eating delicious Egyptian pastries at a local coffee shop

33. Standing transfixed by the golden mask of King Tut

34. Walking into an ancient tomb and suddenly feeling like Indiana Jones

35. Learning just enough Arabic to thank and apologize to people

36. Going inside a pyramid

37. Being a corny tourist and dressing up in a traditional Gellabiya

38. Admiring the beautiful symmetry of the Temple of Hatshepsut

39. Learning more about modern Egypt at the Aswan High Dam

40. Enjoying a quiet coffee at Simonds Bakery in Cairo

41. Standing in front of the incredible Abu Simbel temple

42. Vowing to return to this amazing country

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

4 thoughts on “42 Things I Love About Egypt”

  1. I watching and listening the story of pyramids since childhood. Due to this i have strong affection to Egyptian culture. I have never been there but want to be there to see pyramid and the Egyptian beauty. Don’t when my dreams come true.

  2. I will love to do all those 42 points above. Its one in seven wonders and I have seen only one till date (Taj Mahal). I hope I will see pyramids and 5 others soon.

  3. Just returned from Egypt and reading your article seemed like I wrote it myself! Egypt is just Lovely and you can’t help but feel extreme sadness when you leave. Shukraan :)

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