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At the Khan el-Khalili Souk in Cairo

Late in the afternoon of our first day in Cairo (we were at a hotel by the airport that night) we went into the Khan el-Khalili Souk Bazaar. It is pretty a well known spot. By one of the entrances there was a Mosque and there was a steady parade of people taking off their shoes and going in to pray - another entrance was inside. Each little shop had a huge array of attractive stuff as you can see in these pictures and a very polite salesman trying to get you to buy. They all said "Welcome to Egypt" many times. I think we were some of the first tourists who have come to Egypt since the revolution. None of us bought anything - the advice was to offer 30% of what they asked. I'd guess we passed a couple of hundred of these booths and there were many more. We left this souk and a couple of blocks away there was another one with wares more suited to the locals.

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