05/04/2011 94 °F
Yeah! Today we are off to visit the Egyptian Museum. If we were to doing nothing else in Cairo, the Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum are “can’t miss” destinations for me.
Let me just start by saying that the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities is the most wonderful, fascinating, frustrating, fun, exasperating, beautiful MESS. I know some of those words are redundant but I could go on. The place is an antiquity itself. Stuffed full of artifacts (and there is still much more in storage) I’m careful about where I turn because I might knock something onto the floor. Or a display case might collapse. Pieces have vague descriptive placards, sometimes in English, sometimes in French, sometimes in Arabic, sometimes in all three languages; sometimes there isn’t a placard at all. And often the English descriptions are misspelled.
Now the pictures I have attached below give you an idea of what I’m talking about but these are not actual pictures of the inside of the museum. You may see someone in these pictures that looks like me but that may be just a coincidence. Cameras are forbidden in the museum and this is a strict rule. We turned our Canon camera into the “camera check room” just like they instructed us. I hope everyone understands what I’m saying here without me having to put it in writing.
We took a break and had a soda at the outdoor café. The café is on the plaza between the museum and the government building. A nice tall burned out government building that recently was under attack during some protests back in January. Yes, that protest. When we first arrived earlier this week, I asked a few people about the “revolution in January” but no one refers to it as a revolution. They refer to it as “January 25th” in the same way we say “Fourth of July”. Good to know.
Fortunately, the museum itself did not burn at all. There is a small building separate from the museum that is used as storage. This building burned but nothing valuable was stored there so no major damage for the museum.