05/05/2011 100 °F
Today we decided to check out Coptic Cairo and took the Metro to get there. I don't think we were there during rush hour but the trains were crowded.
We get out at the Mar Girgis station and the Coptic Museum is right there. No pictures allowed but it is an incredible museum. Beautifully curated with lots and lots of intricate woodwork in a modern building.
We wander down the street and visit the Hanging Church (suspended above the Water Gate), the Church of St. George and the Greek Orthodox cemetery.
It's now 12:30 p.m. and about 100 degrees. Definitely time for a break. We decide to stop at a cafe and great news! they serve fuul and koshari. These are two of the dishes we have wanted to try. Fuul is a paste of mashed black-eyed beans flavored with garlic and olive oil. Koshari is a mix of brown rice, lentils and macaroni topped with fried onions, a spicy tomato sauce, and chick peas. Here's a picture of our lunch along with a guest who invited himself once the food showed up: