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    Posted on Oct 24, 2014

    51 Reasons To Fall In Love With Egypt

    Quickly, to the airport!

    1. The Abu Simbel temples in Aswan.

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    2. St. Simon Coptic Orthodox Church, aka the "Cave Church" of Cairo.

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    3. The spectacular coral reefs of the Red Sea.

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    4. Traditional felucca sailboats on the Nile.

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    5. Mount Sinai at daybreak.

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    6. The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.

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    7. Colourful fishing boats in Alexandria.

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    8. The beach along the Sinai coast.

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    9. The lights of Cairo over the Nile at dusk.

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    10. The stunning rock sculptures of the White Desert by day...

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    11. ...and its stars by night.

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    12. Alexandria's waterfront...

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    13. ...and its beautiful library.

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    14. The delicious street food, koshary.

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    It's rice, macaroni, lentils, chickpeas, crispy fried onions, and as much hot sauce as you can manage.

    15. Friendly camels.

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    16. The dunes of the Great Sand Sea.

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    17. The Muhammad Ali mosque from the outside...

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    18. ...and the inside.

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    19. Pistachio baklava.

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    20. The City of the Dead, Cairo.

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    21. Sitting and chatting in Fishawi's Cafe, in Khan El-Khalili, for hours.

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    22. Sand storms.

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    (As long as you're inside.)

    23. Hearing someone play the oud, live.

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    Such as this musician, from the Alif Ensemble.

    24. The creamy, nutty dessert, Um Ali.

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    25. Al-Azhar University.

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    26. Fresh falafel.

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    These particular falafel are from Felfela, a restaurant in downtown Cairo.

    27. Tahrir Square.

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    (Although it's not always as packed as it was in January 2011.)

    28. Spectacular sunsets...

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    29. ...and even more spectacular traffic jams.

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    (As long as you're not late for something.)

    30. Al Azhar Park.

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    31. Really old men reading newspapers.

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    32. The Black Desert.

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    33. The Temple of Amada in Nubia.

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    34. The Sahn Pillars of the Muhammad Ali Mosque.

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    35. Desert foxes.

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    36. The Temple of Kom Ombo in Aswan.

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    37. Tiny cups of coffee.

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    38. And minty tea loaded up with sugar.

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    39. The ruins at Luxor.

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    40. Lake Nasser.

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    41. The domes of St.Mark Church, Heliopolis.

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    42. Taking a stroll through Islamic Cairo...

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    43. ...and Coptic Cairo.

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    44. More spectacular sunsets.

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    45. Flowers in Al Azhar Park.

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    46. Kittens in Khan el-Khalil.

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    47. St. Catherine's Monastery, Sinai.

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    48. Ancient stone carvings, everywhere.

    Christopher Michel / Via Flickr: cmichel67

    49. The Nile, from space.

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    50. ...or a bit closer up.

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    51. Oh, and also the pyramids.

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