Sassa met us and we were glad to see him. We collected our luggage and then he had decided for us to go to the hotel and check in. He wanted to make sure that the room was OK and did not want to come back at 7:00 after our trip. I can't blame him. We got things squared away and then on with the day's tour. Our first stop was to the Citadel. It was built about 1100 AD by Muhammed Ali to keep Richard the Lionhearted from seizing Egypt. He never came, but did make peace with them. This huge fortress also had the palace of the King and a Mosque. I took pictures at the different sites in the citadel.
We then went into the Mosque. We sat and got a course on Islam. There are many similarities with the Christians and Jews. Their faith is built on 5 pillars. 1 - Rawadan and the fast for 29 or 30 days from sunup to sundown. 2 - Prayer 5 times a day. 3 - A tithe system of 2.5% of your wealth each year. That is wealth that you have had for 1 year. If you have not saved or bought an asset and held for 1 year, there is no tithe. The other part of the tithe is a head tax for all of your household that you support. There is a minimum amount, but not a maximum. 4 - Make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in your lifetime 5 - There is One GOD who has sent the prophets and is the same God of the Christians and Jews.
It was very interesting to find out that Mohammed has a very loving and accepting view of other people and their religions. I wish and pray for a time when all can find common ground and not see our or should I say fight about our differences. We were then going to the market. It was an experience. The small markets or vendor gauntlets only was a small poor imitation of the market. This is not a place for a tourist without a guide. I don't mean that you are not safe, but it is not a place to get a good deal for a tourist who is not savy. It was great to have Mohammed to speak for us and bargain. Kim wanted to get some of the perfume bottles. He negotiated a price for 7 of Le 20. This is better than the 2 I got for the same price. She got another Galabaya to wear for bed clothes. This was only Le35, but it was not as good quality as the one I bought in Esna. I did get a good deal there on the items we bought. I bought some apricots for Kim and the rest for Mohammed. I bought a set of worry beads. They are genuine stone with silver at the end. It was Le70 and is of good quality.
We returned to the hotel and got dinner. McDonald's for Kim and for me Pizza Hut. There were over 1500+ emails waiting for me. I killed off many, but could not get them all in 1 hour. I will have to resume the task probably when I get home. Tomorrow we head to Alexandria for the last part of our trip. I will work with Mohammed on the way up to get info to do his webpage and brochure. We leave at 6:00 am. The jewelry we ordered will be picked up on return tomorrow night by appx. 7:00 pm. It should be a good day for pictures and we will spring for lunch.