I love exploring the capital cities of the Middle East and North Africa and although Cairo can be a very overwhelming city, it remains one of my favourite places, partly because I lived there for six months during my degree. It has a rich history, blending Ancient Egyptian, Roman, Byzantine, Coptic and Arab influences, and in its modern incarnation, is a constantly changing metropolis.
My favourite areas of the city are the Corniche, where Egyptians take advantage of the cool breezes blowing along the Nile, and the Tentmaker's Bazaar in Islamic Cairo, where beautiful appliqué work is still produced. Coptic or Old Cairo is another quarter of the city which is well worth a visit. Quieter than most other areas, it has a number of churches, including the Church of St Sergius, where the Holy Family took refuge after fleeing to Egypt, as well as the oldest mosque in Egypt, the Mosque of Amr Ibn Al-As, and the Ben Ezra Synagogue, which dates to the 9th Century.