Submitted by scott on Mon, 10/25/2021 - 02:27
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Sam and companions traveled by train from Alexandria and arrived in Cairo the evening of October 4, 1867. From here they visited the Sphinx and the Pyramids at Giza. They returned to Alexandria October 7th. Mark Twain Project: Quaker City Itinerary

Alexandria was too much like a European city to be novel, and we soon tired of it. We took the cars and came up here to ancient Cairo, which is an Oriental city and of the completest pattern. There is little about it to disabuse one’s mind of the error if he should take it into his head that he was in the heart of Arabia. Stately camels and dromedaries, swarthy Egyptians, and likewise Turks and black Ethiopians, turbaned, sashed, and blazing in a rich variety of Oriental costumes of all shades of flashy colors, are what one sees on every hand crowding the narrow streets and the honeycombed bazaars. We are stopping at Shepherd’s Hotel, which is the worst on earth except the one I stopped at once in a small town in the United States. It is pleasant to read this sketch in my note-book, now, and know that I can stand Shepherd’s Hotel, sure, because I have been in one just like it in America and survived:

30° 2' 48" N , 31° 14' 9" E
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