Our shopping started with a lengthy visit to one of the spice shops. It was one I had not visited before, and I had a photographic ball! Color, color, color and some great packaging!
|I bought some of the green label "Ostrish Fat" cream because it's supposed to be good for muscle and joint aches!|
|LOTS of karkaday at the bottom of the photo|
|The bright blue on the lower right is indigo|
|Al Suoad Cream = "To weaken the hair growth" = not for your head but for your mustache, etc.|
Ursula wanted some inexpensive scarabs to use as small gifts so we stopped at one of the sellers with a cart on the pavement. She did some hard bargaining, and I found one I liked and managed to get him down a little bit. I always feel a bit guilty when I do this, because of the economy, but it is expected!
After that, we shopped for belts and purses in a leather shop, another one that I had not been in before. We ended up both buying a nice reversible belt (black on one side and brown leather on the other side) for a reasonable 75 LE (just over $10). I will go back there to examine his purses more closely. After a brief visit to Habiba, we ended up in another shop selling scarves and galabeyas, etc. I "needed" a black and white arafat (scarf named after Yasser Arafat because he always wore one) and they had some excellent quality ones for 20 LE (less than $3). I had to photograph this sign on our departure!
|I particularly like the part (lower left) that says "Here you will find a gift for someone you don't like"!|
Then it was time for some freshly squeezed orange juice while observing the passing scene:
|Just across from the juice bar was a bakery that was dispensing freshly baked "aysh balady" (country bread or pita as we would call it)|
All in all, we had an excellent time of it! Here is my swag: