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Archive for July 13th, 2009

City Collecting: Ten Oldest

Monday, July 13th, 2009

I love big cities, I’m in love with tall buildings and ethnic diversity. I seek out restaurants from cuisines I have not tried yet. My first beloved city was Toronto, and since I visited it first in 1975, my life has been richer.

I “collect” cities by visiting them, and I particularly “collect” subways. The most wonderful subway of all was Cairo, the biggest surprise I found there. The city is chaotic and crowded; the subway clean, air conditioned and very inexpensive (something like $.13 USD one way in 2004, which is about what the Toronto subway cost in 1975).

Web Urbanist has a list of the ten oldest still-occupied cities in the world. I found it interesting reading, and some of the photos are breathtaking.

Photo above is Cairo on Christmas morning 2004, from the 23rd floor of the Marriott near the Nile. Our room actually had an open balcony where we (friend Altu and I) had breakfast: Baklava, citrus fruit, guavas, and tea. What a memorable day that was! Cairo, by the way, is not on the list of 10 cities mentioned in the article linked above.