Let's start with the drawbacks. Cairo is easily the filthiest city I've ever visited. Waterways are choked to death with trash, there is garbage lining most streets. It also is home to the worst traffic I've ever seen in my life, we couldn't get anywhere, any time of day, without sitting in 90 minutes of traffic (to go 12 miles). The monuments are stunningly crowded, and not always well cared for. And a certain level of corruption and kick-backs dominates the tourist experience.
On the flip side - you're standing in front of artifacts that have survived over 5,000 years of human history. The story of ancient Egyptian civilization is riveting and if you can swat off of the pick pockets and panhandlers long enough to catch your breath (however smog filled) and enjoy the view, you can allow your mind to take you back to those early days of this amazing civilization.
Unfortunately cameras weren't allowed but the sculptures, contents of King Tut's tomb, and royal mummies at the Egyptian Museum were truly a one in a life step experience. It was fantastic to explore the only remaining Wonder of the World from the original seven with my parents. The Pyramids of Giza are an amazing site to behold. This was definitely on the bucket list!
We stuck to the local delicacies for lunch like kushari, falafel, hummus, kofta and lentil soup, but dinner we treated ourselves. Here we are at the revolving restaurant on 41st floor of the Grand Hyatt hotel. It makes
one 360 degree rotation every 75 minutes.