Greater Than a Tourist- Faiyum Governorate Egypt
50 Travel Tips from a Local
By Fouad Wagih
Are you excited about planning your next trip?
Do you want to try something new?
Would you like some guidance from a local?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater
Than a Tourist book is for you.
Greater Than a Tourist- Faiyum Governorate Egypt by Fouad
Wagih gives you the inside scoop on Faiyum Governorate. Most
travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is
nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist
series, this book will give you travel tips from someone who has
lived at your next travel destination.
In these pages, you will discover advice that will help you
throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses
or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge
from a local that you may not find in other smaller print travel
Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to
know the people and the culture. By the time you finish this book,
you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.
Inside this travel guide book you will find:
- Insider tips from a local.
- Bonus tips50 Things to Know About Packing
Light for Travel by bestselling author Manidipa
- Packing and planning list.
- List of travel questions to ask yourself or others
- A place to write your travel bucket list.
“It is not down in any map; true
places never are.” – Herman Melville
Traveling isn’t that thing we do just for fun we learn
things from traveling which we don’t learn usually what
is unique about traveling to Faiyum oasis is the new
experiment with new culture actually mixed culture you
will find water and sand and trees which expected as a
big oasis surrounded by the desert made this terrific
If you are a traveling lover you will get various benefits
traveling provides us with the experience we need in
life. Of course and a great amount of fun we get from
going to new locations, we indeed gain other useful
things when we travel. Over all, for these benefits
people love to travel abroad these are the real reasons
why for them to travel and move around the country.
Here are some of the reasons make we love to visit
other tourists’ spots or communities.
1. WHY TO VISIT
One of Egypt's largest natural oasis, which includes
many natural, archaeological and religious attractions, it
is the city of Faiyum, located in the north of Upper
Surrounded by the Egyptian dessert from all regions
and the most famous places to go when you visit
Faiyum are Wadi al Rayan, lake Qaron and Faiyum
Wadi al Hetan "Whale valley" is one of the most
unique valleys in the world as it contains skeletons of
rare whales of different shapes, sizes and types also
includes skeletons of whales that has never existed
across the history expat in this valley. These skeletons
have been added to London museum.
London Museum, which also includes a number of
historical excavations and recently UNESCO, has
included the Valley of Whales in Faiyum Governorate
under the list of world heritage sites.
Faiyum oasis is a huge depression that contains a
great lake in the lowest part that locals called Birkat
Qarun ( Lake Qarun ). Fayium oasis or you can write it
fayoum or fayyum no difference gets its water from a
branch of the Nile that was canalized in the past, now
called Bahr Youssef. This splits up into a dense
network of secondary canals. Faiyum is usually referred
to as an oasis. However, it is different from the usual or
the real oasis you know as it gets the water directly
from the Nile. The northern part of faiyum completely
under sea level and that makes the depression contains
the lake which lies at ground 45 meters under sea level.
faiyum is bounded by high limestone scarp on the
northwest. Wadi al Rayan, lies at 43 meters under sea level.
But it hasn’t natural water supply. However, water has
recently been channeled into two large lakes.
2. WHAT TO EAT
Travellers usually enjoy eating the national food of
the place they visit for those people I recommend the
national dish in all Egypt the "Koshari" when you ask
someone about it you will feel like it’s an art not a dish
as it’s a way different in taste from restaurant to
another. You can say that it is the national dish of my
birthplace here. It's so fun to take about it like that but
it will be remembered experiment of trying other
culture food. You almost can find it everywhere all
what you have to do is asking about the nearest place to
you. You can order for a spicy one or normal it's up to
what you prefer most.
For the breakfast almost all the Egyptians eat two
types of food and restaurants make those types at
morning for that reason. Firstly, "Ful Medammes". Ful
is considered as the most popular and traditional
breakfast in Egypt, it exists mainly in every Egyptians’
diet. Ful, you can pronounce as fool, they made it if
fava beans which cooked with oil and salt.. They need
to be soaked all the night then they cook it for hours
with very low heat in a “kdra” and all of these for
removing the beans casing. That's the Traditional way
in general as this is how they cook ful in Egypt in
general and in Faiyum as well. So the question is where
to find it? Surly anywhere any time in Faiyum you will
be amazed by how common is it in Faiyum and in all
Egypt you will find ful in street carts and small
restaurant big restaurant almost every place in Faiyum
and around the country to sum up it is the most
common Egyptian food and you haven't probably eaten
it before. Ful is eaten by most of people as a dish with
eggs, cheese; some bread "the common bread in Egypt"
or also another common food like falafel which is also
popular food eaten daily some local people called
tameya. It can also just be prepared in easy way with
nothing else, and then you have a quick breakfast can
be made into a sandwich.
Secondly, Falafel, also called by several people as
Tameya depends where you are in Egypt for the people
in Faiyum they called it tameya. For the most of people
it served in the Egyptian breakfast along with ful.
Traditional tameya can be made with chickpeas, but in
faiyum the difference is that tameya is made of fava
beans instead of chickpeas. They should soak Fava
beans all night to be soft, after that they crush it in a
food processor. Then they mix it with a fresh
combination of chopped cilantro, parsley, white onion,
garlic and leek, to give tameya the green color. And put
other flavor such as coriander, paprika, cumin, cayenne,
pepper and salt they add all of that with chickpea flour.
Roll it into fried, and balls! It is not surprising why
Tameya is such a popular Egyptian food that every
Egyptian eats it has loads of fresh and unique flavor.
Thirdly, Shawarma another popular street food that
is very tasty and you’ve tried it probably before.
Originally it comes from the well-known Greek gyros,
but as usual for people here, the Egyptians put their
print on it. They made Shawarma up of your choice of
chicken or beef then soak it in vinegars with spices
famous in Middle East and they cook it all day on the
skewer with melting fat on top. As Egyptian food, they
serve it with tahini and serve chicken with tomaya
(garlic sauce). It looks like a quick meal but it is also a
healthier alternative to fast food and it is not expensive.
Mahshi is a favorite meal among the Egyptians and
great for travelers who prefer vegetarian food. Mahshi
is chosen vegetables fill in with rice. Many people
prefer adding meat to the ingredients for an additional
beautiful meal. Mahshi is completely a dish you have
not try before so you surly should try when you in
faiyum. You will love it; it’s one of the majority
Molokhia Molokhia is a very common Egyptian
dish, and you will probably hate it or maybe love it I
can't be sure (why that, as I know a many vegetarian
people but belong to the first group). It’s made of a
green leafy basically then cut it into small pieces and
prepare it in chicken, as addition but not necessary they
add beef or seafood or both mixed with fried garlic and
ground coriander. Generally they serve it with bread,
rice, and some chicken. This dish is different in the way
it's made depends on the region in Egypt. Cities that
located along the coast the beautiful city Alexandria
might eat molokhia with fish or shrimp.
If you wonder about the name it is named after the
leafy green It’s supply with essential vitamins such as
iron and potassium, Vitamin C, & Vitamin B6 and for
all of that it's a great, healthy Egyptian food.
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TOP REASONS TO BOOK THIS TRIP
(Firstly, it's not very common to find an environment
like that very clean out of human trash. Secondly, you
will be able to see one of the rare fossils which don't
exist anywhere else. Thirdly, try the unique feeling of
living in an oasis with its pure water and golden sand).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Fouad Wagih is an author who lives in Faiyum city
loves to travel and explore new things. fouad lived in
this wonderful place Faiyum oasis for all his life and
knows well how amazing this oasis is even some locals
don't know about the terrific locations exists there so he
made the decision to write this book showing how
beautiful the nature is to every nature and traveling