What to bring from Egypt
Egypt has lately become a Mecca for domestic tourists usually the first holiday abroad is carried out precisely there (well, in Turkey. depending on the season). A reminder of the Egypt holidays will not only be a picture in the background of the Egyptian pyramids, but also a variety of Souvenirs. What to bring from Egypt?
Let's start with the small "Souvenirs" which you can bring from Egypt. For example, figures of the pyramids from various materials you can buy not only in souvenir shops, but also right in the desert, during the excursion. But with the "desert" traders need to be cautious: first they offer a souvenir in the guise of a gift, and then, when you have already picked it up, begins to demand a fee.
In addition to the figures of the pyramids is approximately the same price to buy scarves-"arafatki" a variety of colors (not necessarily black-and-white) or the figures of scarabs. The scarab beetle is one of the symbols of Egypt. Figurines of scarab are made of a variety of materials - wood, stone, clay - and you can buy them at a ridiculous price. But a scarab must have legs, a legless scarab is a funerary symbol.
Even in the souvenir shops sell a variety figurines in the form of cats, pharaohs, ancient Egyptian gods of stone or metal. But traders quite often give out for the stone and metal products the painted plaster. Scratch the statue with a fingernail: the gypsum will be easy to scrape off the paint. When buying a cat figure, make sure that it is without a snake: like a scarab without legs, a cat with a snake is a negative symbol.
If you want something more expensive and solid, you can bring out of Egypt jewelry. which depict ancient Egyptian symbols. But souvenirs made of precious metals can not be bought from hands or in shops that are not trustworthy. Do not be lazy to go to the jewelry store and together with the purchase demand a check.
Probably, it is impossible to visit Egypt and not bring out papyrus. Of course, the inhabitants of Egypt instead of papyrus have long switched to conventional paper, but as a souvenir, it is still sold. By and large, papyrus is a picture made on an unusual "canvas". Like jewelry, papyrus can not be bought with hands and cheap shops. In paintings from this papyrus, the picture is neat, the papyrus itself can be folded or folded without damaging it.
Best place to buy papyrus in specialized shops and workshops, then you will be immune from what is papyrus will sell you a cheap imitation of palm leaf or rice paper. In good stores, along with the purchase issue a certificate of authenticity. Note that this papyrus cannot be too cheap.
You can still bring out of Egypt essential oils - Perfumery and medical. Perfumery oils can be flavored with laundry, added to baths, etc. They can not replace perfume, because such oils are sold in a diluted form. Healing oils are sold in pharmacies or shops selling spices. An English abstract is attached to each oil, indicating how it should be applied.
If you want to bring out of Egypt tasty Souvenirs, be sure to buy karkade. Tea from the petals of hibiscus (Sudanese rose) is considered in Egypt as a national drink. In a good carcade there are no impurities and debris, if it is rubbed between the fingers, it stains them red. The best carcade is sold in Aswan, Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh. In addition to karkade, you can bring ground coffee with cardamom from Egypt (preferably immediately buy a Turk), spices (turmeric, saffron, pepper, ground cumin (ziru), a mixture of "bakharat") and a variety of sweets.
Original souvenir from Egypt — "Cafe Maryam" ("The hand of Mary"). In appearance it is a bunch of dry grass, but if it is put in water, after a few days it will cover with small blue flowers. The Egyptians believe in the ability of "kaf Maryam" to bring luck in business.
Men can bring out of Egypt hookah. and women cotton dresses embroidered with beads, bugle beads and coins hip scarves. Good hookah (Shisha) cannot be too small. Don't buy ready assembled hookahs, and portable, made of heavy metal — they are more qualitative. To be sure, buy hookah charcoal and tobacco.
And remember that Egypt is not necessary to bring the figures of dragons, sphinxes and sarcophagi — the locals consider them symbols of death. But corals are a national treasure, so they forbidden for export.
And what would you advise to bring out of Egypt seasoned travelers? If you have already rested in Egypt, share with our readers advice about Egyptian souvenirs!