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to the S.E. of the Ezbekiyeh (PI. C, 3), whence the following lines run
every 4-6 minutes. — 1. To the S.E. via the Shari'a Mohammed 'AH (with
a station at Bab el-Khalk) to the Place Rumeleh (Citadel). '— 2. To the S.W.
via the Shari'a 'Abdul Aziz, Shari'a el-Khubri (branch to the left to the
Nasriyeh), and the Square Bab el-LUk, to the Kasr en-Nil, and thence to the
left via, the Shari'a Masr el-'Atika to the Fum el-Khalig and Old Cairo. —
3. To the W., round the S. side of the Ezbekiyeh, via the Shari'a Bulak
to the bridge of Abu Lfleh (Abul-Ela) and to Buldk (motor-ferrv to the is¬
land of Gezireh, see p. 25). — 4. To the N., by the E. side of the Ezbe¬
kiyeh and via, the Shari'a Clot-Bey, to the Rond-Point de Faggdla, where
the line forks, the left branch running via the Limun Bridge to the General
Railway Station, the right branch running via the Shari'a el-Faggala and
Shari'a ez-Zahir to the'Abbdsiyeh. — A fifth line, starting at the Fum el-Khalig
(beyond PI. B, 7), runs to the N.E., intersecting the Shari'a Mohammed 'Ali
at the Place Bab el-Khalk (PI. D, 4) and following the Muski, to Fagalla
(PL D, 1). — To the Pyramids of Gizeh, see p. 112.
Cabs (comp. p. xvii), generally good victorias, with two horses, are
always abundant in the quarters near the Ezbekiyeh. Closed cabs (landaus I
are usually to be obtained only on special order and at higher fares. The
hirer should make a special bargain in every case, especially for drives
of any length or to points not adequately provided for in the tariff. Fares
should never be paid in advance.
Cab Tariff for 1-3 pers. (each pers. extra 1 pias. and each piece of
luggage beside the driver, 1 pias.).
1. Per Drive, within a radius of 2 kilometres (IV4 M.) from the Govern¬
ment Buildings (PL D, 4; p. 49); 1 kil. 3 pias., 2 kil. 4 pias. If the
cab is dismissed beyond the radius 1 pias. more is charged for each kilo¬
metre or fraction of a kilometre. A stoppage of 5 min. is allowed free,
but longer halts are charged for at the rate of 1 pias. per 1/4 hr.
2. By Time (Arab, Bis-sd'a) within the town: a. On ordinary days, per hr.
or less 6 pias., at night (midnight to 6 a.m.) 8 pias.; each additional
ljt hr. 1 pias.
6. On Frid. and Sun. : from 4 to 8 p.m., 10 pias. per hr.
c. Per day (8-8) 60 pias.
3. Longer Drives.
Ghezireh Palace Hotel. .
Shubra (Kasr en-Nuzha)
'Abbdsiyeh (barrack) . .
Fum el-Khalig (island of
Tombs of the Khalifs . .
Matariyeh (Heliopolis) .
Pyramids of Gizeh . . .
Bakshish, 5-10 per cent of the fare. — Complaints, with the number
of the cab and the time, should be lodged at the police-office (p. 26); but
as a general rule the mere mention of the dreaded police ('karakdi') is
sufficient to reduce the drivers to reason. "
The Carriages supplied by the larger hotels are better and cleaner
but also dearer than the ordinary cabs.
Donkeys (comp. p. xviii), per short ride in the city 1-2, per hr. 3-4 pias.,
half-a-day, 8-12, for a day's excursion 15-25 pias. As at Alexandria,
donkeys are becoming less and less fashionable in Cairo; but they are
still indispensable for those who wish to study Oriental life in the narrow
streets of the Arabian quarters, with their bazaars and mosques. For
visits to the Tombs of the Khalifs and the Mamelukes, to the view-points
on the Windmill Hills and the Mokattam Hills, and similar excursions,
donkeys offer this advantage over cabs, that they can go everywhere, while
the bridle-paths are much less dusty than the carriage-roads. These
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