232 Route 3.
without sugar 20, 'Stambuli' coffee 40 paras copper. — Outside the Euro¬
pean cafes are usually congregated a number of Shoeblacks ('Boyeh' i. e.
'colour' in Turkish), a lively but sometimes too importunate fraternity,
who jabber a few words in several of the European languages. Shoe-cleaning
10 paras in silver. The negroes always seem specially anxious to have
their boots well polished.
Honey Changers, Arabic Sarrdf (comp. p. 4), who endeavour to
attract customers by rattling their money, are to be found in every street.
Although it is very desirable always to be well provided with small
change, the traveller is cautioned against dealing with these people until
he is thoroughly conversant with all the coins. He should also be on his
guard against spurious piastres. The usual exchange for a Napoleon is 154
piastres current, and for a franc 7 piastres and 10 paras.
Bankers (comp. p. 3). S. Miiller, in the Rosetti Garden; Bank of
Egypt, Rondpoint du Mouski; Cridit Lyonnais, at the Egyptian Post Office ;
Banque Ottomane; Banque Anglo-Egyptienne; Suares. The chief Alexandrian
firms (p. 206) also have branch-offices at Cairo. English circular notes
and French banknotes always realise the best exchange.
Consulates (comp. p. 6). The consuls general have their chief of¬
fices at Alexandria, but most of them reside at Cairo in winter. American,
Mr. Comanos; secretary, Mr. Walmass. — British (PI. 18), in the Ezbekiyeh;
Mr. Borg. — Austrian (PI. 21), in the Ezbekiyeh; consul, Hr. Neumann. —
Belgian, in the Ezbekiyeh; M. Franquet. — Danish, in the Rosetti Garden;
Hr. Schulz. — Dutch, near the Muski, in the narrow street leading to the
Hotel du Nil; consul, Hr. Fabricius. —French (PI. 19), in the Ezbekiyeh;
consul, M. Lequeux; secretary, M. Eymar. — German (PI. 20), in the Quar-
tier Isma'iliya; consul, Hr. Martens; secretary, Hr. Wilhelm. — Greek, in
the Place de l'Opera; consul, M. Rhalli. — Italian, in the Place de l'Opera;
consul, Sign. Venanzi. —Persian, in the Ezbekiyeh; consul-general, Hadji
Mohammed Khan; secretary, Mirza 'Ali Effendi. — Russian; vice-consul,
M. Gre'goire d'Elie. — Portuguese; M. Caprara. — Swedish; Hr. Borg.
Carriages, generally good, and with two horses, abound at Cairo.
The principal stand is to the right of the entrance to the Muski, and
there are others in the Ezbekiyeh, near the Hotel d'Orient, and in the
Place 'Abidin, near the offices of the minister of finance. The new tariff
of 1882 is never strictly adhered to. For a short drive the usual fare is l-l'/a
fr. ; for >/«-l hr. 2-3 fr.; for a whole day 20 fr., or for the better carriages
25 fr. — The following are the fares for the principal drives and excur¬
sions in a carriage and pair: —
J Destination francs fee
Rail. Station . . .
— with luggage .
Rail. Station at Bu¬
lak ed-Dakrur .
Bulak (Museum) .
Shubra Garden. .
Shubra Avenue, as
far as Kasr en-
polis , Virgin's
Fumm el-Khalig .
Kasr en-Nil (start¬
ing-point of Nile
Steamers) . . .
Kasr el-'Ain . . .
Old Cairo (Masr
of Roda) ....
Atar en-Nebi. . .
Pyramids of Gi¬
zeh, 2 persons .
Pyramids of Gi¬
zeh, 4 persons
These fares include the return-journey, except in the case of the rail¬
way stations and the Kasr en-Nil.
When, however, a' drive of any length is contemplated, the traveller
had better enquire of the landlord or manager of his hotel as to the