Virtuoso Insights - August/September 2011 - 44
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Face of the nation: In historic Tahrir square, a peaceful protestor helps usher in the “new Egypt” during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution.
A New Egypt Blossoms
On January 25, 2011, the first seeds of democracy were planted in Cairo. There in Tahrir Square, what started as a gesture of civil resistance by a small group of Egyptians turned into a full-fledged revolution. Millions rose up to end the 30-year reign of President Hosni Mubarak — and spark a freedom movement that has spread across the Middle East and Northern Africa. How fitting for the country regarded as the veritable birthplace of civilization. Now the symbolic heart of the Egyptian Revolution, Tahrir Square has become a tourist hotspot. Visitors listen breathlessly to eyewitness accounts of the protests, and pose with the military soldiers now posted there. On a recent visit, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “It was very exciting and moving for me to go to Tahrir Square and to have some sense of what those amazing days must have been like.” Egypt’s awe-inspiring Virtuoso travel providers are returning as well, showcasing the dawn of the “New antiquities continue Egypt,” not to mention its peerless antiquities. To this end, the Egyptian government to beckon pilgrims from near and far. has just opened a number of recently discovered treasures, including the dog catacomb of Saqqara and the colossal statue of Amenhotep III in Luxor. AuthentEscapes has created a special “Walk Like A New Egyptian” package that includes both old sites and new, as well as the chance to meet some of those who played a pivotal role in the revolution. You’ll also enjoy the rare opportunity to dine in the home of Ms. Angela Cressaty, whose apartment overlooks iconic Tahrir Square. To witness the “New Egypt” in full bloom, contact your Virtuoso travel advisor today.