Tahrir Square, Egypt’s Newest Tourist Draw

LAST October, on my final day in Cairo after a yearlong stay, I walked across the Kasr el-Nil Bridge toward Tahrir Square, stopping for a moment to take in the view. Though the Nile was, as always, a lovely sight, it was still hard to ignore the broken glass and cigarette butts beneath my feet, and the tired, worn faces of the young Egyptians standing near me.

On Feb. 21, I crossed that bridge again, 10 days after Hosni Mubarak resigned as president. The scene could not have been more different. The bridge was spotless. Small plastic wastebaskets, many with the word “Facebook” taped on them (an homage to the role the social media site played in Egypt’s revolution) were tied to each street lamp. I slid my hand along the shiny hunter-green and silver railings, marveling that even the curbs had received new coats of black-and-white paint to prevent illegal parking — courtesy of the protesters

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Revolution: "One more reason to visit Egypt"

CAIRO (Reuters) - Young Egyptians have launched an "Egypt is Safe" campaign, students are cleaning up national monuments and drivers now take visitors around Cairo's Tahrir Square as an attraction, anything to get the tourists back.

Sites around the great pyramid at Giza, a Wonder of the Ancient World, the Sphinx and the cemetery at Sakkara have been nearly empty of tourists since a revolt started a month ago that ousted Hosni Mubarak, and now Egypt wants visitors to return.

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