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A family trip to Egypt after the Arab Spring

CAIRO — “We’re going to ancient Egypt,” I overheard my son, Luca, 7, tell a friend days before our trip to Cairo and Sharm el Sheikh. We had been reading books about pyramids and mummies, the sun god Ra, and the Great Sphinx of Giza, but it was only then that I realized that I had forgotten to tell him about modern day Egypt. In a sense, though, he was right: Most tourists go to Egypt to take in its ancient wonders.

While the country has seen its share of political turbulence since the Arab Spring rocked the very foundations of Cairo, the capital, just over two years ago, tourism is once again on the rise.

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