Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Family Home

In the villages a house is rarely a single family dwelling and if the Cairenes, or at least the older generation, are given a choice, they will build their children apartments in the same building as the parents. Visitors often remark on the many unfinished buildings in Cairo and Giza, and this multigenerational living is one of the reasons for them. The upper floor is often left unfinished until the son marries, and then it is finished for him and his bride. Daughters will often go to an apartment in the groom's parents building.

1 comment:

MsTypo said...

I noticed the other day as i drove along the ring road how nicely painted some of these unfinished buildings were. The pride of place is an interesting juxtaposition to the unfinished-ness of not only the buildings around them, but even their own edifices.

Great pic! :)

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