On a Neighbor’s Balcony: the Colorful Identity of the Egyptian Balcony

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A man taps his cigarette against the balcony railing, balances his qahwa turki along sparse wood. A woman flares her living room carpet over a different, iron-wrought railing three floors from him, beats the dust from its fringes. A group of children stand on tiptoe, peering down at a Harraniya street just past their family laundry; they giggle when the street vendor hollers back.

Balconies are a mundane, simple pleasure in Egypt: they are portals that marry city and home, patience and playfulness. Egyptians seek refuge high above the violent turbulence of Cairo, or the zooming straits of Alexandria in their miss-matched balconies, inviting guests into the simple overview of local stores and sweltering summer heat.

In cities particularly, where the outdoors are a scarce resource, balconies provide Egyptians with an escape and an opportunity.

Here is a visual exploration of balconies across Egypt, and the subtle beauties that carry wind from the sweeping gardens of Fayoum to the tight, cobblestone streets of al-Sayeda Zeinab.

“Washing line”; Aswan, Egypt | Photo Credit: Gerry Walden

Luxor, Egypt | Photo Credit: Esben T. on Flickr

Alexandria, Egypt | Photo Credit: Khaled M. K. Hegazy

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“At Titi’s Balcony” | Photo Credit: Yasmina Benari

“Self-portrait”; Cairo, Egypt | Photo Credit: Violet Paradise via Flickr

“Lunch on the balcony”; Dahab, Egypt | Photo Credit: Sherm on Flickr

“From the Balcony”; Cairo, Egypt | Photo Credit: Shanachie via Flickr

“The man in the balcony”; Cairo, Egypt | Photo Credit: Jasmine, YSSY

“Balconies and Bricks” Egypt | Photo Credit: Mark Gillingham

Egypt | Photo Credit: Ahmed Adel

Egypt | Photo Credit: Ahmed Adel

Cairo, Egypt | Photo Credit: Peter Gutierrez

Egypt | Photo Credit: Sherif Hosni

“a different life” Port Said, Egypt | Photo Credit: Ghada Elshazly

“A little color never harms!” Aswan, Egypt | Photo Credit: Amr Soliman

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