Cairo, Nov 26: A few metres away from Tahrir Square, where protesters are gathering for the eighth day, calling for Egypt's military rulers to hand over power to civilian leaders, tourists are still flocking to Cairo Museum despite the recent unrest.
The museum remains open and tourists from around the world are continuing to visit. Maryoun Etche, a tourist from Germany said she was not afraid of being in Cairo.
"In Germany all people phoned us and (said) don't go to Cairo, do not go to Cairo, because every day in the news there are terrible things and we told them why not?" A Swiss tourist, Nilse Shoniman, was impressed with what the museum had to offer. "So many things to see. We would have liked to spend three, four days to watch it."
The most recent clashes began as protesters returned to the square calling for the military to hand over power immediately to a civilian government.
Among their complaints was the ruling generals were no different than the regime of deposed President Hosni Mubarak and that they had run the economy into the ground.
Egypt's military rulers on Friday asked a Mubarak-era prime minister to head the next government, according to state television, a choice which will almost certainly intensify criticism of the generals by tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Tahrir Square to demand they immediately step down.