Our photographer captures life in Cairo returning to normal—but one thing that hasn't returned are the visitors


View from a mostly empty Pizza Hut restaurant located across from the Great Pyramids of Giza. Julie Dermansky

Following Egypt's revolution, Cairo has changed. Tanks are used as backdrops for family portraits as well as for security. Bakeries and cafes overflow as life returns to the streets. In the oldest part of Cairo, craftsmen have returned to work, facing many of the same problems they had before the revolution: low pay, primitive conditions, and no chance for advancement. Families visit the Agriculture Museum and shop near Tahrir Square, while continuing to participate in protests, which many vow to continue doing until the country has civilian rule.

Most tourist sites have reopened, but the tourists are only just beginning to return. For now, it's still possible to visit the pyramids at Giza and have them to yourself.