Apr. 9 Fri.
On leave all day - left Mena at 9 a.m. – called on French Scout President – Caught 1.30 p.m. train to Barrage (10 miles) & went across the Nile Bridges there – locks & sluice gates great feats of engineering skill and very interesting - walked through the beautiful gardens there & also looked over the Museum in them, containing working models of bridges, locks, & sluice gates. – Returned to Cairo about 5.30. p.m., had tea, followed by walk round Cairo including Esbekieh Gardens. Returned to Mena at 11 p.m. – Day cost me about 30 piastres.