In the early 1800s, in letters home, Sophia Poole describes the street of Cairo as generally narrow (5 to 10 feet wide) and unpaved. Though some streets were as little as 4 feet wide and a few could be forty or fifty feet wide.
– source: The Englishwoman in Egypt by Sophia Poole 1846
Wow, interesting! I wonder at what point in time they began to pave the roads? The first chapter of my first novel was set in Cairo!