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Glimpses and Images of Alexandria and Cairo - Egypt
Images of the Alexandria PromenadeClick thumbnail to view full-size
A beautiful piece of real estate, reminding one of the Queen's Necklace in Mumbai. The deep blue waters of the Mediterranean add a surrealistic tinge to the surroundings. The only eyesores are the the old and aging buildings which don't look as if they belong there. Beautiful Streetlights, a natural but rocky beach, a man made beach under a bridge and superfast cars whizzing by on the road add to the effect, .
One amazing aspect of Alexandria was how couples were moving around freely. I mean all the girls and boys were dressed appropriately, but they were holding hands, gazing into each others eyes on the promenade hit home the fact that how progressive Egypt seemed. It's a different story now!!
The promenade or Corniche ( As it is called), is a very safe place. I have seen women moving around (in Burkha's/scarves) at 12 am, without fear. There aren't too many places in this world where one can see this kind of safety and freedom.
The old market in Alexandria was crowded, with narrow lanes and shops hanging on both sides (kind of reminded me of the markets in India !). The moment of the day was the shopkeeper proudly displaying his wares and telling me that they were from India... (i was too scared to ask him which country I looked from!!)
The Bibliotheca and Museum - The Great Library at Alexandria - EgyptClick thumbnail to view full-size
Library of Alexandria - Bibliotheca Alexandrina
This architectural marvel deserves special mention. The library or the Bibliotheca in Alexandria is truly a temple of worship of knowledge and the past. It is beautifully designed, with lovey seats for people who want to read and online access to a huge number of books. Their official site is at http://www.bibalex.org. and its a real treasure trove of information. We spent about 3-4 hrs in there and some of the images as seen from our eyes are placed above, but, there is a lot more to see and learn!
Cairo - The Capital of Egypt
Need anything be said of Cairo and the Nile. Just enjoy the pictures and various sights of Cairo, including the pyramids. The city is a strange mix of tradition and development. The old crumbling buildings tell their own story wherreas the clogged roads, with the latest cars and flyovers tell a different one.
The light and sound show at the Pyramids is very smooth and well done, giving us a glimpse into the past. It starts at about 6 in the evening. A word of advice- If you want to see the pyramids from inside, I suggest you go in the morning or latest by 1300 hrs. Going later will allow you to see the pyramids and the Light/sound show without any break. Going in the morning will tire you out.
The second must do is to have a leisurely lunch, either in a restaurant along the Nile or take a boat cruise. The boat cruises start at around 2000 hrs. A walk to Tahrir square is also recommended. The people are friendly and there are all the worlds largest retailers like Carrefour present there.