Wednesday, June 13, 2012


As dirty, dusty and crazy as Cairo is, Alexandria is a breath of fresh air.  Smaller, nicer, cleaner and very pleasant, a favorite of mine.  Our hotel was right on the water and located near the new library. The library was opened in 2002 and is beautiful, functional and worth a visit.  Lots to see and do here in Aledxandria.

The view from my hotel balcony looking east.

The Crillon Hotel view looking west along the corniche.

Fishing boats in harbor.

Fort Qaitbey, a harbor fort built in 1480 on the sight of the old lighthouse.

Courtyard in the renovated Fort.

View of the harbor and city from the fortress tower.

Inside the walls, a view of the fortress.

Drinking fountain, cool water in these ceramic pots in the shade.

The amazing Alexandria libary, functional and beautiful.
And sadly, so unlike our new Seattle library.

Tons of natural light, 12 floors, 8 million volumes.
Three museums, four specialized libraries, a conference center and
over a dozen exhibitions make this a great place to visit.

Pompey's Pillar.  We also toured the Catacombs of Kom Ash-Shuqqafa,
the Roman Amphitheatre and the Alexandria National Museum.

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