Scenes from Alexandria, Egypt

Scenes from Alexandria, Egypt

Arriving by bus from Cairo with Jaime from BreakawayBackpacker at dusk, my first impressions of Alexandria were- loud, noisy, and chaotic. We sped to our hotel in a taxi that weaved in and out of traffic, braking sharply and honking all the way. The sigh of relief when he dropped us off at the hotel was audible and I was finally able to relax. I took some photographs from the balcony of the hotel before I drifted off to sleep, excited for the next day ahead.

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Alexandria is the second largest city in Egypt, stretching for miles along the Mediterranean sea coast. The city was founded around 331 BC by Alexander the Great.

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Alexandria was best known for the Lighthouse of Alexandria (Pharos),  its Great Library (the largest in the ancient world) and the Necropolis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages. The only plan for the day was to visit the Modern Great Library, and to wander around. Here are some photos from the Great Library and around Alexandria.

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Printing machines, as I’m fascinated with history and all old instruments.

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My favorite part of the Library was the room where all the old manuscripts were held. Definitely an incredible feeling to see these writings, hundreds of years old, still held together and lovingly under care so that we can appreciate them. I got a shiver up my spine when I looked at some of the dates. The books were rough around the edges, but some looked to be in spectacular shape and I imagined the journey they had taken to arrive at the library, how many people had touched them, preserved them, and what they thought of who would be admiring them in the future. Did they think their writings would survive? Did they wonder about us?

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Street scenes as we walked around people watching- one of my favorite things to do. The weather was perfect for a stroll, and we peeked at the locals in the trams, scurried out of the way of honking cars, and then had a wander around the water’s edge, sitting down to watch the sun fall lower into the sky as the boys fished from the water’s edge. 

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We only spent one day in Alexandria and there was so much more to see, but at least for that one day I got a glimpse into this modern day seaside town and my mind was left spinning by all of the important history here. Hopefully when Egypt calms down again you’ll be inspired to visit and absorb some of the history and the modern day life as well.