Waking Up In Alexandria
....for the second day in a row to sunshine and mild temperature was wonderful. This is the only port in this cruise that we stayed two days in one port. The reason is Cairo and the magnificent pyramids. One of the tours/excursions that the cruise ship offers is an overnight stay in Cairo to watch the light show in Giza. For many like us decided to see both Cairo and Alexandria.
I am curious about Alexandria and excited to pieces because I was baptized in and attended a Catholic church whose patron saint is St. Catherine of Alexandria. However, my husband and I did no research of the must-sees in Alexandria outside of the Library of Alexandria. We decided to go with the flow and be spontaneous in this beautiful coastal city.
At breakfast we bumped into four of our travelling companions from Cairo. After a bit of chit chats over coffee and bacon and eggs, we found out that they too didn't have any plans at all, but only wanted to check out the Library. A plan was made to have all 6 of us hire a taxi to take us to the Library. Split the cost and strength in numbers in a foreign city.
When we drove to the train station to go to Cairo yesterday I noted how clean the streets were, how fascinating the buildings were and since I was very interested in snapping as many windows shots as I could, I thought that today would be the day I would be indulging in my passion. Although the drive from the port to the Library took only about 20 minutes, I managed to snap as much windows as I could from the taxi.
Our taxi driver (we took two taxis, 3 each) was conversant in English. Well passable English. He pointed out interesting sights along the way and was very proud to inform us that this hotel is a 4-star hotel and the site of a James Bond movie. He did not specify which movie. I am not familiar with all the James Bond movies. Can someone tell if this was in a James Bond movie? Not that it's important.
The first image he said is the department where people get their divorce filed and finalized :), adding that it's crowded again :D.
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