Destination Alexandria

Duty calls tomorrow, this time in a place much closer to home: Alexandria.


As is our custom when travelling, we slap on the running shoes and a take a nice scenic 10K around the city to show others what the place has to offer, this time however in addition, we have a little background info from Wikipedia (link):

… the second-largest city of Egypt, with a population of 4.1 million, extending about 32 km (20 mi) along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the north central part of the country. It is also the largest city lying directly on the Mediterranean coast. Alexandria is Egypt’s largest seaport, serving approximately 80% of Egypt’s imports and exports (perfect for my profession in the shipping industry!). Alexandria is also an important tourist resort. It is home to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

The Library of Alexandria

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Historically, Alexandria was founded around a small pharaonic town c. 331 BC by Alexander the Great. It remained Egypt’s capital for nearly a thousand years, until the Muslim conquest of Egypt in AD 641, when a new capital was founded at Fustat (Fustat was later absorbed into Cairo).

Ancient Alexandria was best known for its Lighthouse of Alexandria (Pharos), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; its library (the largest library in the ancient world); and the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages.

First visit to Egypt after its presidential elections.

Should be interesting.

Stay tuned.

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