An Afternoon in Alexandria, Egypt

Our approach to Alexandria on the Nile Delta was delayed, so it was early afternoon by the time our ship – Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas – docked and we were given clearance to go ashore.

Our first view of Alexandria, with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina centre stage

Our first view of Alexandria, with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina centre stage

Entering Alexandria's Western Harbour

Entering Alexandria’s Western Harbour

Ras el-Tin Palace

Ras el-Tin Palace across the Western Harbour

From just outside the port gates, we took a rather rustic horse and carriage into the centre of town. It was a great way to enter this historic country, but Rich’s allergies suffered for the rest of the day!

On the way into town

On the way into town

IMG_3158Bidding farewell to our rather dusty transportation, we made a beeline for the famous Bibliotheca Alexandrina, only to discover it was still closed for lunch. Alas, this wasn’t to be the last instance that day where timing wasn’t on our side.

The landward side of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

The landward side of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

An Ancient Egyptian statue near the entrance to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

An Ancient Egyptian statue near the entrance to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

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The infinity pool on the seaward side of the library

The reflecting pool on the seaward side of the library

Alexandria Planetarium, with the library in the background

Alexandria Planetarium, with the library in the background

We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around the centre of Alexandria on foot.

Sheep penned up on the side of the street

Sheep penned up on the side of the street

An interesting park and column in the centre of Alexandria

An interesting park and column (not Pompey’s Pillar) in the centre of Alexandria

A mosque? An apartment block? Or perhaps both?

A mosque? An apartment block? Or perhaps both?

At Kom-al-Dikka we saw our first ruins in Egypt… which were Roman!

Roman ruins in Egypt!

Roman ruins in Egypt!

IMG_3195We gradually wound our way back to the grand square called Midan Saad Zaghloul. From there we followed the shore of the Eastern Harbour around to Fort Qaitbey.

Saad Zaghloul Pasha statue in Midan Saad Zaghloul

Saad Zaghloul Pasha and Cleopatra looking out to sea from Midan Saad Zaghloul

Alexandria's Eastern Harbour

Alexandria’s Eastern Harbour

The Eastern Harbour, with the Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque on the right and Fort Qaitbey on the right

The Eastern Harbour, with the Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque on the left and Fort Qaitbey on the right

View across the Eastern Harbour to Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque

View across the Eastern Harbour to Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque

Looking across the Eastern Harbour towards Fort Qaitbey

Looking across the Eastern Harbour towards Fort Qaitbey

Monument to The Unknown Soldier

Monument to The Unknown Soldier

King of Mango!

King of Mango!

Fort Qaitbey was built in the 1480s on the site of Alexandria’s Pharos Lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Infuriatingly, the fort was just closing as we arrived.

IMG_3216IMG_3219We did, however, get to see an enthusiastic and energetic parade on the causeway leading up to the fort.

IMG_3221With the Sun starting to set, we cut through the Ottoman District (Anfushi), past the gorgeous Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque. The sights, sounds and smells of this residential part of Alexandria were like nothing I’ve experienced before or since.

Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque

Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque

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Ottoman District (Anfushi) of Alexandria

Entering the Ottoman District (Anfushi) of Alexandria

Egyptian funfair!

Egyptian funfair!

We had a wonderful day in Alexandria, but barely scratched the surface of the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’ . Hopefully, I’ll be able to return one day and delve much deeper!

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8 Responses to An Afternoon in Alexandria, Egypt

  1. cyardin says:

    Awesome photos, looks like a bucket list destination addition.

  2. Amazing pics – thanks for showing ’em!

  3. I’ve been to Alexandria. It reminded me more of Greece than Egypt with that beautiful architecture. I think we stopped here on our way to the Valley of the Kings. Loved reading this and your photos!

  4. restlessjo says:

    It looks a really interesting city, Jaspa 🙂

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