Travel

Alexandria

By on October 29, 2016

Here I am in Egypt! WOW!!

I had a few funny encounters.  One of them was at the airport where a man asked me if I was from Egypt (I said no, Canada) then he asked if maybe I was originally from Egypt and just moved to Canada (No), then he asked if my parents were from Egypt. (Also no)  He finally just said I really look Egyptian.  Whatever that means.

I booked a quick little tour out to Alexandria and turns out it was just me. And a guide. And a driver. Excellent.

My guide Ibrahim had very long arms.  It was handy for selfies.

My guide Ibrahim had very long arms. It was handy for selfies. (And hugs). JUST KIDDING TOM.

We covered a lot of stuff in the first day. We checked out the catacombs that used to hold over 400 bodies. We also checked out the underground baby library with shelves built into the walls.

This is where they had to move the books because the romans were thinking about burning down the big library(which they did).  They also burned this one down too.  But its in stone, so the library is still here, just the books are gone.

This is where they had to move the books because the romans were thinking about burning down the big library(which they did). They also burned this one down too. But its in stone, so the library is still here, just the books are gone.

Alexandria was conquered by the Romans and so they built some stuff here that looks a lot like the stuff you will find in Italy. Like the amphitheatre above.

My excellent guide took me out for a local lunch experience. There was no menu, and he picked out the fish we would be eating and then the food arrived and filled up the table. All for both of us for $20.

Pick out a couple fish and speak something in Arabic and out comes a delish lunch with all the fixings.

Pick out a couple fish and speak something in Arabic and out comes a delish lunch with all the fixings.

When touring around the Citadel, there were a lot of local school kids there. A group of girls came up to me and asked me to take a picture. Turns out they wanted a pic with me. And then I got asked again. And again. Ibrahim said this is because I looked like a tourist. So the next time someone asked for a pic, I made sure I got one too on my camera.

this is me trying to pretend I'm cool with people asking for pics with me. Also that hair is not a wig.

this is me trying to pretend I’m cool with people asking for pics with me. Also that hair is not a wig.

In the evening after the huge lunch, we went out to the King of Mango for dinner. The serve fresh fruit bowls and fresh fruit smoothies.

Yeahhhhh, I'll have the thing like 4 lines down.  Actually just ordered a mango strawberry juice and it was quite refreshing.

Yeahhhhh, I’ll have the thing like 4 lines down. 

Yes, it tasted as good as it looks.

Yes, it tasted as good as it looks.

On the way back to the hotel we hit a cafe for shisha and tea.

I basically felt the same after smoking it for an hour.

I basically felt the same after smoking it for an hour. Bummer.

Today we checked out the big palace where the king of Egypt used to entertain guests. We also went to the Biblioteca Alexandria. This building replaces the originally library that was burned down(by the goddam Romans) in 300AD.

I could have spent 5 hours in this place just enjoying the book smell.

I could have spent 5 hours in this place just enjoying the book smell.

Beverages

Its really just fun to check out the different kinds of beverages you can buy in the supermarket.  Especially since none of those beverages are alcohol.

So they had other brands of water, but really, which one was I going to buy?

So they had other brands of water, but really, which one was I going to buy?

This is Schweppes pomegranate with real fruit chunks in case you cant read Arabic.  And if you see it you should buy it.

This is Schweppes pomegranate with real fruit chunks in case you cant read Arabic. And if you see it you should buy it.

Check this out:

Hmmm, my name has 2 Rs.....I think this is crap.

Hmmm, my name has 2 Rs…..I think this is crap.

Tomorrow we start the official tour of Egypt and we are off to see some pyramids and something about riding a camel.

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6 Comments
  1. Reply

    Auntie Sheila

    October 29, 2016

    What an adventure – Egypt! Wow. I don’t doubt they thought you were Egyptian (except you didn’t have all the gold jewelry on as Elizabeth Taylor had on), because you do have a very dark tan. You may want to mention the detail that, not only are you Canadian, but your descent is French Canadian. And, like your Dad, most Frenchies are on the dark side, hair and ability to tan.

    Pyramids, camels and deserts tomorrow. Oh my!

  2. Reply

    Tom

    October 29, 2016

    Well I can claim to be a clever person with a noble personality……or if I stick to just boring old Tom turns out I just eat too much.
    Frank Thomas Out
    PS Back off Mr Long Arms

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      Auntie Sheila

      October 29, 2016

      Lol Tom. Mr Long Arms.

  3. Reply

    Kate

    October 30, 2016

    Alexandria sounds really interesting. I only explored Cairo before heading off down the Nile.
    Have fun xx

  4. Reply

    Mom

    October 30, 2016

    Another very interesting and entertaining post. Great to have your very own driver and guide – guess touring in Egypt is not a popular thing to do. Can’t wait for the pics of the camel ride! Stay safe and have fun! Love you!

  5. Reply

    Kim (Lolita)

    October 30, 2016

    Everywhere you have been is soooo cool! Each place better than the last!! ??❤❤

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