Photographer's Note

From most southern point in Egypt, I go to the most Northern point, a jump of more than 1000km.
We are in Alexandria and this general view from above was taken from the top floor of the hotel I was staying in, one of many placed along the corniche that you see here. As you can see the traffic is intense and the public transportation (minibuses) dominate the line: almost every white minivans that you see are full with passengers. For the tourists, besides taxis, there are also the caleches that can be seen at left bottom. However, downtown is compact enough to walk around, and along the Corniche to Fort Qaitbey (seen at right BG) makes a healthy constitutional (3550min).
The silhouette that can be seen in FG is from a light projector that I couldn't avoid.
As soon I got here, I noticed the mediterranean atmosphere that makes Alexandria diferent from any other city that I visited in Egypt.


In WS, the view to the right side of the bay.


Information from Rough Guide to Egypt book:

Alexandria, princess and whore. The royal city and the anus mundi.

Lawrence Durrell, The Alexandria Quartet

A hybrid city characterized by Durrell as the "Capital of Memory", Alexandria turns its back on the rest of Egypt and faces the Mediterranean, as if contemplating its glorious past. One of the great cities of antiquity, Alex slumbered for 1300 years until it was revived by Mohammed Ali and transformed by Europeans, who gave the city its present shape and made it synonymous with cosmopolitanism and decadence. This era came to an end in the 1950s with the mass flight of non-Egyptians and a dose of revolutionary puritanism, but Alexandria's beaches, restaurants and breezy climate still attract hordes of Cairenes during the summer, while its jaded historical and literary mystique remains appealing to foreigners.

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