Mercure Romance Alexandria
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... beautiful and are open to the public. There are even a couple of hotels on the property now.
Our hotel, Hilton, was not too far from the Palace. It was recently purchased by the Hilton group and they finished renovating it 3 days ago. The hotel is very beautiful and the staff were very attentive. The floors were all marble, even in our room.
Bill and I took full advantage of the large, comfortable bed. I was feeling ...
... influences. We saw the fort of Alexandra that used to be the lighthouse of Alexandria. We saw some catacombs that were discovered when a donkey fell through a crack in the plaza. We went to an area of ruins that contained pompeii's pillar and saw some of the side streets that really displayed he abject poverty of the area. ...
... and places to see the pyramids. We also went to the Temple (built for the mummification of those buried in the pyramids) that led to the Sphinx. It is amazing to think that these were built in 2500 BC. This site is so much closer to Cairo than you would think.
We all survive the vendors and head to lunch (now dinner) which is at the Mena Hotel with views of the pyramids. The food was very good and they had restrooms.
... not get Egyptian Pounds just before we left or off the ship. (Personally though I probably wouldn't worry).
On we strolled and got off the beaten track somewhat on our walk back. It was interesting to say the least and felt quiet safe walking these back streets as people would wave and say hello. Cheeky little kids would come up and ask your name and then go running off saying something in Arabic.
In summary it was ...
The ship docked early in Alexandria and we were ready to meet our group at 6:30am outside the terminal. The line to get through security was very slow, but we were on the mini bus by quarter to seven, and setting off for Cairo. The traffic was very heavy in town with many lanes crossing each other, and people crossing anywhere. We took the Desert Highway to Cairo. The guide told us that the only view used to be sand, but now there is a lot of building along the ...
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