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... are the tombs of over 5,000 Italian soldiers who died here during the battles against the Allies in 1942. Nearly half of the tombs are signed 'Unknown' and this is very touching really, because so many of those young men couldn't even be recognized. Inside the Memorial there's a small museum and the Cemetery with the tombs over 200 Lybian soldiers (at those times, Lybia was an Italian colony) who fought for the Fascist Army during WWII and a ...
... outside the resort, for Europeans there's just the desert. I spent a very lazy and relaxing time sunbathing and strolling on the beach (it's sooooo long, and outside the resort the seaside gets wilder, with rocks and high waves...), and could take advantage of the village's unique position to take part in some great trips. All in all, a remarkable experience and a holiday I'd surely repeat!
22⁰C. Blue sky interspersed with light cloud. Increasing wind.
After breakfast in the ornate restaurant at 7am (huge range, although a lot more sweet pastries and not as much fruit as the last mornings) we were ready to leave at 8. Our first stop was the 2nd Century AD Kom El-Shuqafa Catacombs. It was a most amazing introduction for us to actually see hieroglyphics and Egyptian pharaonic artifacts. These catacombs were discovered when a donkey and ...
... a few houses or a business, there was a mosque. The other common things are tall thin dome shaped clay or brick structures with holes all around them & sticks sticking out. These are pigeon coops – VERY popular.
There are speed cameras along these major roads (speed limit 100km) and distance signs in Arabic alternating with English. At the tolls were signs on either side of each lane for about 50m with advertising for e.g. Pepsi, Coke, petrol ...
... plantings between each grave. I was expecting small plaques but each grave is marked with a large headstone showing name, date they died, rank and regiment. It will be nice to show Mum the photos of Billy’s grave ad to think that someone in the family has been there to pay their respects. Walked up the stairs to the top of the visitor centre for a panoramic view and photos, then stopped to look at the Aust/NZ memorial. Drove a short distance down ...
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