Back to the Mediterranean
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The four of us are collected from the hotel by a mini bus and we learn that we will pick up the local guide in Alexandria. Head out of Cairo and into the desert for a 214km trip to the north of Egypt. This highway is in good condition and in 3 hours we are there and meet Sam. He takes us to the Column, the Citadel (built out of the blocks from the Lighthouse that was one of the seven ancient wonders of the world), the very modern library which has the facility to have 8,000,000 books on line. Late in the afternoon we have lunch at a local cheap eats place that Sam recommends. Here, if you want fish you choose it from the table outside first. I decide to try the local delicacy of grilled pigeon and it is lovely. Initially we get plates and plates of dips and salads as complimentary starters as I see all the locals do too. On our journey to Alexandria I saw many, many dovecots along the highway built up on a raised roof on piers, built out of mud brick.
It is a good relaxing day and we have seen a very different part of Egypt situated on the Mediterranean. During the day I have been trying to contact Gulf Air to confirm our departure time the next day but have been unsuccessful, but it is Sunday.