Eid in Alex
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Alexandria is a city of legends and myths. Shown to him in a dream by
Homer, it was founded in 331BC by Alexander the Great and intended
to link the two great empires of the Pharoahs and the Greeks. The city soon became a crossroads for trade and culture and a centre for art and
philosophy, culminating in the foundation of the famous library.
Home to Ptolemy and Cleopatra and the site of one of the 7 wonders of
the ancient world, the Pharos lighthouse. Today the main focus of the
city lies in the long waterfront and the central area known as Ramla and
this morning we take a tour of this unusual city.
Quait Bey, built in the 1480’s on the site of the ancient lighthouse. Some
of Egypt’s finest architecture is on show at the 2nd century A.D.
catacombs of Al-Shogafa, evidence that the worship of the ancient gods
carried on way past the era of the Pharaohs. We also visit the fine white
marble Roman theatre.
It is Eid al Adha when we arrive into Alexandria and the people are in celebratory mood.Streets are filled with fun fairs and attractions and animals are penned everywhere. Eid al Adha is the feast of sacrifice.Supposedly commemorating Abrahams willingness to Sacrifice Ismael his son as a sign of obedience to God.
Here in Alexandria it would appear that they celebrate the old fashioned way with animal offerings but I don't tell any of my fellow travellers who seem oblivious as to the fate of the animals.
We finish are evening in Alex at the Windsor Park Hotel. Dinner in the Chinese restaurant which was very nice and finishing with a beer in the bar where the old black and white movie Ice Cold in Alex was shot.