The Western Desert

Tobruk Travel Blog

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Continuing to follow the coast we head for the Egyptian coastal resort of
Mersa Mutrah today. Travelling via the town of Tobruk, a name
synonomous with the struggle for the supremacy of North Africa during
the Second World War.

We to stop and visit one of Australian war cemeteries, a poignant reminder of Libya’s more recent history. We have two Australians with us whose Grandfathers fought here in the Western Desert. Although there is no one around and the gate is locked we hop over the low wall to pay our respects.

Nothing much remains of old Tobruk as it was mostly reduced to rubble
during the famous battle and was part of the campaign that changed the
course of the war for the British and Commonwealth Forces.

We bypass the city and have to join the line for the border crossing into Egypt. After a couple of hours or so
we continue along the coast, to the small town of Mesa Matruh,
encircling a charming bay overlooking the turquiose waters of the

Once an important port for Greek pilgrims travelling to
consult the oracle at Siwa, the town today is a summer retreat on the
road to Alexandria.

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Mersa Matruh
Mersa Matruh
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Rommels Cave
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