Alex, here we come!! and top me up with more Stella!

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Arriving at Alex!

Again, we must get up 6am and leave Cairo around 7.30, right after breakfast as it's 3 hours drive from Cairo to Alexandria. The itinerary is more relaxed for today and less as the journey itself has already consumed lots of time for the return trip. We reached Alex around 10.30 and headed directly to Karmouz(it's on the east of Alexandria) a place called Kom El-Shouqafa, there it lies "Catacomb" which means underground tunnels it's one of the oldest tombs in Egypt that was discovered in 1900. It looked like a dwell, on it side there's 99 steps of spiral stairs down. Legend has it, it was found by a donkey who accidently step on this pit and it turned out to be a discovery of the tomb.

Mediteranian Sea
There were sarcophagus and some burial chambers, it was believe that it was a like killing field back then in this place where thousands of people were killed and buried. I felt goosebumps all over when I heard the story and imagine what was this place like. Despite this, there's carving about how much of greek influence this tomb, on the wall with egyptian gods, like Anubis(god of death) dressed in Greek costume also Medusa were all over the wall. There's carving about how they will tell you if you will go to heaven or hell, which illustrated by a weigh scale, that they place your heart on one scale and the other one they put feather, you will go to heaven if your heart is lighter than feather. I know, almost impossible it seems. It was illustrated when King Tut facing his judgement day and it shows that his heart was indeed lighter than the feather.
Montazah Palace
Not difficult to predict that as he is known by his wisdom and how good he was rulling egypt at that time.

Second stop of Alex, we went to visit Montazah Palace, it lies facing the mediteranian sea. Royal family normally visit this palace during summer time. We couldn't enter the palace though, so we just admire the palace from outside.

Third stop was Alexandria Library which is believed as the biggest library in the whole Middle East. It was carefully designed as if ever fire happens, the metal curtain from each pillar inside the library will automatically come out and protect the whole section of books from fire. Right outside from the library there's Planetarium that shapes like a dome.

Fourth stop, Seafood lunch, it was so so, the prawn and squid was not too bad but the portion is too small.

In front of Montazah Palace
And I'm not a big eater too haha, so imagine if you are, it feels like you didn't eat anything :)

Fifth stop, no more stop lol. we were heading back to Cairo passing by Mediteranian sea, like a corniche in the heart of Alex. Enjoying sea breeze came towards us as it was a lullaby then I easily snooze on my nap.

That evening as it was our last night we all went to local cafe and sipping local beer, called "Stella" I know you might probably mistake it with the famous "Stella Artois" but they're different!! you can tell directly from the bottle, the egytptian stella is big, like Absolut vodka lol. It was quite tasty and it was served very cold. mmmm perfect chilled beer! Smoked some shisha too, not too much though, i against smoking basically haha!! We had dinner in some local place, like kebab then head back to the hotel.

Our trip has officially ended. It was an interesting journey and to be up close and personal with egyptian history is definately a precious experience in my life.

 

 

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Arriving at Alex!
Arriving at Alex!
Mediteranian Sea
Mediteranian Sea
Montazah Palace
Montazah Palace
In front of Montazah Palace
In front of Montazah Palace
Trying my luck nibble on huge rock…
Trying my luck nibble on huge roc…
Montazah Palace from a distance
Montazah Palace from a distance
Mediteranian sea on the back
Mediteranian sea on the back
Not contemplating, though it may s…
Not contemplating, though it may …
Alexandria library
Alexandria library
this is the pillar where when ther…
this is the pillar where when the…
Planetarium outside the library
Planetarium outside the library
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