October 2002 Trip
Day 16

Egypt Tour Day 11
Sunday, October 27th, 2002

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The day started for us when at 2:00 A.M. the hotels fire alarm went off. Being Egypt and all there was an extraordinary amount of confusion that wasn't helped any by the fact that it took 90 minutes to shut the system off so it would stay off. It would stop and then start, repeatedly. Another issue that compounded the problem was that the PA system wouldn't work when the alarm was going. They both used the same speakers and amplifier system. 

They finally started serving bottled water and orange juice to the people who were gathered in the lobby and outside. If many people were like me they didn't get much sleep for the rest of the night.

The official explanation that came around in a letter dropped off that evening was that it was "due to a misusage of a sprinkler in one of our guest rooms". A picture of the one in my room and the sign directly below it is shown to the right. It seems to me that the fact the sign is there indicates that they have had a problem like this before.

Once things settled down after the false fire alarm we took an optional extra trip to Alexandria. We drove from Cairo the almost 200 Km. to Alexandria leaving the hotel at about 8:00. We returned just after 5:00.

The rest of the day was taken up in preparing for the return home that was scheduled for tomorrow.

Alexandria was founded by and named for Alexander the Great in 332 B.C.. He lived there and I think he died there.There is a whole lot of history associated with Alexandria but perhaps the best known fact is that the Great Lighthouse or Pharos was built on the tip of Pharos island. It became one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. There is a picture below that shows where it once stood.

One of Alexandria's newest sites is the Alexandria Library.
It is the second biggest in the world (by collection size)
next to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
No pictures can really do a building like this justice. It's just
too big. It was only recently opened. (spring 2002).

One more shot of this very modern building.

The harbours used by the fishing boats with Pharos island
in the background. It's not an island any more.

Charles at the sea side.

The city curves around the harbor.

The Fortress of Kaitbay. This is the spot where the Great
Lighthouse or Pharos stood. Apparently parts of it can be
identified in the waters just off shore from here.
Egyptian drivers are really bad. Admittedly Alexandra wasn't
was not as bad as Cairo but still not good. White lines on
pavement mean nothing.

As I did the first time here I took several nighttime images of views from my hotel room in Cairo. The first time I was on the 17th floor facing generally west. This time I was on the 11th floor facing generally east.

This image would be looking towards the north with the Nile
river to the left. The street running beside the river is the
Corniche El Nil.
This view is of one of the main traffic circles in Cairo. Six
streets come together here.

Tomorrow to the airport early for the trip home. At least that was the plan.

On to Day 17.

Created December 8th and 9th, 2002.
Final Edit December 20th, 2002.