Two Weeks in Egypt - October 2012
Day Seven: Alexandria
Sunday was offered in the original tour itinerary as a chance to return, yet again, to the El Alamein area and perhaps visit some of the inland areas where the battles had raged. This of course proved impossible for two reasons, first the ongoing security concerns in the area and second the difficulty of driving a large tour coach on substandard desert tracks. Instead, we agreed to have a quieter day in Alexandria, to visit the large citadel at the harbour entrance (Fort Quaitbay), a leisurely lunch in the harbourside restaurant and then a tour of the city.
The citadel at the entrance to Alexandria Harbour was built in 1477 by the Sultan Al Malek Quaitbay Alzahiry, on the site of the original Pharos Lighthouse. It was built to defend the town during the Crusades.
Lunch at the Fish Market
After a hot morning strolling around the Citadel we drove the short distance around the harbour to the Fish Market Restaurant. This is a highly regarded group of restaurants serving a range of classical Middle-East cuisine. Today we dined upstairs on classical Middle-eastern breads and dips followed by char-grilled chicken. Despite our collective unease at the thought of what might accompany the chicken, we were able to watch the grilling process and all agreed that the food was indeed excellent. Nobody suffered any ill effects from that meal....
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