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Alexandria

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  • Day128

    Alexandria, Egypt

    April 21 in Egypt

    Today we saw Alexandria, Egypt the way the locals see it. While we were in the Valley of the Kings, Chuck had an eye issue develop. His right eye suddenly had lots of floaters on one side. We waited to see if they would clear up and when they did not, he went to the medical center onboard. While the doctor onboard did not see anything obvious, he could not check for a detached retina. Since we have two sea days coming up, today Viking arranged for us to be picked up by a driver who took us to an ophthalmologist in Alexandria. Our driver Mohamed took wonderful care of us as he got us to the doctor, translated questions and answers, took us to the pharmacy and then delivered us back to the ship. It was fascinating in the waiting room. A child was there whose eye had swollen shut. Another kid looked as though he had been kicked in the eye by a horse. And while we all waited to be examined, we looked at a TV screen that showed a live feed of pilgrims circling the Ka’aba at Mecca. It was great. The young ladies working at the front desk all giggled demurely when I commented, through Muhammad’s translation, that I loved the many different, beautiful ways they had tied their head scarves. All is well and there are no serious issues. Just more floaters for a while. Everyone from Viking and in Alexandria was absolutely wonderful to us.Read more

  • Day31

    Day 30: North to Alexandria

    April 4, 2011 in Egypt

    We arrived back in Cairo late morning after our overnight train from Luxor. Hopped onto the minibus which took us many hours north to Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast, arriving in the late afternoon.

    Our hotel was right on the waterfront, where there's a long promenade around a bay. It almost felt like being in Europe, Nice or Naples or somewhere like that. It's also a bit different demography-wise, since the large student population means attitudes are a little more liberal than in Cairo and the south - not as many women in hijabs, for example.

    Went out for a brief walk along the promenade but there wasn't much to see, plus it was a little cold and wind-swept so I retreated to my room and probably wrote several diary entries. Went out for dinner with the group to a reasonable restaurant.
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  • Day69

    My God! It's worse

    May 7, 2012 in Egypt

    Alexandria has taken over from Cairo as the dirtiest place I've seen.
    In it's defence though Egypt has had a revolution and the infrastructure has collapsed quite a bit, so rubbish collection etc is virtually non - existent.
    Another thing, the taxi drivers are just about the pushiest I've seen anywhere in the world, the almost try and drag you into their cabs, anyone on their own, especially women would be quite afraid.
    Once you get past them though if you turn down the side streets the people are very friendly. We had lots of them saying hello and waiving.
    Children were coming up to us asking our names and not one person tried to sell us anything or ask for money, which made a pleasant change, in fact one little girl offered to share her ice cream with me.
    So all in all despite being a grubby and dirty town, the Egyptian people we met were lovely.
    We are just transiting the Suez canal at this moment and it's quite impressive and totally different to the Panama canal.
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  • Day4

    Oh oh, Complaints

    May 10, 2013 in Egypt

    What is it with Royal Caribbean nowadays?
    Their entertainment standards seem to be slipping.
    Last night the act was advised as Soul Sisters and Kings of Pop, but instead of Aretha Franklin or Michael Jackson, tributes or the like.
    We got two girls and two guys from Spain who tried to sing soul in very heavy Spanish accents.
    They were actually better when they sang song's in Spanish, even though we couldn't understand the words.
    Seems like RCCL are cutting costs wherever they can.
    One saving grace is that Karl Lornie is boarding today with the Beatles Celebration tribute band and they are brilliant.
    Anyway we're in Alexandria today, which is a bit of a shit-hole, so probably won't be getting off, unless Ken wants to have a look around, as he's not been before, then I'll go with him.
    Btw, the weather has been brilliant and today we're expecting 27°so I'll be hammering the P20 sun screen.
    We got the Wigan vs Swansea result yesterday, what a disappointment, it looks like they'll be relegated which is a big shame after 9 years in the top flight.
    It's really disappointed Ken, and doubly cheesed him off as it looks like we'll not get to see the FA cup final either, because of the lack of satellite coverage or so they say.
    In my cynical opinion I think RCCL will not pay for the coverage.
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  • Day68

    Alexandria, Egypt

    May 6, 2012 in Egypt

    I love the diamond lounge, and not just for the free drinks, but for the people you meet.
    Last night I was chatting to Egbert an ex German Airforce piolet and Arthur a Scottish ex North Sea fisherman.
    Really interesting people
    Btw we are docked at the Egyptian port of Alexandria, we stopped here overnight and we leave for Suez at 3pm.
    So I think Jean and I will get off for a look at the town, which I believe is filthy.
    If it's any thing like Cairo which is just about the dirtiest place I've seen, we won't be staying long......
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Muḩāfaz̧at al Iskandarīyah, Muhafazat al Iskandariyah, Alexandria, اسكندرية, Alexandría

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