Day Trip to Alexandria

We took the express train from Cairo Ramses Station to Alexandria.  Round-trip tickets costs 60EGP per person for second class tickets.  First class tickets are ~100EGP round-trip, but second class seating was fairly comfortable and it was only a 2-hour ride.  From the Midr station, we decided to take the public tram system to the Alexandria Museum.  The trams are creaky, old, and very slow, but it was a very fun way to take in all the local sights.  It was a fun adventure to take random trams to get to our destinations, and if you have the patience for the journey, I suggest you try it!  Tram fare is only 25 piastres (equivalent to a nickel!)

Admission to the Alexandria Museum was 35EGP.  It was a small, crowded museum but the articles were presented beautifully and chronologically (you will appreciate this when you go to the warehouse that is the Egyptian Museum in Cairo).  Different floors feature different eras of Prehistoric and Pharaonic, Graeco-Roman, and the Coptic and Islamic periods.

From the museum, we strolled along the beautiful Corniche which meets the Mediterranean Sea.  There were a lot of locals just relaxing along the water and taking in the sights, it was a very tranquil environment to observe.  We passed along various mosques and markets before stopping by Fish Market for lunch (on the west end of the Corniche).

Alexandria is well-known for having some of the best seafood restaurants in Egypt.  At Fish Market, we got to pick what fish we wanted and told them how we wanted it cooked.  The meal came with tons of salads and bread, so don’t go overboard with the seafood selections!

We continued our stroll along the Corniche to the Citadel of Qaitbey, which was built where one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, once stood.  One of the guide book said Alexandria was known for its rich history as a great city, and yet today it has nothing to show for it.  Albeit a bit harsh, this is partially true as all of its famous historic monuments have been destroyed long ago.

Also, take some time to check out the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, which is a beautiful modern library that was built where the Library of Alexandria once stood as the largest library of the ancient world.  The slanted tiered glass roof and Death Star-looking planetarium show visitors this no ordinary library!  There is also a small museum and free internet access in here if you need 🙂

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