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Alexandria Local History

Situated on the Mediterranean Sea, with Lake Mariout only two kilometres inland one will find the city which is a commercial and economic center. Alexandria is known to be an important tourist resort with a waterfront which is 20 kilometers long, serving the rich and the middle class of Cairo.

Alexandria was known to be the leading cultural centre of the world, because people of different religions and philosophical orientations were living in Alexandria. Alexandria was famous for its library, because in the 3rd century BCE, it was said to contain more that 500,000 volumes. Alexandria was also renowned for the Lighthouse of Pharos.

The Mouseion, situated in Alexandria was a centre of research which had laboratories and observatories. The first biblical studies that were made was done in Alexandria. Alexandria's architecture could compare with Athens and Rome at that time.

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Hands Located opposite Carrefour, Hands is an excellent place for children to make their own crafts/bread etc. Situated in a lovely garden with some animals
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Alexandria Shopping

Flea markets or shops is the best place to be if you wanting to bargain for the good quality tourist souvenirs. If one is interested in buying papyrus, first shop around. Papyrus comes in 4 different types of qualities. While looking for papyrus one will find that the worst quality is the most attractive, whereas your best qualities have to many colours. Always choose the ones you like the best especially when it comes to be the crude quality, whereas the colourful ones are the best.

A tip: Papyrus should not have painting lost or anything starting to peel. Shopping for food can be very exciting. The food prices are normally posted in Arabic and they are fixed. when buying food bargaining is not involved or necessary, so you get to buy as much as you want, as long as you show the vendors or shopkeepers your money.

You will find your local grocery store on nearly every street. Here you willl find preserves, canned goods, cheese, bread and soda pop even staples at government fixed prices. The bakeries also supply various types of pastries and bread but alll at a fixed price.

Alexandria Activities

Luxor - It is built on the ancient city of Thebes. Many people visit the beautiful monuments of Luxor, Karnak, Hatshepsut and Ramses III for thousand of years. The Luxor Temple was built by the Pharaoh Amenhotep III between 1390 to 1352BC.The Temple of Karnak is a magnificent series of monuments that was the main place of worship in Theban times.

It can be divided in the Amun /temple Enclosure, which is the largest, on the south side the mut Temple Enclosure and the Montu Temple Enclosure. The main attraction is the Tutankhamun, which many people come to see from all over the world.

Luxor is very accessible from Cairo by buses or trains which runs each day.

Alexandria Parks & Gardens

Antoniadis Gardens - Here you will find a collection of statues which was built according to the Greek style. The statues with the beautiful trees and flowers are so intriguing it makes you want to enjoy the view the entire day. The Antoniadis palace and its park are constructed as the Palace of Versaille.

The Shallalat Gardens - This is an uneven park which consists of small hills, valleys and beautiful small streams but most of all it features an artificial pond.

The International Garden - Situated at the entrance of the desert road here one will find several cultural and recreational activities, gallleries, water sports and restaurants.

Alexandria Beaches

Alexandria has wide smooth sand beaches. Situated from east to west one will find the beaches as follows: Maamoura, Montazah, Mandara, Assafra, Miami, sidi Bishr, San Stefano, Gleem, Stanley, Roushdy, Sidi Gabber, sporting, Ibrahimieh, Shatby. Situated to the West of the city one will find the Agami and Hannoville beaches which are equipped in such a way that they offer entertainment places and touristic services such as commercial centers and hotels.

Aida Beach - This is one of the best beaches to visit in Alexandria. Situated just 77 kilometers from Alexandria, here one will find the ideal beach for the entire family. There is the Aida Beach Hotel, where one can go to have lunch around the pool or just relax in the sun. There are facilities on site.

Al Kanaria - Situated just 179 kilometers from Alexandria.

Al Rowad - Situated just 67 to 68 kilometers from Alexandria.

Alexandria children's activities

Luxor - It is built on the ancient city of Thebes. Many people visit the beautiful monuments of Luxor, Karnak, Hatshepsut and Ramses III for thousand of years. The Luxor Temple was built by the Pharaoh Amenhotep III between 1390 to 1352BC.The Temple of Karnak is a magnificent series of monuments that was the main place of worship in Theban times.

It can be divided in the Amun /temple Enclosure, which is the largest, on the south side the mut Temple Enclosure and the Montu Temple Enclosure. The main attraction is the Tutankhamun, which many people come to see from all over the world.

Luxor is very accessible from Cairo by buses or trains which runs each day.

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