walk around, Alexandria
Oh yes, you will enjoy your trip to Alexandria and walking is an experience you will treasure. I have seen people, the local young boys and girls, their parents whom you will be comfortable talking with. On our trip to Alex, we did a lot of walking from around the museum and most of the walking happened at the Fort of Qaitbay and the Corniche.
You will see in some of the photos I posted here the friendly girls who keep on talking to us while walking and going around the Fort. These girls are good example of good citizens of their country.
Favorite thing: You will see beautiful beach of Alexandria all along the corniche. Take some walk at the citadel beach area. The waves were blocked by the rocks on that area. You may sprinkled yourself with some water!!! There will be sandy beach nearby the university and library area. It will be windy there, get ready to be breeze and chill out. Beautiful waves to see.
Favorite thing: You will be excited to see the Alexandria street full of oranges during spring-summer season. They are everywhere!!!The price is acceptable too. If you are crazy for oranges like me, buy many oranges and eat on the way to your hotel or as your desert.:-))
The best time to be in Alexandria is the summer because the weather is fine and you can enjoy the beach or walking/jogging on the corniche.
When you walk during the day don't forget to wear a cap or a hat as a precaution of the sun although it is not hot as other places in Egypt, but be careful just as well.
If you visit Alexandria in winter, don't forget to take an umbrella with you because it might rain. In fact there is a schedule for winter storms you should know it to enjoy your stay. Your travel agent should advise you the times it is supposed to rain to avoid being there when the weather is not good.
If you would like to take a cab to any where in Alexandria better ask at the hotel for the taxi fare because taxi drivers tend to charge foreign passengers more than the fare suggested by the law. You can also enquire from people in the street for the fare if you intend to go to a specific place.
When you buy souvenirs go alone to the shops don't take a local guide he will not help you get a low price as you might expect and visit more than one shop to take a look at the merchandise and to know the local prices and be sure to ask for products made in Egypt because there have been some items imported from the far east countries sold alongside Egyptian hand made souvenirs. If you go alone ask the salesman for the Egyptian products and he will give you a good price.
Prices of food are low in Egypt and every thing is available so don't take canned food or drinks from your country when you come to Egypt. If you go to any supermarket or local food store you will find what you desire of soft drinks, canned food and even junk food. a tip for you, food items prices are much lower in shops than in hotel.
If you sit at a cafe and smoke a shisha be careful because it is much stronger than cigarette ! exhale a little amount first to know the feeling.
Fondest memory: Tip or Baksheesh as Egyptians call it is very common for hotel servants that carry your bags or serving food so be prepared with change of pounds with you.
If you are lost don't be embarrassed to ask for directions. Better ask at shops because they tend to know the area they work in. Write the name of the hotel on a piece of paper and take it with you in case you don't pronounce it clearly. Better ask more than one person to be sure.
Learn a few words in Arabic to use when you talk to Egyptians they are friendly people who like to know their language is respected by guests to their country. one the most famous words you should know is "Shoukran" which means "Thank you"
Favorite thing: Don't miss a beautiful walk by the peer! It's something most enjoyable, with the scent of the sea and freshness coming from the Mediterranean, and palm trees along the way. There is a lot of wind and big waves always (at least when I've been there), but it just adds to the atmosphere. It's a very relaxing and pleasurable walk.
Have a romantic walk along the beach, but don't forget to visit the well-known site of this beautiful city.
Some tips : the Roman theatre, the ruins near the Roman theathre, the al-haramlek palace and lots of other interesting place you can see on 'Must See Activities'.
Enjoy your stay !!
The winding, narrow streets of Alexandria really look like it would be challenge to navigate if one were to try to drive them selves. Especially when you throw street cars, and scads of them yellow and black taxis into the mix.
The area around Pompey's Pillar and the Catacombs looks particularly challenging. (with big tour buses thrown into the local mix of traffic on quite narrow alleys...)
Lion mummies, anyone ???
Naah, not really, I checked, this one is made of granite... Probably was the doorkeeper at some Roman fort here in Alexandria long ago...
Tho' I'm sure if you scout around you will find some pickled lions somewhere about...
It is said than when you visit Alexandria, you must try the fresh fish on the riverfront. And you know how it is.... If you must, then you must....
And so I did... I have already all over Egypt for about 10 days at that point, and figured that my stomach was impervious to their food. The famous fish of Alexandria begged to differ however.
I didnt really get falling-down food poisoned sick, though I was feeling the effects for a few days there after. (I was scheduled to go diving 2 days there after in Sharm, and it took all I had to keep that appointment.)
Once the ancient egyptians got the technique down, I do believe that they started going a bit overboard. These guys would mummify most anything...
Here is a full grown nile croc all pickled for future generations to marvel out... (What shiny nice teeth you have, Mr. Prehistoric Gator....)
We stopped at a juice stand. And bought the freshest and most delicious juice of our whole trip.
First we had mixed fruit juice which combined: pomegranate pulp, mango, banana, lime, pineapple and apple.
Then, we had a glass of fresh mango juice. Which you can also buy by the bottle!
Being Egyptin, I cannot go to Alex, without having a traditional aleaxandrian fish meal
Fondest memory: The sun set in Alexandria is a memorable seeing. To view it you need to be in the right spot. In my openion the right spot is Montazah palace. It is open for public with a certain fee. Go there with you camera, you wont regret it
Montazah Palace Beach
I have detailed much of this above, but...go to the Alexandria Museum, to get away from the frenetic modern activity and noise from mosques and enter a Greco-Roman world of serenity, beauty and civilization. And stroll along the Corniche a bit: The sea is lovely at Alexandria
The sea at Miami, one of the neighbourhoods which stretch thinly eastward from central Alex
Fondest memory: The many-coloured sea, bashing on the rocks beyond the white concrete and mostly crumbling infrastructure. Alexandria could be one of the world's prize locations.
Visit the main Alexandria Museum. Even though it pales by comparison with somewhere like the British Museum, you can feel a classical Greco-Roman peace and culture which--in all candour-- seems far superior in all respects to the frenetic and Islamic world in the crowded Alexandrian streets outside the doors.
Fondest memory: The beautiful sweep of the Corniche and the Eastern (non-working) harbour; the blue-green sea eastward from the centre of the city and harbour, smashing on the rocks beyond the crumbling white concrete infrastructure. Romantic--what a city Alexandria COULD be...
visit memorial sites such as Romans theatre, Roman museum, Kitebay citadle, Alamein graves site of 2nd. universal war wariors, enjoy beatuful beach
Fondest memory: enjoing winter sunny days, and beatful nature at Montaza Park