copy Excellent Adventures in Egypt

Enter here to share Joni's adventures living and working in Cairo courtesy of the U.S. Fulbright cultural exchange program. Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and test of our civilization. - Mahatma Ghandi

10/07/2004

Friday morning, after a hearty breakfast of eggs scrambled with basterma (a kind of salty dried beef) Eman and I played tourist. We took the local bus along the corniche to Qait Bey, a 21st century reconstruction of a 19th century reconstruction of a 15th century fortress built on the site of 4th century Roman fort - which many people believe was the original site of the Pharos Lighthouse, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. When I was here two years ago, reconstruction work was ongoing everywhere, so it was very interesting to see the work completed. The fortress sits on a peninsula that just out strategically between Alexandria's two harbors; this version was clearly designed as a defense agains invaders from the sea (like those pesky Knights Templar based on the nearby island of Malta). The complex is a warren of barracks, guard rooms and courtyards with defensive windows and turrets everywhere. We spent a couple of pleasant hours wandering around inside and strolling on top the walls, while incidentally baking like cookies in a 425 degree oven - such an unseasonably hot day. Posted by Hello

1 Comments:

At 9:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's a great pic ,by the way,i'm from Morocco ,& when i visit Egypt,i feel i'm in Morocco really.Vive le Maroc&Egypt.

 

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