Our last excursion began with a 6:00 a.m. wake up call for day trip to Alexandria. I was so very glad to be back with our original guide, Amr! En route to Alexandria, we stopped off at a rest house (similar to an upscale truck stop in the US). Upon entering the restroom, I was swarmed by a group of Egyptian schoolgirls very eagar to talk to me and show off their English. They were so very cute and typical of all Egyptians I encountered...very nice and welcoming.
|Lighthouse of Alexandria|
|Citadel of Quaitbay|
As always, my favorite part was just seeing how people live and go about their daily activities.
|Fishing boats on the Mediterranean Sea|
For lunch, Amr introduced us to Egyptian pizza. It was quite tasty and very different from American or Italian pizza. It was similar to a calzone filled wtih beef, cheese and veggies but wrapped in a very thin dough.
One of the things you quickly learn when traveling is to give up the attachment you have to cleanliness in eating establishments. At least he was wearing a cap and there was a hand sink.
For dinner that night, Lee and I headed to a Lebanese restaurant I read about on a travel site. The restaurant was on the other side of town so we had to negotiate a good rate with the taxi pimp. Shortly after our arrival, our waiter came to the table and said I had a phone call! Imagine my surprise when the person on the other end was Amr...he just wanted to make sure we made it to the restaurant safely...how absolutely wonderful was that!
Dinner was terrific as was the service. However, nothing compared to the service of our taxi driver as he was waiting outside for us when we walked out of the restaurant! He said he wanted to make sure we had a ride back to the hotel when we were finished with dinner...and the meter was NOT running! What a fabulous final evening in Egypt!