Friday, January 07, 2011

Alexandria!

I've just returned to Cairo from two amazing days in Alexandria. Fresh fish, beach, palaces, Roman ruins... Who could ask for more?
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80 comments:

  1. Hi,what is the people like?
    I have always been afraid of going to those countries.

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  2. Hi Anonymous!

    Well, I can safely say the people here are some of the friendliest and most helpful I have ever encountered! Although I may be a bit biased becauase I'm married to one of them! :)

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  3. sorry.
    maybe a lot of things I have heard about those countries are not true but I think it is the european perception we have abotut it.

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  4. Lovely pics, Talli.

    I went on a Nile cruise a couple of years ago and thought it a most interesting country, well worth a visit.

    Drifting down the Nile, with palms, sand and camels on either side and the sun above, was one of the most blissful experiences ever, and the towns we visited were full of beautiful reminders of the cultural heritage of the Egyptians.

    Liz x

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  5. I'm jelous. What a fab country and time you had. LOVE the pic of the cat. I don't know why, but I thought Egyptian cats would look different.

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  6. Looks fabulous. Just to make you feel even better I can report weather in London is abysmal. Rain, rain and more rain.

    Have fun xx

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  7. Those are beautiful. It looks amazing.

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  8. Great pics, thank you. I've wanted to go to Alexandria for years. One day...

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  9. OH WOW! Thank you for sharing! These are positively gorgeous.

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  10. I would ask for more. I would ask for the city you call home!

    Awesome photographs, Talli

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  11. I meant to say something else, then decided I didn't want to accidentally start a heated debate here. Then decided that if I am going to be more honest this year, I shouldn't be so scared.

    So Anonymous, this one is for you.

    I am an Indian from India, so presumably a person from one of those countries you should be careful in/ of. Yes, there are people who will cheat you, people who will try to make a quick buck off you, people who will be plain rude. But there will also be people who go out of the way to make you feel at home, who would help you, and be really nice to you.
    People are just people,no matter where they are. Some make you cringe, others make you proud.

    And if I sound offensive, it was not meant. I do believe people are just people.

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  12. Each picture has such a beautiful sky. Except the soup one, which is beautiful in its own way.

    I'm glad you're having such a great trip. Happy New Year!

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  13. Brilliant photographs - and that beach looks amazing as I look out at my frozen fields!

    CJ xx

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  14. Awesome pics glad you had a good time.
    Happy New Year to you.
    Yvonne.

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  15. It looks like a fantastic place. Love the photo with the cat too. At least the snows stopped here but it's soooo cold.

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  16. I missed you while you were gone but you more than made up for it with these amazing photos!!!

    I've never had a desire to visit another country (that's a lie... my husband hasn't) but this is giving me more reasons to push to get our passports to do a little traveling!

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  17. How exciting Talli, I love the pictures! Glad you're having a great trip : )

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  18. Oh what a romantic place and name!! Alexandria!! Wow!! Sun, cats, castles and I think that some kind of CRAB or monster with claws that you are eating...!! Lovely!!

    WELCOME BACK TO RAINY AND COLD AND GREY LONDON!!!
    :-)

    Take care
    x

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  19. Sorry Rayna.
    I was just trying to be honest with my fears and thoughts.
    Sure that I was wrong.

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  20. Thanks, everyone! I'm back to London on Tuesday so at least I still have a few more days of sun and relative warmth left!

    Rayna, well said. Those stereotypes are rife, although I think they're on the decline now thankfully. You're right: people are people everywhere, both good and bad. I must say that I have found people everywhere on my travels to be warm and welcoming, no matter where they are and their economic circumstances.

    Anonymous, many Europeans have fears about travel outside of their known environment. But those fears are usually perpetuated by those who don't travel!

    Thanks again all! Looking forward to getting back into the blog hop routine when I'm back next week - I miss reading blogs!

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  21. Talli it sounds like you've had an INCREDIBLE time in Alexandria! I am sooo jealous! :-) By the way, that crab soup thing looks divine!

    I hope you had a wonderful New Years and holiday season.

    ~TRA

    http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

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  22. I think the cat picture is my favorite! It looks beautiful there. I am the jealous!

    Scribbler to Scribe

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  23. Lovely pictures.

    My grandfather was based there in the war, but I've never been. It looks wonderful.

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  24. After looking at those gorgeous pictures, I only have one question.

    Why the heck did you come back?!?

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  25. Beautiful. Especially for those of us shivering in the UK and looking at the rain.

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  26. What amazing photos! I'm totally jealous! :)

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  27. Kitty! :D

    I love the pictures! So jealous. ;)

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  28. What beautiful, and inspiring, places to visit! They would move me to create, to write, to bring them to my words ...

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  29. Egypt is in my top 5 of countries to visit before I die.

    I love the picture of the cat, and really love the picture of the FOOD. My oatmeal suddenly looks very sad and unfilling.

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  30. Your photographs are amazing, filled with so much history, culture, and discovery. Thanks for sharing your wonderful vacation.

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  31. I know what more I could ask for... that stew/soup!! And, a trip there. :)

    Lovely pictures, Talli. I'm green with envy.

    Happy 2011,
    Lola

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  32. What gorgeous pics, I'm jealous!

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  33. You have given me a huge case of wanderlust. Wow! Those pics are beautiful.

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  34. I want that crab soup!!! Gorgeous pictures Talli! =)

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  35. Oh talli, those pictures are truly beautiful. thank you for sharing them with us.

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  36. That soup looked amazing! Many happy travels while you enjoy your wanderlust!

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  37. Awesome pictures! I especially love the palace one.

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  38. i want that food. I don't even know what it is, but i want it. It looks nummy

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  39. Warm & sunny -- how wonderful for you! Love the pictures & hope you're absorbing all the sun for when you return to London. Absorb the fun & sun for now! :)

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  40. These are just fantastic photos! Thanks for sharing them and welcome back!

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  41. Next time, I’m crawling in your luggage and coming along! Lol

    Those pictures are so beautiful. I’ve always been intrigued by Egyptian history and all the pharaohs, especially Cleopatra.

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  42. Lovely. One of my cousins taught in Alexandria for two years a couple of years ago. She loved it.

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  43. Wow that looks like an amazing place to visit! Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures!

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  44. Great photos! I really like the one with the kitty. Seems appropriate that any photo collection of that area would have to involve a cat somehow.

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  45. WOW, amazing photos. Thanks for sharing your trip. The sights are breathtaking.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  46. I'm so envious, Talli!
    Thanks for sharing your photos x

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  47. Holy crap Talli!! It's beautiful there! The kitty definitely made me smile. How awesome for you! Super jealous!

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  48. I love those pictures of the apartments you stayed in. Amazing! Can you send me the details?

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  49. Mama Mia, I want to go! Crab legs, sunshine, beach, and a cat?? It's like my dream vacation all in one. Glad you had an amazing time!

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  50. It's beautiful. I haven't been that interested in Alexandria from a historical POV, but it looks like an amazing place to visit. My next trip to Egypt will have to be in the north, methinks :)

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  51. Beautiful pictures!

    Hope you had a wonderful time. :)

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  52. I want to go! Weep!
    Thanks for the pics, Talli, just scrumptious!

    Best,

    Rach.
    X

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  53. Those are beautiful pictures. They bring sunshine and sand to my overcast and snowy day. Thanks!

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  54. WOW! Everything looks amazing. Thanks for sharing the photos.

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  55. Not jealous. Not jealous. Not jealous...okay, maybe a little.

    Thanks for sharing the photos. They are wonderful!!!

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  56. Can I pinch a bite of your lunch!

    Great photos!

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  57. Great photos! thanks for the tour of a place I've never been to.

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  58. Speaking as a European, I would never be worried about going to visit exciting places. After all, I moved to Cyprus, a divided island. I feel safer here than in my own homeland, the UK.

    It looks wonderful, Talli. I have found we can take day trips there! So when I am not saving for hundreds of other things, I will take a visit.

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  59. What gorgeous pictures. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :)

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  60. Oh those are beautiful! I'm seriously jealous. the farthest I've ever gotten is Canada. :D

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  61. WOW!! I've been wanting to go to Egypt for some time now...these pics make me want to book a flight ASAP! Thanks for sharing! :D

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  62. Smashing photos, Talli! The one of the sphynx below is so dramatic. Looks like you've been having a great time.

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  63. Oh Alexandria is lovely! I've never been to Egypt and have always wanted to see it. One day...

    Thanks for the gorgeous photos!

    Jai

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  64. Oh, Talli! These pictures are gorgeous! I hope you're having a great time!

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  65. Beautiful photos and looks like the weather is grand, too! Enjoy! Happy New Year, Talli!

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  66. Hi Talli .. not a lot more - I agree - & you had a rainbow .. sounds an absolute blissful way to start 2011 .. here's to a very happy one & I love the pics .. thanks for posting them for us .. cheers Hilary

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  67. I *know* geographically speaking Alexandria is near the water, but somehow I was surprised to *see* it. Duh on me.

    You realize every time you post pics you make me want to hop on the next plane?

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  68. Wow, your pics make that city look a lot prettier than my husband's did. Though he was there in the military... taking pics out of a hummer...

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  69. Talli, everything looks so beautiful!
    The architecture is fascinating. The landscape is exiting. The food is tempting. And a cat is funny!

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  70. WOW! Did I mention how jealous I am? You did a nice job with your photo's. :)

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  71. Those pictures are beautiful, Talli!

    My next book will be largely set in Egypt, so I'm always fascinated by the country.

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