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Alexandria


Alexandria
Located on the Mediterranean coast in the North of the country, Alexandria (Arabic: Al-Iskandariya, Eskendereyya) is the second largest city, and largest seaport in Egypt. As of 2001, Alexandria had an estimated population of 3,500,000.

Alexandria was founded at about 331 BC by Alexander the Great. The city served as Egypt's capital for almost 1,000 years, only being replaced in 641 AD, when the Arabs conquered Egypt and set up a new capital at Fustat (now part of Cairo).

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Greater Than a Tourist- Alexandria Egypt: 50 Travel Tips from a Local

By Sohaila Ammar

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Are you excited about planning your next trip? Do you want to try something new? Would you like some guidance from a local? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this Greater Than a Tourist book is for you. Greater Than a Tourist- Alexandria Egypt by Sohaila Ammar offers the inside scoop on Alexandria. Most travel books tell you how to travel like a tourist. Although there is nothing wrong with that, as part of the Greater Than a Tourist series, this book will give you travel tips from someone who has lived at your next travel destination. In these pages, you will discover advice that will help you throughout your stay. This book will not tell you exact addresses or store hours but instead will give you excitement and knowledge from a local that you may not find in other smaller print travel books. Travel like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and get to know the people and the culture. By the time you finish this book, you will be eager and prepared to travel to your next destination.

Alexandria: A History and Guide (Tauris Parke Paperbacks)

By E. M. Forster

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Released: 2014-05-06
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In the autumn of 1915, in a "slightly heroic mood", E.M. Forster arrived in Alexandria, full of lofty ideals as a volunteer for the Red Cross. Yet most of his time was spent exploring "the magic, antiquity and complexity" of the place in order to cope with living in what he saw as a "funk-hole". With a novelist's pen, he brings to life the fabled, romantic city of Alexander the Great, capital of Graeco-Roman Egypt, beacon of light and culture symbolised by the Pharos, where the doomed love affair of Antony and Cleopatra was played out and the greatest library the world has ever known was built. Threading 3,000 years of history with vibrant strands of literature and punctuating the narrative with his own experiences, Forster immortalised Alexandria, painting an incomparable portrait of the great city and, inadvertently, himself.

Back in print for the first time in over 30 years, E.M. Forster narrates his unique journey through the mesmerizing city of Alexandria


 
 
 

 
 
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