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When I was in Egypt, we drove to Alexandria for a meeting.  My host was kind enough to drive me through the town and on the corniche. The meeting was near the harbour and I really didn’t want to be so close and not see this old city.

The contrast theme continues here…  The modern building below is the main library.  The older buildings are (were) beautiful with wonderful details and elaborate designs.  Unfortunately the maintenance, if it exists, is very poor.  The main square is interesting, but with a good revamp would look magnificent.  The Alexandria tram adds to the character of the city.  It was a short drive: about twenty minutes or so.  The images below summarise what I saw.


  1. I have not been to Alexandria yet, I want to in the near future.. I heard its a beautiful city..

    6th shot looks great! Tilt Focus type shot

    • 🙂 I was inside the car and wanted to show both the old street light and the old building… Both have been allowed to rot.

  2. strongly reminds me of India, especially places where there is a mixture of the old and the new. Both exist harmoniously though!! 🙂
    and about the attitude or the disposition of certain section of people, was wondering, and concluded, that its primarily the result of a scenario where ‘survival of the smartest’ works best!! where the need is more than what is available, people are driven to make the most of what is available.i would think its more to do with the background, and i mebe entirely wrong too! 🙂

    • Survival of the smartest is an interesting concept… here unfortunately it’s the more of a crook one is – the more likely he is to be visitor-facing.

      They need to overhaul the whole thing! However, something tells me they won’t do it for years to come.

  3. I just love your photos. The title of this post certainly caught my attention, — “drive by shooting” has a whole different meaning here in Los Angeles, LOL.

    My aunt used to live in Cairo and these photos brought back a lot of memories especially the 4th photo — pleasant memories. I can almost remember the smells and noise of the streets.

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