After I moved to London in 1999, one of the projects in our business unit was near Alexandria with the design office in Cairo and over 2 years I had 9 trips. First trip, right as the project started, entailed having a driver pick me up at the airport with a sign, stay in a nice hotel near the office in Cairo, then after a day or two in the office, a group of people would have a driver to take us the site about 30 miles west of Alexandria right on the Mediterranean Sea. After 9 trips, I would grab a taxi at the airport to a guest house and then either ride with a co-worker to site or take the train to Alexandria and have someone pick us up. So got more comfortable over time – but this was all pre-9/11.
On one of my last trip’s to Alexandria I must have taken a camera as I came across a couple pictures. I do remember that we ended up in a fish market where you picked the fish and they cook it for you. We spent a lot of time on the corniche and you can see my picture above in front of the the main attraction in town – the Citadel of Qaitbay from the 15th-century and sometime we drove by the Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque.
Our job site it had a great beach location which is great for extracting cooling water and it was next to an Air Force Base which had also has an Hosni Mubarak’s beachfront second home.
(This was written during the Great Shutdown of 2020. My memory isn’t this good, used internet searches to fill in a lot of holes. If there’s huge fat foot below me, it not my fault – that an advertisement I can’t control).