The trip to Alexandria was nice. Not spectacular, but relaxing. It was my first time seeing the Mediterranean Sea (flying overhead doesn't count). There in Alex it wasn't so nice, but further west along the coast the water was spectacular shades of lapis lazuli blue and turquoise and everything in between.
My favorite part of the trip was the Roman Catacombs, which we weren't allowed to photograph. The catacombs had originally been dug out for one spectacularly wealthy family and later enlarged to hold more bodies and ashes. It was a huge space underground, large enough to hold horse races and champion horses' burials (after their natural deaths).
Throughout Alexandria there is a blend of Greek, Roman, and Egyptian themes. There's the jackal-headed god Anubis looking wolf-like. And Isis dressed up in a toga-like dress with long curls - that's just wrong. I did like the Medusas tho.
On Saturday we went down the coast to El Alamein, the site of a WWII battlefield. Have to say the museum was horribly out of date and hard to understand - someone translated the signs directly from Arabic so it read terribly. And the transliterations: Mosaleni instead of Mussolini.
I was pleased to see that the Commonwealth Memorial and gravesites are very well maintained. Far too many men are buried here and should never be forgotten. It was serene and starkly beautiful.