Alexandria was a breath of fresh air as we escaped the heavy pollution and dust from Cairo. I also like the ambiance of Alexandria, and I could live there. I also tried pigeon, which is definitely not my favorite.
- Area of the country spans 390,121 square miles, making Egypt the 29th largest country in the world.
- The currency is the Egyptian pound with an exchange rate roughly one U.S. dollar equals 15.71 pounds.
- The capital is Cairo.
- In 2021, the population was estimated at 101.6 million, making Egypt the 15th most populous country in the world.
- Cairo is the largest city, and the financial, manufacturing, and political hub of the country.
- Tourists flock to different parts of the country. They head to Cairo for the Great Pyramids, Luxor for the Valley of the Kings, and the east coast to the very good but inexpensive resorts on the Red Sea.
It was definiitely one of the coolest scuba dives I have ever done. . Cleopatra's palace was discovered recently off the coast of Alexandria. Her palace sank in the 4th century AD. I did not think I was coming back. The waves were a meter high with strong currents below. However, I returned with some great pics.
Dan and I started our adventure in Cairo. The area around the Nile and the Egyptian Museum is nice and seems relativelly safe. However, the areas lying outside is poor with plenty of pollution, traffic, and scammers.
Dan and I were returning to Cairo but our driver talked us into going on a side trip to Hurghada, resorts on the Red Sea. The place where we stayed refused to allow our driver to stay with us even though we paid for a hotel room with three beds. Luckily, our driver found another room at another hotel.
The next day, we were greeted with an all you can eat breakfast buffet. My friend even drank a free beer next to the pool. I wished I could have gone scuba diving but we had to return to Cairo and fly back home.
Dan and I hired a driver to drive us 700 km across Egypt from Cairo to the Luxor. We are not even in town an hour, and we get pulled over by the police. The police wanted us to visit the Luxor Temple as they interrograted our driver for an hour. When we had returned, our driver was talking to Egyptian Intelligance.
Every three hours, the agents would call our driver and asked, "Where are the Americans? What are they doing?" Dan and I were happy to return to Cairo and depart the next day home.