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It was like a midsummer's dream. It was like a sparkle in the sand.
Certainly not an illusion. Most definitely, a mirage-like exception.
It was the summer of adventure. An exploration dating back to circa 2010. An excursion, which took us to another continent altogether.
Surprised? We were too. For, it was our first venture to a land across the seas and to a settlement on the banks of River Nile.
For the uninitiated, we planned to visit the land of the Pyramids, the Pharaoh, the Sphinx and the Phoenix, which had risen from the ashes.
That one week in April had been set aside just for that. A week of wanderlust to the picturesque Egypt - the capital city and the largest city, Cairo, the second largest city, Alexandria and the third largest city, Giza.
What made us plan a trip to Egypt was an international assignment that had been offered to the better half. Nevertheless, he prompted me to tag along too. :)
We decided to put up in Cairo, and our first day-trip was to Alexandria.
It was a three-hour journey, one way - spanning approximately 220 kilometers. Alexandria is located on the coast of the shimmering blue Mediterranean Sea and is thus aptly referred to, as the Pearl of the Mediterranean.
The credit for its foundation goes to the Roman emperor, Alexander The Great, and thus the coining of its name also.
We were greeted by the first glimpse of the coveted Lighthouse of Alexandria, which was once known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
And the hustle-bustle of euphoric tourists to the other.
The sporty Welcome to the Mantazan Water Sports Complex calls out.