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More than the monumental highlights of Alexandria, such as the famous library, museums, the Roman Theatre or the Catacombs of Kom es-Shoqafa, what I really liked was walking around its streets.

I'll give you the words of Charlie Pye-Smith, 'The Other Nile', to express what I felt:
"I loved the shabbiness of the streets and cafés, the melancholy which hung over the city late of an evening, the slow decay (not destruction, mind you) of what the Europeans had left behind when they fled".

Alex encourages nostalgia trips and random exploration, if only because "the sights" are limited and chance incidents often more revealing. Don't be afraid of following your nose and deviating from the usual itineraries, which could be completed in a day if done at the trot. While the Roman Theatre and the Catacombs of Kom es-Shoqafa are the monumental highlights of Alex – whose classical heritage is enshrined in the new library and Alexandria National Museum – it's the ambience of the former European and "native" quarters that sticks in your mind.

Source: Rough Guide to Egypt book.

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