This was posted under Travels even though it should probably be posted under Current Events. These photos were taken on our trip to Eqypt last year, and I hadn't really looked at them until today after watching the news coming from Alexandria and Cairo.
Egypt is the most populous country in the Arab world and has often been its leader. But earlier this month, the spark of the revolution in Tunisia seemed to set fire to decades worth of smoldering grievances against the heavyhanded rule of Egypt's president, Hosni Mubarak. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in Alexandria and Cairo calling for Mr. Mubarak to step down, defying bans and curfews. It was by far the most serious challenge to the regime in memory.
The following photos were taken from a bus the following day and are a bit 'jiggly' and out-of-focus.
The following is an excerpt from "The Washington Post."
Watching a new day in Egypt
Egyptians in Alexandria did the unimaginable on Friday, fending off a police attack for the first time in their lives. They are walking around in shock, unable to digest the significance of what they have done. A few hours ago, everyone was saying: Now, the army will come. But it is no longer clear on whose side the army will intervene. Tomorrow is the first day of a new Egypt.
The writer directs the global emergencies program at Human Rights Watch.
The entire article can read read at THIS LINK.
A little about Alexandria . . .
Founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BC, Alexandria was once the capital of Graeco-Roman Egypt and the Hellenic center of learning. It was here where the Pharos Lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, once stood, where philosophers and scientists once searched for knowledge in the Library of Alexandria. Though few ancient landmarks remain, the legends live on, immortalized by figures like Cleopatra, Mark Antony, Napoleon, and Euclid. Alexandria, an old soul with an instinct for survival, has risen from the ashes many times making it one of the most fascinating cities in the World.
It is Egypt's leading port and maintains a distinctly Mediterranean feel and is known as "The Pearl of the Mediterranean."
Considering the turmoil that exists in Alexandria as this is being written, my thoughts are of Susie.
Susie was our guide for the day. . . our three-hour trip to Cairo, the tour of Cairo and the museum, and then back to the ship. She was well-educated and spoke beautiful English. As you can see here, she is a gorgeous young lady.
She lived in Alexandria and loved her city.
So, as I see the images that are coming from that city, I just hope that she and her family are safe.