Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Visits to Jordan and Turkey on the Holland America Prinsendam

Ephesus
Ephesus
Our cruise was fabulous as we continued on into Israel from Egypt (visiting the Jordan River and watching Americans being baptized); then along the South coast of Turkey to the very important ancient city of Ephesus where the original library still stands. This city has a long (3,500 years) turbulent history and was owned by 5 different nations. On to Santorini, the most beautiful of the Greek Islands. Our cruise was an enlightening tour of the countries that gave birth to our civilization. You’ve seen one ruin, then you have seen them all- NOT SO!!!
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cruise Visiting Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria Egypt by cruise ship
Alexandria Egypt from the Holland America Prinsendam

 

 I’ll never forget docking at Alexandria, Egypt, and looking out at this ancient city. Alexander the Great founded the city in 325 b.c. because it was near his homeland and also close to his Arab enemies to the west. He named the new city for himself and then died in battle while still in his thirties. He only visited the new city as a body in a golden coffin which Ptolemy brought to Alexandria. Ptolemy then established the famous library and university – both Euclid the mathematician and Archimedes the practical scientist were associated with the university and wrote their books there. The Lighthouse (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: was built in 280 b.c. It was 120 meters high (about 333 feet). Arabs conquered Alexandria in 642 and then defeated the Romans at a small town on the Nile which became Cairo.
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Monday, July 11, 2011

Cairo, Egypt by Cruise Ship

Davids Birthday Ride!
We bussed to Cairo from the cruise ship and went straight to the Great Pyramid. The short trip through the city was an eye opener because of the trash lining the roadways and sidewalks and the deteriorating partially constructed apartment buildings. Apparently, the citizens throw their bags of garbage out of their cars to the roadside. The pyramid was much bigger than we anticipated and was built more than 4,000 years ago! From there we went a short distance to view the Sphinx, one of the largest statues in the world built in about 2,500 b.c. Typically, the viewing area was trashy and loaded with aggressive vendors. As we gazed upon the Sphinx we turned around and there was a rundown Burger King 50 feet behind us! It was still worth the visit!
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