The first light shining on my beloved city of Alexandria.
Friends in the heart of the Alexandrian sunset by the seashore.
Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in my beloved city of Alexandria.
People spending the Eid feast by the warm seaside.
Colorful folkloric scarves and headbands in the old market.
Middle East Collective Founder’s Note: Though many think of Egypt as a developing country full of dirty streets and ugly decaying buildings, Alexandria graciously challenges that outlook. This enchanting city by the sea is adorned with unexpected artistic European flair, genuine kindness, and overflowing compassion from the lively locals. Alexandria is a wondrous city full of history and comprised of majesty, magic, and a spirit that many might spend their whole lives fervidly searching to experience. Perhaps it is true that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, but one cannot deny the beauty that is Alexandria.
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