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Most Amazing Highlights of Alexandria

Established in the 4th century BC by Alexander the Great during his visit to the Temple of the Oracle to gain legitimacy to rule Egypt, the city became the capital of Egypt for many centuries and an important cultural, political, and arts hub in the Middle East. Today, some travelers who tour Egypt usually spend one or two days in the jewel of the Mediterranean Sea. We would be having an insight in the most remarkable sites in Alexandria.

Qaitbey Fort

Constructed in the 15th century by the famous Mamluk Sultan and builder, Qaitbey, it became a landmark of Alexandria afterwards. Built to protect the Western section of the city against any attacks coming from the sea. It turned into a major touristic attraction that welcomes hundreds of travelers who tour Egypt.

Located in the Westernmost point of Alexandria, the fort can be seen from everywhere in the city. The most important sections of Fort Qaitbey include the oldest mosque in the city, a marvelously stone decorated Mihrab, a finely preserved building that was constructed with the remaining stones from the ancient lighthouse that was erected during the Pharaonic period.

The Roman Amphitheatre

The only one of the kind in Egypt, the Roman Amphitheatre was founded during the 4th century AD. The complex was discovered in the 20th century by coincidence when workers were trying to dig into the ground. Afterwards, it became a wonderful touristic site that welcomes many tourists who travel to Egypt.

With its U shape stage, the Roman Amphitheatre has 13 columns of marble steps that can accommodate more than 600 spectators. This distinctive complex is still used to host many artistic events and performances. Beside the theatre, there are many statues and other displays that were found in many sections around Alexandria in a wonderfully organized open-air museum.

Pompey’s Pillar

Another magnificent landmark of Alexandria, Pompey’s Pillar, together with the two sphinxes beside it, are the only remaining sections of a huge Roman temple that was constructed in the 3rd century BC. A visit to Pompey’s Pillar is commonly included to many travel packages to Egypt.

Made out of red granite, the pillar is 27 meters high with a base that has a diameter of around 3 meters. Located in the Western section of the city, this small yet impressive complex hosts a number of travelers who visit Egypt.

Montazah Complex and Gardens

The Montazah Complex was established at the end of the 19th century by Khedive Abbas Helmi II to be the summer resort of the royal family of Egypt at the time. Many tourists who travel to Egypt explore Al Montazah Complex for its wonderful gardens and a number of wonderfully decorated historical palaces.

Travel Guide for Iceland

The quietude of the country along with the abundance of natural marvels is incomparable as well as astounding. Intense volcanic and tectonic activity that happened in the past gradually led to the formation of distinctive land forms that are nowhere to be seen in any other part of this planet. Apart from natural brilliance Iceland is also known for its bustling night life full of parties and entertainment.

Here are your tips to enjoy Iceland Travel with adventure and serenity
Firstly, it is always best to prepare before the trip. This should be everyone’s first step to enjoy a hassle-free experience amidst the scenic heritage of the world’s most peaceful country. Due to the inflating amount of tourists every single thing ranging from hotels to flights and transport services gets flooded and so instant bookings become a vague possibility.

Consulting a travel guide and tour operator would be the most effective thing to do because such agencies can help fix accommodations, flight bookings and tour packages at affordable rates. If the traveler pursues his/her journey by pre-booking all the necessities there will be no hindrances in the future.

Such measures are suitable especially during holiday seasons such as Christmas, when millions of tourists flood the entire country to enjoy invigorating moments. It even becomes impossible to get instant bookings for holiday activities like taking a fresh dip in the Blue Lagoon.

Places you can go for
One of the best tours for Iceland would be around the Golden Circle. This part of Iceland encompasses volcanic terrain, glaciers, beautiful farmhouses for leisurely stops, an earthquake exhibition center, the Thingvellir National Park and the highly renowned Gulfross Waterfall.

One will have several options to learn about the Icelandic culture and geography, witness nature, venture into thrilling parts such as volcanic craters or perhaps ice-formed caves and altogether obtain spiritual bliss amidst the breath-taking falls.

Other popular destinations include a tour to the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), which is also a very occasional event and the Southern Coast. The southern Icelandic parts also include popular tourist destinations such as hot water springs and the world famous black beaches (coastal regions shrouded by black sand).

What can we summarize?
It’s safe to say that one single visit to Iceland is not enough to fulfill a traveler’s wanderlust. The country has so many naturally enriched destinations, adventure-filled spots and a colorful city like Reykjavik that it indeed lures people back again.

The tourism industry has progressively expanded with a significant rise in international visits every year. This in-turn has solved various regional as well as economical issues of the country. The amount of tourists has reached thrice as higher than the native population and is likely to grow even more due to the distinctive features which this beautiful snow-capped country offers.

Saint Menes Monastery in Egypt

The Christian monuments in Egypt vary from historical churches, monasteries, chapels, and many other establishments. Today, we would be exploring one of the richest archeological Coptic sites in Egypt. The ruins of the Monastery of Saint Means are quite remarkable. Included in the UNESCO world heritage sites, the monastery still grabs the attention of some of the tourists who travel to Egypt.

Saint Means lived in Egypt during the 3rd century AD. He was born probably in Libya around 275 AD. Although Saint Means served in the Roman army in Egypt. However, when the Roman starting executing the newly converted Christians, he deserted the army.

Afterwards, he was martyred and his body was transferred to the location of the monastery today in the Northern Coast of Egypt. St Means was credited with many miracles. This is why his monastery became a famous pilgrimage site. Today, the monastery, or let’s say its ruins, welcomes some of the tourists who enjoy their vacations in Egypt.

The ancient monastery of Saint Menes is located 10 kilometers to the South of the city of Borg Al Arab, situated around 200 kilometers to the North West of Cairo. This is why some Egypt travel packages which include a visit to Alexandria or the North Coast, would allow tourists, interested in Coptic monuments, to explore the monastery.

The ruins of the Monastery of Saint Menes include a huge sanctuary which flourished during the 5th and the 6th centuries. The sanctuary was stolen during the 9th century searching for valuable building materials. However, the ruins are still impressive and catch the attention of many visitors who have wonderful holidays in Egypt.

It is astonishing to know that the Monastery of Saint Menes was discovered in the beginning of the 20th century. The discovery is credited to a German archeologist called Carl Coufmann in a mission commissioned by the German Archeological Institute in Egypt which has many important project and discoveries that amaze travelers who tour Egypt.

Among the most impressive sections of the Monastery of Saint Menes is the great basilica which was established around the 5th century AD by the Roman Emperor, Zeno. This basilica was the largest in Egypt at the time and one of the most wonderful Christian establishments of all time. This is why many tourists who travel to Egypt are keen to explore its ruins.

To the west of the basilica, there is a small church that was named the small basilica of Saint Menes. In the Westernmost point of the whole complex, there is the baptistery which is one of the most interesting sections of the complex that grab the attention of many tourists who spend their vacations in Egypt.

The Unique Way Of Enjoying The Location

Alleppey is not short of houseboats meaning it is very possible to find one at any given time. They are modern luxuries that come at very affordable rates passing through tropical mangroves and other mesmerizing sceneries. I particularly love the coconut aroma that the trips are filled with as the boathouse wades through the waters. Saji Holidays Houseboat, B 4 You Houseboats, Alleppey Crystal Holidays Houseboats, Lake Pearl Houseboat and The Kerala Houseboat are some of the most popular houseboats but there is a long list of properties available for enjoyment. I have personally had a chance to enjoy a few of the facilities and I have a few favorites that while I am in Alleppey.

The Vrindhavanam Houseboat

This beauty of a boathouse can be found at Zacariva Bazar a kilometer from the Alappuzha Railway Station. It is also a few kilometers from the KSRTC bus stand in Alleppey. The free breakfast here is a huge attraction for visitors and I like the fact that I can access assistance at the front desk round the clock. It comprises of two spacious guestrooms and ample amenities including makeup mirror, wardrobe, medical assistance, room service and laundry. Parking is available and the power supply is round the clock. The AC room can accommodate a total of 4 adults and 2 kids so I don’t have to worry even when I tag my family along for a deserved stay in this part of India. The attractions near this houseboat are Alleppey beach and the Mullackal Rajarajeswari Temple.

Aqua Castle Houseboat

This magnificent houseboat is another of my favorites in Alleppey. It is in the Kumarakom area offering very comfortable accommodation. Notable is the suntan deck where the views of the backwaters can be enjoyed. I particularly find the wooden flooring appealing and the rooms are furnished beautifully featuring important amenities like music system, TV and a modern bathroom. Some of the rooms on this houseboat have seating area and from the dining area traditional dishes can be enjoyed. It is a few kilometers from the Cherthala railway station and the Kuamrakom Bird Sanctuary as well as Vembanad Lake. It is complete with smoking rooms, Ayurveda clinic and is child friendly too.

A houseboat in alleppey is one of the best facilities for a fulfilling stay in the stunning location. You just need to choose an alleppey houseboat that has the facilities you find important during a stay.