When I decided to add Egypt to my round-the-world travel itinerary, I chose so based on two things: seeing Alexandria and climbing Mt. Sinai. All those pyramids and temples were just a happy coincidence.
Why was Alexandria so high on my travel list? And did it live up to my expectations?
I love books. And Alexandria’s ancient library has always fascinated me. So much knowledge was stored at the Ancient Library of Alexandria throughout history. The ancient library was destroyed multiple times, not standing today. Probably why I find the notion of an ancient library so romantic: so much was lost so many times here. All that information—disappeared.
But today Alexandria is trying to revive that lost history. The library today is a massive collection of museums, books, artifacts and new technology. I spent a few hours wandering around inside (there are at least four museums inside including an interactive science museum). Maybe we’re using libraries less and less these days but if they were anything like this place, I think we’d still be reading.