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A cruise on the Nile by Jim Down

A cruise on the Nile

Between Luxor the capital of the south and Aswan you can cruise the Nile with breathtaking views of the Egyptian countryside. Nile Exploration offer luxurious cruises on the Nile and Lake Nasser, visiting the magnificent temples, tombs and monuments of Ancient Egypt.

Since the northern parts of Egypt have become a little risky for tourists the Nile cruises start in Luxor. After settling down in your luxurious cabin on your cruise ship, allow plenty of time to explore the Karnak temple which lies at the bank of the river.

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Abidjan by Efi Antoniou

Abidjan by night

Along a Lagoon lies the chief port and capital of Cote d'Ivoire, Abidjan. This city became the capital of the French colony in 1934, and remained the economic capital after independence in 1960. The important districts are Plateau, Cocody (site of the National University of Cote d'Ivoire), Treichville, Adjame, Koumassi, and Marcory.

Today, Abidjan is the financial center of French-speaking West Africa. There are many wide, shady streets and plenty of gardened squares in the city; the university (built in 1958) lies on the eastern mainland.

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Addis Ababa by George Delis

The freedom tower

Addis Ababa (the name means new flower) is of fairly recent origin - Menelik 2nd founded the city in 1887. Situated in the foothills of the Entoto Mountains and standing 2,400 metres above sea level it is the third highest capital in the world. The city has a population of about two million.

Before moving to the present site of Addis Ababa, Menelik had established temporary capitals at six different locations caused by exhausting the fuel wood at each of these sites. Addis itself was in danger of being abandoned until the introduction of fast-growing eucalyptus…

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Alexandria by Dimitris Katakalaios

Modern Alexandria

The mighty Macedonian Alexander the Great came to Egypt in 331 BC after conquering Greece and selected a small fishing village on the Mediterranean coast to establish his new capital, Alexandria. The city is oriented around Midan Ramla and Midan Saad Zaghoul, the large square that runs down to the waterfront. Alexandria once had a great library that contained more than 500,000 volumes, and at its peak the city was a great repository of science, philosophy and intellectual thought and learning.

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