Cairo and Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast. The Nile River and its delta stand out clearly as well. The Sinai Peninsula (right) is outlined with lights highlighting the Gulf of Suez and Gulf of Aqaba. Credit: NASA
At evening, Souq Al-Kahraba is where city lights are sold. The light cloud maker. I came across it when I got lost in downtown (imagine) but I often visit since. Looking for a welcome sign when they used to be popular.
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Ancient Egypt was symbolised in many ways, but three main ones seem reflected in the accompanying photo of the Nile at night taken from the south. The northern part, roughly from the beginning of the delta near the ancient capital of Memphis (close to modern Cairo) was known as Lower Egypt, and traditionally associated with the cobra, whose rearing shape and fan like head has long been seen in the shape of the river. To the south and onwards towards Nubia lay the kingdom of Upper Egypt, symbolised by the vulture, whose long neck and head also seem to emerge from the river’s pattern. Both lands were united by a semi legendary king named Narmer/Menes (see http://on.fb.me/1QELxQU) around 3000 BCE.