Every month Paula gives us 5 words for us to choose one or all to demonstrate by photo. The words this month are palatial, spurting, cerulean, radiating, comic.
This palatial building found in Alexandria was King Farouk’s summer palace, Al-Haramik Palace, although it was built by his father Fuad I in 1932. It is found in the Montaza gardens overlooking the sea. It is built in a mix of Ottoman and Florentine styles with two fairy tale like towers. With the cerulean sky and radiating sun it was a real sight to behold.
When I saw this spurting water which was hard to tell if it was intentional or simply a broken water pipe I became aware that fountains were something we had not seen once in our time in Egypt. Unlike Europe where fountains and water troughs are everywhere like the dryness of the country water did not feature in their towns either as decoration or as a place where water could be collected. Not that we saw anyway.
This lift in the Cecil Hotel Alexandria gave us one of our comic relief moments when reading the sign displayed between the lift doors.