When visiting Alexandria a look at the Al-Haramlik Palace should not be missed. It is at the end of the Cornish, next to the Helnan Palestine Hotel which overlooks the Palace and the Montazan Gardens.
Since then it has been used for official functions like visits of foreign dignitaries. But since I am not a dignitary and was ignorant of that fact the answer of the receptionist at the Helnan Palestine Hotel, where I stayed, made sense. I asked her, “What are the hours to visit the Palace?” Looking at me with surprise and indignation, she answered, “It is only for people like Mr. Obama, your President who can stay there or visit.”
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