Impressions: Port Said
The Mediterranean port city of Port Said was established in 1859, to aid in the construction of the Suez Canal. Up until the Egyptian coup d'état of 1952, the port was a multicultural community composed of talented individuals from around the world and forward-thinking Egyptians. The cities architecture reflects the taste of those who established it, especially the French. Today besides being Egypt's second leading export hub, Port Said is a duty-free port of call and summer resort.
The first thing I noticed about the city, was the brightness that radiates through its streets. Like many other cities along the Mediterranean, the ubiquitous window covering reinforce that this is a place of the sun. At mid-day, the streets are deserted like a frontier town in a spaghetti western. I felt right at home.