Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Day 5: Lunch at the Palace
The Montazah Palace, to be exact. This was the summer residence of King Farouk, from which he fled when he abdicated, and it now houses the a couple of hotels and a pretty classy restaurant - I think it was called the Helnan Palestine - besides being a presidential residence. After lunch we spent some time enjoying the gardens.
This palace is right on the Mediterranean, and there are these little beach houses lining the shore:
They have red tile roofs and miniscule gardens, and they couldn't look more Greco-Roman if they were on the Adriatic or the Aegean. There's not much room at all between them. Ihab says they used to be for guests of the royal family, but now they're rented on 5-10 year leases to the highest bidder. Hmmm, something to do with the lottery money...