I wish I was in Alexandria, having a coffee at Pastroudis.
... But they closed Pastroudis, one of the most famous literary cafes in Egypt (opened by a Greek in 1926), made famous & alive by the characters of Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet. The manager just died, and an Egyptian chain restaurant bought it out. No one thought to save it. Why? Because no one even knew it was important.
Can you imagine Starbucks buying out Les Deux Magots in Paris?? This is modern Egypt. No one knows, no one cares - and I can say this honestly about the things which make up Egypt's artistic and intellectual history. Egypt has a legacy more immense than any other country in the world -- but the people of Egypt are no longer bearing witness.