Throwback Thursday: Can You Believe Alexandria’s People Were so Different 50 Years Ago?

Alexandria’s beautiful beaches, the city’s residents diving into the sea, its mothers sunbathing under parasols, the city’s public swimming pools, and its clean, green boulevards: the ‘bride of the Mediterranean’, as we have never seen it.

For this #ThrowbackThursday, we chose “Magic carpet land”, a video recently released by the British archival footage company Pathé, showcasing the beauty and history of legendary Alexandria, filmed in 1963.

The video takes us on a chariot ride throughout the history of a city dominated by Romans, Turks and Arabs. But for the viewers, it is a two-fold journey: as the video comments explore the ancient pharaonic history, we submerge into the reality of Alexandria’s people in the 1960s.

For more information: Visit British Pathe archives and follow the #ThrowBackThursday hashtag for more stories.

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Valentina Primo

Journalist, globetrotter, and determined idealist. Since Valentina left her home country of Argentina, she has searched for ways to build bridges between cultures and foster dialogue. Her previous work in international organizations in Italy and Germany fed her passion for the world of development, while her 8-year journalistic experience in Argentina and Egypt increased her curiosity for everything that challenges the stereotype. She holds a BA in Journalism and a Masters in Peace Studies with a specialization in Human Rights.

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