As soon as we got off the 3 hour bus from Cairo in Alexandria’s bus station this afternoon we set about chartering a taxi to take us the 106 kilometres west along the northern Egyptian coast into the desert of El Alamein. Our guidebook says the El Alamein War Museum is open until 4 p.m. so stepping from the taxi at 2:30 p.m. to find the museum closed was a disappointment, especially seen as we had decided to charter the taxi specifically to get us there with sufficient time to take in the museum.

The El-Alamein Military Museum in El-Alamein, Egypt. April 15, 2008.

The El-Alamein Military Museum in El-Alamein, Egypt. April 15, 2008.

Allied War Cemetery, El-Alamein, Egypt. April 15, 2008.

Allied War Cemetery, El-Alamein, Egypt. April 15, 2008.

Commonwealth War Cemetery in El Alamein, Egypt. April 15th 2008.

Commonwealth War Cemetery in El Alamein, Egypt. April 15th 2008.

Gravestones in the Commonwealth War Cemetery in El Alamein, Egypt. April 15, 2008.

Gravestones in the Commonwealth War Cemetery in El Alamein, Egypt. April 15, 2008.

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