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Voyages en Egypte pour les membres et amis du Cercle Saint-Marc de Montréal

du 20 septembre au 10 octobre 2002

Le groupe des participants au voyage

Les pachas Tony Kalian et Armand Marget entourés de leur harem


Call it nostalgia if you will but after an absence of 45 years I felt the need to go back to the place where I grew up carefree and happy. A group of  ex-Alexandrians now living in Montreal decided last September 2002  to visit Egypt, most participants were affiliated to the St Marc with the exception of merely a few outsiders. The three week tour included stays in Cairo, Alexandria, a cruise on the River Nile and daily excursions to places of interest  like Abu Simbel and other. Needless to say that emotions ran high when we landed at Nouzha airport in Alexandria,  but as was to be expected our deception came when it was time to look for the meaningful landmarks of our youth which unfortunately  were no where to be found.... maalesh !! Amazing how the arabic language came back to me especially when haggling with the local merchants. We all were at one point reminded that our immune system was not quite the same as when we were growing up in Egypt and we were therfore very cautious when eating fresh fruit and raw vegetables and  yet quite a few in  the group were indisposed!! I believe one of  the highlights of the trip was the fabulous stay in Sharm-el-Sheikh where like true Iskandaranis we spent most of the days at the beach enjoying the swimming to its fullest. It can safely  be said that most participants were thrilled with their visit to Egypt, as for me well, I am able to put closure and turn the page of another chapter in my life .
Nicole Biancardi-Francescutti.

ParticipantsGisele Soucy ; Rollande Lemieux ; Gabrielle Laham ; Nadia Massouh-Michael ; Yolande Safi ; Despina Kouyoumdjian ; Nicole Biancardi- Francescutti ; Karl & Nora Tcherkezian ; Laurette & Carol Saad ; Michel & Valerie & Marcelle Tawil ; Elie Raymond Tawil ; Grant Condakchian ; Gabriel Khoury ; Antoine Kalian ; Michelle & Pierre Beaulieu ; Charlene Helde ; Nabil & Wadad & Hadi Warda ; Nabil & Salwa & Frederic Laham ; Marcelle & Bosco Pavlica ; Fouad & Helene Khouzam ; Noor & Hany Constantin ; Sonia & Armand & Nathalie & Nancy Marget ; Robert Massad ; Mathilde Hajj ; Nives Ettore-Haggar ; Emma Paradisi.


Photos remises par Nicole Francescutti-Biancardi


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