03/23/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Alexandria: An Author's Tour

Alexandria is not an obvious tourist destination, but it's worth taking a few days out to discover why this layered cake of a city has been muse to so many literary giants. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331BC, it was in Alexandria that EM Forster had his first love affair, Daphne du Maurier wrote "Rebecca" and Lawrence Durrell (inspired by the political complexity of pre-Nasser Egypt) wrote "The Alexandria Quartet."

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