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Fêtes de Ghezireh au Caire. 1896 poster by Alphonse Birck (1859-1942) advertising the exotic delights of Cairo and the ease of passage there via Alexandria. The poster describes two principal Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits routes: a daily service Paris-Vienna- Belgrade-Constantinople and weekly London-Ostende-Vienna-Trieste.


From the destination ports one travelled by the boats of Khédivié (from Constantinople) or Austrian Lloyd (Lloyd Autrichien from Trieste) to Alexandria.

The 'daily' service may have run Paris-Vienna every day, but Vienna onwards only ran Thursdays and Mondays (Jeudis & Lundis), arriving Constantinople Saturday and Wednesday (Samedis & Mercredis).

The weekly service left London Monday (Lundis) morning, arriving Trieste Thursday morning. I assume the journey would have proceeded over LC&DR or SER rails to a Dover-Ostende ferry. The origin station in London is unspecified.

Apparently there was also a twice-daily service Paris-Marseille with a number of departures for Alexandria by many ship operators.

The poster was printed by Courmont Frères of 10 Rue Bréguet, Paris.


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