From top: the National Hotel, the oldest in Port Said City, built 120 years ago; Port Fouad, designed by the French; the walls of the Athena Hotel mysteriously collapsed at night; villas in Port Fouad; activists trying to protect Villa Aghion; and leaving their signs on the villa walls protesting against the demolition; a French-style balcony; the lighthouse and the American Consulate building in Port Said (photos: Walid Montasser)