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    Hammam Meskoutine

    by JLBG Updated Jan 3, 2006

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    Hammam Meskoutine is an off the beaten path destination, 80 km south to Annaba with hot springs and prodigious stone waterfalls. The water is 98°C, one of the hottest springs in the world, together with some springs in Iceland. It is highly mineralized and when it flows, it crystallizes to give huge draperies, a kind of impressive stone waterfall with various colors, almost 20 meters high.

    More on my Hammam Meskoutine page.

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    Annaba

    by JLBG Updated Jan 3, 2006

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    Annaba is the capital of the eastern part of Algeria. It was a Roman city under the name of Hippone. The ruins of Hippone are enclosed and given our schedule, we could not visit them. The city was named Bône until the independence. It has now more than 600,000 inhabitants.

    This photo shows one of the several superb houses built at the very beginning of the 20th century and kept in excellent condition.

    More on my Annaba page.

    I have also a page on Ras El Hamra/Cap de Garde (under the name of Sidi Ibrahim), a pleasant seaside resort close to Annaba,
    Ain Berda, a small village south to Annaba with yummy brochettes,
    El Kala and its wetland National Park, between Annaba and El Kala/La Calle.

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    School warning !

    by JLBG Written Dec 7, 2005

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    I have already written in other tips that I collected photos of school warning road signs. I took this one in 2005 in Annaba. I should have more in my old slides that I will add. On the occasion of our recent travel, I noticed that Algeria had a great variety of such road signs. It seems that they were all different (home and hand made ?) but unfortunately, as we were not on our own, I could not take other pictures ! The car or the bus ran too fast ! Next time, Inch'Allah !

    School warning !

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    Hoggar, young Kel-Ahaggar

    by JLBG Written Dec 7, 2005

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    We had our noon bivouac under an "abris sous roche" (shelter-under-rock) that had been extensively used by sheep too as a shelter, given the thickness of the droppings ! It was not far from the Assekrem, with no living soul around. At least, that was what we thought ! After may be half an hour, these two youngster appeared and proposed to sell us a wood carved spoon. I will add the photo as soon as possible.

    Hoggar, young Kel-Ahaggar
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    Hoggar, the Daouda.

    by JLBG Written Dec 7, 2005

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    This photo shows a typical landscape of the Hoggar. In the foreground, the bed of an oued. An oued is a dry river that might flow every 5 or 10 years but water remains in the depth of the soil for years. Then, it hosts an abundant (desert speaking !) vegetation that often blooms in beautiful colors (travelogue to come). In the background, the Daouda mount, a volcanic structure.

    Hoggar, the Daouda.
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    Bivouac in the desert.

    by JLBG Written Dec 7, 2005

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    Though the Sahara desert accounts only for a part of Algeria, this is usually what people are awaiting when speaking of Algeria. I have visited the desert on several occasions and will add new pages later. The photo given here shows a noon bivouac under the shade of an acacia (Acacia radiana*). Beware of the spines ! They are strong and can puncture a tire !

    Bivouac in the desert.
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    Ghardaia

    by JLBG Written Dec 7, 2005

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    Ghardaia is another of the cities of the Mzab pentapole. It is more "open" and more modern than Beni Isguen, though, as in any other city of the Mzab, the old Ibadite traditions are kept. You will visit the market, the shops and if you are lucky, might attend a traditional show, such as the one appearing on the photo. This one was for a wedding.

    Ghardaia

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    Timgad

    by JLBG Written Dec 7, 2005

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    Timgad lies on the northern slopes of the Aur?s mountains and was created ex nihilo as a military colony by the Emperor Trajan in AD 100. With its square enclosure and orthogonal design based on the cardo and decumanus, the two perpendicular routes running through the city, it is an excellent example of Roman town planning.

    It has been inscribed in 1982 on the World Heritage List.

    Timgad . The amphitheater Timgad. A carved grave stone
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    Lambèze

    by JLBG Updated Dec 7, 2005

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    Lambèze stands at the feet of the Aurès mountains. It was the seat of the third Roman Legion. In the 18th century, there remained extensive ruins. A jail was built in the mid 19th and there remain now only a few structures such as these Arches.

    Lamb��ze. General view and entrance into the city Lamb��ze.	Monumental doorway
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    Algiers, general view

    by JLBG Written Dec 7, 2005

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    Algiers, the capital of Algeria is named Alger in French and El Djazaïr in Arab. It was Icosium for the Romans. It is also called "Alger la blanche" (Algiers the white one). El Jazaïr means “the archipelago” and refers to the islands that were in the bay, now included in the jetty. It is now the name of the whole country.

    Along the centuries, the city has first spread in the whole amphitheater looking bay, and later invaded the "plateaux" that overhang the city. Algiers has now over 3,000,000 inhabitants.

    Algiers, general view

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    Buildings

    by xinxin Updated Dec 13, 2004

    First day, the place felt like a construction yard . Full of place like this, built half way, and a lot of them already used as residential purpose, then continue built once the constructors get more cash.

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    Ghardaia

    by tini58de Updated Jul 28, 2004

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    Ghardaia is another beautiful oasis in the Sahara desert. At the gateway to the Sahara, this ancient city set in a rocky, rust-colored landscape has a busy and beautiful marketplace, striking Moorish architecture and an oasis. It is also the home of the Mozabites.

    I still remember our attempts on buying flour there, which was not all that easy!!! But we did manage in the end!!!

    Ghardaia
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    El Oued

    by tini58de Updated Jul 28, 2004

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    El Oued is the center of a number of oases, called Souf. El Oued is the biggest town and the most picturesque, too, being called the "City of 1000 Domes".

    Those domes are not only wonderful to look at, but they also serve a special purpose. It is called "desert architecture" and is a human solution on how to use air and bild breezes to the maximum so that the temperatures inside the dwellings are reduced as much as possible from the outdoor temperatures.

    White houses, smooth and soft corners in between date palms and a fantastic market has made El Oued an enjoyable place for me!

    El Oued - the city of 1000 domes

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    Assekrem

    by tini58de Updated Jul 28, 2004

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    The Assekrem Circuit represents what most people get to see from the spectacular Hoggar Mountains.

    We went on a two day tour with three 4WD cars, because the roads are kind of bad!!!

    We went to the Eremitage de Père Foucauld. This was built around the hermit Charles de Foucauld in 1910, and is at an altitude of 2,600 metres a fantastic attraction. It can only be reached on foot. Added to the attraction is that this place is still in use, as a convent, still run by a handful of Catholic monks. We spent the night there and enjoyed the beautiful sunrise the next morning - awesome!

    Assekrem circuit
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    Sahara desert

    by tini58de Updated Jul 28, 2004

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    The entire Sahara Desert is the largest desert in the world, being about 1610 km wide and about 5150 km long from east to west. The total area of the Sahara is more than 9 million sq km, of which only a little over 200,000 sq km consist of partially fertile oasis.

    Sahara Desert geographically consists of the following regions:
    - the western Sahara, which is sometimes called the Sahara proper
    -the central Ahaggar Mountains and the Tibesti massif, a plateau region
    - the Libyan Desert in the east.

    There is no way for me to describe, what it is like to be in the desert. It is such an overwhelming feeling, that I don't find words for it!

    sand dunes in the Sahara
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