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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 !

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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 !

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    Beni Isguen.

    by JLBG Updated Apr 4, 2006

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    Beni Isguen is one of the five cities (pentapole) of the Mzab. It is a sacred city, enclosed by walls. Its doors are closed at dusk as no foreigner to the city can spend the night inside its walls. It is the Mzab city that has the most kept its character. You will not be allowed to visit the city on your own (anyway, you would not see anything !). You have to ask for a guide at the tourist office in Ghardaia that will introduce you everywhere you are allowed to go. More on my Mzab page (to come).

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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.

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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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    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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    Fort Gardel

    by worldtraveler55 Updated Feb 5, 2006

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    Fort Gardel

    Fort Gardel (north west of Djanet) was built on the site of Zaouatanlaz (called Zaouatallaz on some maps), on the track between Djanet and Dider.
    It was given the name of Gardel, the victor at Essayen, who died on 8 April 1916 on the European Front.
    Lt. Gabriel Gardel, led the Ajjer group of the Compagnie Saharienne du Tidikelt under Capt. Charlet. At Esseyen, near Ghat, on 8 April 1913 he won a notable action against a raiding party of vastly superior numbers from the Fezzan.
    He was deeply interested in the Tuareg, and his copious notes on the Kel Ajjer were finally edited and published posthumously in 1961.
    He died in that action in 1916, leaving a young son.
    His grandson Louis Gardel is now a well-known author, one of whose recent novel "Fort Saganne" is based on his grandfather's life.
    At the time of Algerian independence, Fort Gardel was renamed Fort Haoues (sometimes spelt Fort Haouasse).
    As there is a water-hole; there is a small berber-village nearby the fort

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    Illizi

    by worldtraveler55 Updated Mar 11, 2006

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    Illizi

    Illizi is a small town near the eastern border off Algeria.
    It's hard to get there, course there is only a "Piste" ; and with some luck jou will find a sign posted, to show you a way; hopefully to the place you want to go.
    So it means you have to take a verry good map and compas; otherwise you can get lost.

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    Tassili N'Ajjer

    by worldtraveler55 Updated Mar 10, 2006

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    Tassili N'Ajjer

    The Tassili N'Ajjer is one of the more famous landscapes of Algeria, being a vast plateau, to the north of the Hoggar Mountains.
    Few areas of Algeria has wilder landscape than Tassili N'Ajjer, characterised by deep chasms and dramatic cliffs.

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    Tassili N' Ajjer

    by sachara Updated Aug 10, 2003

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    From Djanet you can visit the Tassili N'Ajjer. A fabulous landscape with surrealistic rockformations. The base of the sandstone walls is eroded by the rivers in neolithic times. So there developed natural shelters for the prehistoric people. These are also the places where you can find the rock paintings. The Tassili N'Ajjer is a real museum in open air.

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