Favorite thing: White camel is very rare. This poor obedient camel served the amusement of tourists (mostly locals, as there are very few foreigners around), at Tombeau de la Chrétienne to climb on it and take photos. It often grunts in despair and dissatisfaction, but alas, the owner beautifully collects the coins from the people who come to socialize with the camel.
Favorite thing: Here are the three pictures that I used to make the panoramic picture of my front page. Each of them, look separatly, gives a more accurate and sharper view of one sector of the city, especially if you enlarge them. They are from left to right and from east to west.
Favorite thing: Place Emir Abdel Kader is a small square in the middle of Rue Ben Mehidi Larbi. Before the independence, it was named Place Marechal Bugeaud and its statue stood in the center. Marechal Bugeaud was celebrated because in 1842, he had won over the legendary figure of Algerian resistance to the French invaders, Emir Abdel Kader. After the independence in 1960, Abdel Kader finally won and had his posthumous revenge: the square was renamed Place Emir Abdel Kader and his statue was erected instead of the one of Bugeaud that had been exiled to France, in his birth village!
Rue Ben Mehidi Larbi (Ex Rue d’Isly) is one of those streets that run parallel to the seafront, a little higher. It is lined by numerous shops. It connects Boulevard Mohammed Khemisti to the Casbah and in its middle stands Place Emir Abdel Kader.
The superb Grand Poste (sorry, I have no photo but look at Aurorae’s excellent Algiers page) stands at the corner of Rue Ben Mehidi Larbi and Boulevard Mohammed Khemisti
Favorite thing: Boulevard Mohammed Khemisti is a wide avenue that climbs steeply the hill on which Algiers is built. The wide center is for pedestrians and planted with numerous flower beds, palm trees and Mediterranean trees that are trimmed to give as much shade as possible. Algerian enjoy walking it.
The seafront boulevards are well shown on this photo. On the center and right, Boulevard Ernesto Che Guevara. The hillside is lined with a series of great looking buildings that were built .around 1920. The basement is a cool archway. On the left, with trees, Port said square. On the far left, Boulevard Zirhout Youssef continues Boulevard Ernesto Che Guevara. The hillside is also lined with a series of great looking buildings such as the Daira and the APC (Assemblée Populaire Communale : City People’s Assembly) which is equivalent to the Town Hall.
In the background, the old city, the Casbah, inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage list.
On the front photo of this page, I have tried to give the feeling that you get on arrival in the harbor by gluing 3 photos to make a panoramic view of the bay.
The shot on this tip was taken when leaving the harbor on the ferry. It is not really panoramic but gives also a good view of what you have in front of you before landing or when you leave Algiers.
This shot gives a close up on a mosque. I feel it the "Mosquée de la Pêcherie" (Fishery’s Mosquee) but I would be glad if some one could ascertain the identification.
Thank you Jelena, your Algiers page gives the confirmation that it is actually Djamaa El-Djedid, also named "/Mosquée de la Pêcherie".
Favorite thing: Since Algiers is on the coast, there is an endless shoreline full of wonderful beaches surrounding it. There is a large choice and most of them are public, and accessible at least on foot, although many can be reached directly by car.
Favorite thing: I imagined Algeria as arid drylands, desert everywhere, including the mountains, to be the rocky deserted moonscape. However, nothing is further from the truth in the north, along entire coast and up to 200-300km inlands, the desert begins only there. Entire shoreline, Atlas massif, Kabylie and overall north is covered with grass, forests, vivid exuberant vegetation, orchardyards, vineyards, it even snows in the mountains, and it snows so much that skiing is possible!
Favorite thing: It's a real pity that the seaside in the centre of Algiers is blocked in all kinds of indutries, building sites, chaotic port, warehouses and other non-esthetic things. it takes up a huge space and nothing is left for walking and some leisure time to enjoy by the sea.
Favorite thing: This is Naval Academy and commandment of the naval forces. As you can is it is extremely secured with guards and security checks and passage blocks on its entrance. Itàs a very prestige place to study, I've been told whoever manages to get there is extremely proud of that achievement!
Favorite thing: Algiers is the city of contrasts, from traditional buildings, over French colonial architecture, "Stalyin baroque" (as one of my friends calls communist architecture), ruins of poverty to ultra modern pompous buildings, you can see it all in a small distance. Click to see all the photos of this tip to illustrate.
Although Algeria got its independence in 1962 (Napoleon III colonized Algeria in 1830), the French influence is still very present, starting from the language, which is almost like a mother tongue to Algerians (many speak French to each other!), and the Arabic they speak in Algeria is a dialect mixed with very many French influences. All the technical terms are in French. There is an influence in customs, traditions, architecture, culture... Although Algerians are proud to stress that they are independent and that they fought for their freedom, they are also respectful towards France and keep taking the best of it, and also grateful for all the good things the French brought and how they built the country. The bonds are still strong, and instead of hatred, there is a profitable advantage of the both sides.
The French Embassy occupies a huuuuuuge space the size of a small town and the economical and industrial liaisons are also very strong.
Favorite thing: No wonder Algiers is called Algiers, The White - all the buildings in the downtown area dating back from the French colonial times are white, and they are MANY! They all have blue balconies and windows and beautifully sculpted facades. It reminds me of Cote d'Azur, especially Cannes, I've seen the same kind of buildings there. It certainly is beautiful to walk by among these nice buildings. I've heard something tremendously scary from my Algerian friends - there is some sort of a "plan" to demolish all the old colonial buildings and to build something modern! Luckily lots of people are against it and I hope they will stay where they are and that they will get a proper maintenance and refurbishment! It is a very beautiful city and it would be nothing without its remarkable architecture.