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  • Olives and pickles
    Olives and pickles
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    Sahara at home
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    March? fran?ais : fish
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    Fast food !

    by JLBG Written Dec 26, 2005

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    Favorite thing: On a nearby stand, under a protective glass cover, you could buy a dish to eat on the spot. The man had four rectangular metal dishes, one with cooked potatoes, one with raw onions cut in small pieces, one with cooked ground meat and one with shopped parsley. He put some of each in a plate and that was it !

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    Open air souq

    by JLBG Written Dec 26, 2005

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    Favorite thing: From our hotel room, we could see the booth of an open air market on a small square (first photo). The second photo is a close up that shows that it looks busy. We had to take a closer look. Once we reached the market, we saw that they sold shoes and clothes (third photo), piled in heaps on stands that were all about one meter high.

    In some parts of the souq, some stands were not in use and we discovered that they were recycled beds with mesh springing (fourth photo) that had been welded in various ways ! The whole market looked poor and behind the booth, the soil had not been cleaned for a long time (last photo)

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    Shopping arcade, the shops

    by JLBG Written Dec 26, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The first photo shows the arcade with the shops. As it was Thursday afternoon (equivalent of our Saturday), it was very busy.

    The shops were mainly but not only ladies wear. The second and the third photo shows that the dresses are very colorful and of various styles.

    The last photo shows dresses that are meant for wedding and that are richly embroidered with gold thread (enlarge).

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    Shopping arcade

    by JLBG Written Dec 26, 2005

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    Favorite thing: On the outskirts of the city center, a shopping arcade has been opened recently. At the entrance of the private parking lot, a large post says (first photo):
    "Location salle de conference, boutiques, bureaux, restaurant familial au 2ème niveau."
    Offices and lecture rooms are in a small building (second photo) while shops and restaurant are in a larger building (third photo).

    The gallery is decorated with a mosaic that represents the city in the 19th century (fourth photo) and another mosaic shows a superbly clad warrior of that period (last photo)

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    Modest underwears

    by JLBG Written Dec 26, 2005

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    Favorite thing: This photo was of an open air booth that sells underwears of a very different style and obviously not for the same kind of customers. These are (very !) modest and actually so modest that they are not bought by the ladies themselves but by their husbands, which not unusual in Arab countries !

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    Another former department store

    by JLBG Written Dec 26, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The first photo shows the entrance another former department store that has too been turned into a souk, equally only for women clothing.

    The second photo sows the staircase that leads to the ground level (actually half story) of the shop.

    However, this one is obviously classier than the previous one and underwears on display (third photo) could be found anywhere in Europe, which is not the case everywhere (see next tip).

    Dresses are colorful and richly embroidered as can be seen on the last photo.

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    Former department store, the Sahara at home !

    by JLBG Written Dec 26, 2005

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    Favorite thing: At one end of the building, a Sahara nomad's tent has bee reconstructed, with woven carpets hanging and other carpets on the floor (first photo).

    In the middle of what is supposed to be a tent, a teapot (China made) for mint tea, glasses for drinking mint tea and a narguileh (water pipe) and in the background a box of Deglet Noor dates.

    On the left (third photo) a dama gazelle (Gazella dama*) that lives in the northern part of the Sahara. It weighs 40 - 85 kg. It stands 88 - 108 cm at the shoulder. It lives 12 years. It can run as fast as 80 km/h for a few minutes.

    The dama gazelle was once one of the most numerous and widespread of Saharan gazelles from Morocco, Senegal and Mauritania eastward to the Sudan. It experienced a significant decline during the 1950's through the 1970's. By the early 1980's it still occurred over the same general range but was extinct in most areas within its range, though perhaps still locally abundant in some places. The world population is now estimated less than 2500, which makes it an endangered species. It is now thought to occur in the wild only in Algeria, Chad, Mali, Niger, and Sudan. It has been re-introduced in Senegal. The gazelle shown on the photos was 8 month old.

    The last photo shows a close-up where it is eating salad leaves !

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    Former department store

    by JLBG Written Dec 26, 2005

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    Favorite thing: When European lived in Bône, this was a department store. Now, in Annaba, it has been turned to a kind of souk for women clothing. The entrance is the same (first photo) but if you do not know it, you would never know it is a store : there is no sign, no name !

    In this former department store (second photo), the alleys are even narrower than both in the French market or in the Arab market. This is not really a problem because though it is busy, when clothing is involved, there are much less customers than when food is involved !

    The third photo shows more clothes and our Algerian colleague and friend that explain to Françoise how it is working;

    The third and the fourth photo show women clothing hanging from the ceiling or from railing; Here, nothing is for tourists as there are no tourists !

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    The "march? arabe"

    by JLBG Written Dec 26, 2005

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    Favorite thing: What is the difference between the "March? fran?ais" (French market) and the "March? Arabe" (Arabe market) ?

    If you enlarge the first photo, you will see oranges, pears and other fruits in the same way than in the French market

    On the second photo, nothing different, neither.

    The third photo shows cauliflowers artichokes, beans, etc? that are not different neither. The passages between the booths are as narrow as in the French market.

    The fourth photo shows the only difference : it is an open air market (in a different part of the city). Otherwise, everything is the same !

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    USO at the "Marché français"!

    by JLBG Written Dec 26, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The first photo shows strange objects. They are not in the vegetables and fruits section, but always close. They are about 20 cm long, whitish, rough ! What are they for ?

    The second photo shows more of them, together with teddy bears. If you enlarge it, you will also see gloves to rub your back in the bath. This is what they are for !

    The third photo shows "raw" ones that have kept the shape of the special very filamentous zucchini they are coming from, once that the flesh has been removed. On the left, processed ones, when the rough threads have been kind of woven.

    BTW, USO stands for Unidentified Scratching Objects.

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    Pancakes at the "Marché français"!

    by JLBG Written Dec 26, 2005

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    Favorite thing: This is not really pancakes but very thin foils of paste. They are cooked and sold by the number. They are used to make various dishes and many pastries. The general principle is to make several layers with a filling between. Many traditional sweets (Baklava for example) are made with it.

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    Chili at the "Marché français"!

    by JLBG Written Dec 26, 2005

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    Favorite thing: This what you need if you want to cook hot dishes : red chilies. This is used to prepare "harissa", a very popular hot sauce made with cooked mashed red chilies and spices. It is used in the whole Maghreb but is more specific to eastern Algeria and Tunisia.

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    Butchers section at the "March? fran?ais"!

    by JLBG Written Dec 26, 2005

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    Favorite thing: In the butcher's section, the first photo shows mutton offal: lung with the windpipe, heart, spleen (a praised delicacy that I have never tasted). Everything is for sale and nothing will be thrown away !

    If you enlarge the second photo, you will see in the refrigerated chest "merguez", local mutton sausage with spices, that can be very hot but always yummy !

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    Jerusalem artichokes at the "March? fran?ais"!

    by JLBG Written Dec 26, 2005

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    Favorite thing: In the first photo, the vegetables in the foreground are potato like Jerusalem artichokes, called in French "Topinambour". They are tubercles of the American sunflower (Helianthus tuberosus). It has a very special taste, almost like artichoke bottom, hence the name.

    On the second photo, the guy asked me to take a photo, just for the pleasure. Anyway, I will send him a print, he will be even more pleased !

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    Olives and pickles at the "March? fran?ais"!

    by JLBG Written Dec 26, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The first photo shows various kinds of olives. In the front row, large green olives in the left and smaller (another variety) on the right. Between, mid-ripe olives. On the second row, several kinds of pickles with or without olives and in the middles, black olives, fully ripe, with a smoother taste.

    The second photo shows the same kind of olives and in the far right capers, which are locally produced too.

    The third photo shows again the whole set of olives. Local cooking uses extensively olives. There are several meat dishes where green olives are cooked with the meat.

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