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... off by 1020 for Cherchell, known in ancient times as Caeserea. We continued along the Mediterranean coast, the waters a bit choppy.
Rafik gave a talk on politics, a subject he does not like as he does not vote, in part as he feels unqualified to pass judgment and per the Koran. His take was the country has an authoritarian regime in the guise of a democracy. It is odd indeed for the president to appoint himself as the minister of defence. He rolled his eyes at ...
... was hard to comprehend as many of the dynasties and names were hard to grasp, even correlating same to European dynasties and names.
We climbed high into the casbah to start our roughly 2H walk down. We entered several buildings to get a feel of an Ottoman house, an Islamic calligraphy museum, etc. I joshed with Rafiq about how wide a door there would have to be for Haggus Baggus.
We had a nice vista out over the casbah at one residence. It was windy ...
... the Algiers route is not a biggie for Lufthansa. The Airbus 319-100 was parked out on a runway. Rain was our going away present.
The flight was pretty much full. Had a form to fill in and I fumbled around with it re my French [getting chunks of it wrong, the guy at customs reworking several areas].
Lunch was before 1100, seemingly an omelette topped with potatoes. The time passed as I screwed up a sudoku.
Today, 9/22, we left Algeria and flew to Rome. Yesterday was spent touring Algiers with the focus on the famous Casbah. The Casbah was originally a fortress that morphed into a residential area with tiny passageways and long stairways on the side of the hill. Our State Dept. recommends not going to the area because of possible danger, but we went as group accompanied by our ...
... ruins, including a 2nd century amphitheater, 4th century basilica, and other remains of homes and businesses. this was a large site right on the Mediterranean and was the highlight of the despite sporadic rainfall. On the way back to Algiers we stopped at the 2nd century BC Mausoleum of Mauratania, about which little is known since when archeologists opened the tomb, no body or artifacts were ...