Travel Blogs from Algiers
... so Rafik decided to head to our first stop. Same was the royal Mauritanian tombs [probable] or the Tomb of the Christian [a cross on the structure]. We reached the site at 0955. Erwin's theory is it the tomb of Juba II, a Numidian king, and his wife, the daughter of Mark Antony and Cleopatra. The structure is massive in scale. Grave robbers have long removed the interior contents. The sky is grey, just washing out the heavens in photographs.
I need an espresso. ...
... got a fresh batch and an espresso, the latter served after the meal on the implication from the serving staff 500 AD. A great orange/pistachio ice cream cone polished things off.
Back to the hotel to prep for the afternoon. Erwin gave me the new hotel wifi password. We were off with Omar the bus driver by 1405 to visit the casbah, the old city of Algiers and our 4th WHS in the country. With a police escort, red lights are not a problem. Erwin gave us a history ...
... coast, there was greenery and many greenhouses. Customs was a bit slow. Glad to see my checked bag as AC did not give me a luggage ticket.
Clearing into the public area, I see two Explore signs. Apparently the flight from Gatwick had come in at the same time. Met the Explore guide Erwin [very affable] and Fariq, the local guide. Went to get some local dinars, happy to see Canuck bucks accepted.
One British gal's visa only started ...
... and even had lunch in a private home there. It was easy to imagine all sorts of evil going on in the area but we saw none and it was a pleasant walk on hot sunny day. At the market at the foot of the Casbah there were lots of people doing their normal shopping. We're now planning our week in Rome and because Rome is so well known, we haven't decided how much, if any, blogging we'll ...
... final count on trip members is 12 customers, 2 local experts on Algerian culture and the owner of the travel company. Today we took a bus trip to nearby Cherchell to visit 2 archeological museums to see some Roman statuary and learn some history, but mainly to see some magnificent Roman mosaics. After Cherchell we went to Tipasa for a large seafood feast, then visited a World Heritage site ...
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- Continental Breakfast
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