Sofitel Algiers Hamma Garden
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... with some meet and the harrissa sauce 50 AD. Across the street was a bakery every bit as nice as Criveller's back home. Opted for one delectable option 40 AD. Erwin got some sweets there for Shoki's birthday; none for Tobacco Man the apparent diabetic.
We drove to the hippodrome. There was indeed little to see. We could not take any pictures in any event due to the presence of a military zone. Legal Eagle suggested seeing it was the highlight of the tour. We ...
... br> We were back aboard the bus at 1620, a very light drizzle falling. Shoki had emailed that he was 80k from Algiers.
We headed for the Basilica of Notre-Dame d'Afrique, Tony extolling the virtues of Malta. It was a long climb, up switchbacks. The church was a 'French statement' based on Sacre Couer in Paris. Erwin described the interior as cartoonish. I would demure, calling it bright, perhaps geared toward new disciples to the church. It had a large organ. ...
... to get a bit of the lowdown from Erwin.
Most across the street thereafter to Restaurant Djurdjura. Had chicken and french fries plus lots of olives 350 AD. The food came very fast and was fine. Tony has done a good deal of traveling, including the Shongololo Express.
Mucked up a post-dinner beer but a chance to get the wifi code and update the blog before it falls behind.
Showered and bed thereafter. The alarm is set for 0430.
... 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 ...
... 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 ...