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Algiers

What a great city; what a great surprise. I don't think I had any idea of what Algiers would be like. The only images I'd ever seen were in a black and white and filmed half a century ago for the film, The Battle for Algiers. So it was a great surprise to arrive in what I think is one of the most beautiful cities I've certainly ever seen. I had only a 12 hour layover on my way home to Dubai from Burkina Faso, but I got a transit visa and went into town. I checked into a cheap hotel by the corniche (1300 dinars), slept for about an hour waiting for the sun to come up -- I arrived at 5:30 am. And then when it did I went and walked around until about 12:30 and then had lunch at an exquisite little restaurant and then went back to the airport. But it made me definitely want to travel more in Algeria. Wonderful people, amazing city.
A great big cloud blew through town
A great big cloud blew through town
Mosque in the Casbah
Mosque in the Casbah
Got yelled at for taking this photo by a soldier. Serious police presence on the street
Got yelled at for taking this photo by a soldier. Serious police presence on the street
Corniche
Corniche
Sun rise
Sun rise
Corniche
Corniche
Sunrise
Sunrise
Very elegant, clean lines
Very elegant, clean lines
Couldn't stop shooting the harbor
Couldn't stop shooting the harbor
Mosaic
Mosaic
Cat
Cat
Palm tree
Palm tree
Street, downhill
Street, downhill
That cloud
That cloud
Coast guard building.
Coast guard building.
Corniche again
Corniche again
Fisherfolk
Fisherfolk
Nice bright colors
Nice bright colors
Mosque, cloud
Mosque, cloud
Maybe I took too many of it
Maybe I took too many of it
But it was just too stunning to stop
But it was just too stunning to stop
Coast guard again
Coast guard again
Harbor
Harbor
Renovation in progress
Renovation in progress
Looking out, from near the top of the hill
Looking out, from near the top of the hill
Nice apartment buildings
Nice apartment buildings
The hill is steep
The hill is steep
But it rewards you with great shots everywhere you look
But it rewards you with great shots everywhere you look
So nice
So nice
Statue to the Martyrs
Statue to the Martyrs
Got yelled at for taking this picture too
Got yelled at for taking this picture too
And this
And this
And this
And this
This was okay. Its just the post office.
This was okay. Its just the post office.