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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Holiday in Algeria - Sidi Fredj

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Well..........its been awhile! You will have to excuse me, I full intended on posting while I was in Algeria - but alas, no internet access until a few days before we left. So I have ALOT of catching up to do! I took a lot of photos in Algeria. It was great - and my dear husband was so kind as to take control of the toddler when we went out, so that I could have an opportunity to snap some pictures, and try out the new skills that I learned in my photo class.

So the next few entries will consist of the places that we visited while in Algeria. We had a few really great excursions; Sidi Fredj, Tipaza, The Monument to the Martyrs, The Casbah....oh yes....THE CASBAH!

Today I am going to post some pictures of Sidi Fredj. Sidi Fredj is a small costal port town that is famous for summer holidays. They have some pretty impressive hotels there - but more impressive to me was the history behind Sidi Fredj and the truly unique things that we found there. My husband told me that Sidi Fredj was actually the place that the French landed in 1830, when they colonized Algeria.

When you first enter the port area you see the following:


















Lots of boats - no people! Well, at least in February! I suspect that the scene looks a lot different in the summer. There is an amazing old cobble-stone walkway on the left, that leads to the rest of the port. Let's follow Nidal, and see where it goes...



















We pass some boats on our right:

















Nidal decides its time to commandeer a boat, and go for a ride:















Yes, for real, he got in - and we had a really, really hard time getting him out. Watch now as he commands his underlings to do his bidding, on his boat:















Ok, 10 tantrum filled minutes later.... we are on our way to see the rest of the port. This sign apparently tells you that you are on the right path to see the sea. And you will see the sea! But not just yet...















I stopped off to snap a picture of the water rushing up to the steps, this is one of my favorite pictures from Sidi Fredj:















To the left of the sea walk, as you progress to the sea, there are these amazingly old and ridiculously old white buildings. I think that they must be from the Ottoman Period. But I can't find anything (in English, anyway) to back that up. But I think based on the architecture, they have to be at least Ottoman, maybe older - If anyone knows - please comment!!! I will let the pictures speak for themselves...
The first cluster of buildings are built over a canal that leads from a space in the seawall to the port. 


































An antiques store:















And through the archway, you find this scene. It is literally a space in the seawall, where the ocean is crashing through. Its dramatic, and it leaves you wondering - now, what exactly is between me and that crashing ocean???? We will find out later...















This is the scene from the other end of the canal, love the footbridge above the canal:



































Here is the canal going out into the harbor. And this poor, forlorn looking boat, just tethered to the pier...















After you pass this cute courtyard.....


































You arrive at a very, very old house. It is at least Ottoman, if not older. It clearly has had some restoration work done on it. And some odd-patching. But really - the inside that has been left alone, is stunning!! I don't know if my pictures can do it justice - but I will try!
This is the ground floor entrance, and you can already see the columns in the inner courtyard... If anyone knows what this place is - please comment!!


































The next photo is me standing in the courtyard and looking up at the balcony. The tiles and woodwork were gorgeous! Would LOVE to live in a place like this!!!

































Then we ventured up to the second floor...

































And a view down into the courtyard from the second floor:















Now...off to the sea....
As you reach the end of the harbor walk, you come up to these storage lockers, in the sea wall. Which I thought were pretty neat looking. 















Here's a closeup of number 26:



































I noticed that there were some people strolling along the top of the sea wall....

































So I thought I would go up and take a look. And see what the ocean looked like from up there.

HELLO!!!!! It is the moment that you climb to the top of the sea wall, you realize - you are actually below sea level! And the Mediterranean Ocean is crashing down upon you - and the only thing holding it back - is this sea wall. OUTTA HERE!!!















Yes, we decided to say goodbye, as the ocean was looking a bit rough for our tastes.....

But we did pass this lovely stone barrier, on the way out:















We had a great time vising Sidi Fredj - and I would really like to go back in the summer time, and see it at it's busiest!

Next up - Tipaza!

xoxo
Umm Nidal

8 comments:

  1. At long last!!!! Glad to have you back, the pics are great mashallah. Thankyou for taking me back to a lovely spot in dz...take care

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  2. I can't get over how beautiful these photos are!!! Thanks SO much for sharing!!!

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  3. these are fabulous pics! I'm wondering how I can have lived in algiers for over 5 years and never seen this!

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  4. Mashallah Cindi,what beautiful pics.I go here occasionally for coffee,but never seen it in such lovely photos!!!

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  5. masha'Allah pics look amazing sis.. :D well done you, glad to have you back though :D I missed you :)

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  6. Masha'Allah lovely photos! I recognise all very well as we take a walk there every single time we go to Algiers; it's not too far from hubby's village. I have a photo very similar to your 11th (mine was taken on a mobile phone though)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/23745688@N04/2757347425/

    Also have one of the very same antiques store... doesn't look like they sold much since we were there, lol!

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  7. Thanks Ladies! I missed you all too!!! It's good to be back home, although, now missing everyone in DZ.
    If you have not been to Sidi Fredj - yes you must see it. I bet it is nice in the summer!
    @Nicola - great camera phone pic! Mine all look horrible - maybe you have something going there...

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  8. oh beautiful photos....thanks for sharing....I used to go there alot while in algeria....look forward to more photos from dz

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