A series of anecdotes with or without any connection to the running of a restaurant.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Images of Algeria...

At over 85, Papa is still going strong!



















A very beautiful but noisy mosque...
Six massive speakers calling the faithful to prayer at 4 am! Come on!











Refrigeration repairs Algerian style!



















An old Andalusian style house...



















A tree-lined avenue in my sister's town.





















My old school...














The public park across the road where I spent many dreamy hours...
















Fashion styles...



















Men scrutinising coriander for the daily soup...

19 Comments:

Blogger Mary said...

Papa looks great! The pictures are beautiful. Don't you miss it?

6/11/06 2:51 PM  
Blogger Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

Ya habibti, that takes me back. Is there still that great sign over the dual carriageway going out of Alger which says "Safety Road!" when they meant to say "Drive carefully" ?? Algeria is a beautiful country. Maybe I'll get back there one day?

6/11/06 4:33 PM  
Blogger gautami tripathy said...

Papa really lloks good. Great pictures!

6/11/06 5:39 PM  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

Very interesting and folksy tour Cream.
Papa looks great! I can only hope to look that good at 58 never mind 85!
I saw that fridge on E-Bay!

6/11/06 9:46 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Great photos, Cream. I see a lot of memories in them for you. Looking forward to the text part of you re-tracing your steps...

6/11/06 9:54 PM  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

Oooo, that tree lined avenue had me looking really closely. I wish my street looked like that.

7/11/06 3:42 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Glad your Papa is doing so well - lucky you (and him!).

Prayers at 4am? That's a little early even for me...

And those fridges are hilarious!

Love the buildings and the avenue and the people... thanks for sharing your photos.

7/11/06 11:17 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

ahhh, thanks, Cream, for sharing. I SO want to visit that part of the world; haven't yet, maybe in a couple of years.

your father looks so strong and healthy, that's wonderful for you both!

7/11/06 5:23 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Mary, Papa's great! Yes, Algeria is a beautiful country, and I do miss it but I don't know whether I could live there! Chaotic is not the word!

Daphnée, I remember that sign but I didn't notice it this time! I remarked that English is used more widely. Most towns and villages have English greetings as well as Arabic and French! Must be because of the number of Chinese construction workers that roam the country nowadays! Algiers new airport is not bad at all!

Welcome and thanks, Gautami!

H.E. I'm not sure that I'll reach Papa's age! My liver's shot!
E-bay! Hahahaha!

Andrea, I have a few more photos to post and maybe a few more words...

Yes, Brian that avenue does look good and so cool on a hot summer's day!

Caro, Algeria was an old French colony and the buildings are very old... Many are now quite decrepit!
Those fridges seem to be an advert for the fridge repair shop!
I think that in a little better state than those was on show, it would soon disappear!

Hayden, that neck of the woods is not very healthy for foreigners at the moment! Morocco and Tunisia might be but sadly Algeria's no longer a safe tourist destination!

7/11/06 6:02 PM  
Blogger Tess Tennison said...

Oh I loved seeing these photos of your real home. Your father looks an amazing man. My father would be 81 now if he were still alive, you are very lucky to still have yours. He looks younger than me!!

Wish I could spend a few dreamy hours in that park - looks wonderful. Oh for a bit of sun!

Take care, Cream.
xxx

8/11/06 10:24 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Kitty, Papa is indeed amazing for his age and I am really lucky!
I honestly doubt whether I'll get to be that old unless I have a total body transplant at 60!
Algeria was so warm that I went to the beach twice! I do miss the sun!
Miss you loads! K.

8/11/06 11:31 AM  
Blogger Tess Tennison said...

Sounds wonderful - both the thought of being on the beach in the sun and the idea of a total body transplant. I wonder if I could have one now?

Miss you too.

xxxx

8/11/06 4:30 PM  
Blogger cream said...

I began thinking about a liver transplant but decided I wouldn't mind going the whole hog!

Oh, yeah! Speaking of hogs, I saw two wild boar dead by a roadside one morning! I bet the cars that hit them were written off!
There are so many roaming the countryside now that civilians daren't venture too far in case they get a close shave with a machete!

8/11/06 6:08 PM  
Blogger Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

Aren't they haloufs? Surely it's haram to eat them? Son of the Desert told me he'd eaten wild boar in a restaurant over there in the 1970's when he was doing his military service. He even tricked a very devout colleague into eating some and thought it was a huge joke! Daft Algerian humour, as you say.

8/11/06 6:19 PM  
Blogger muddy red shoes said...

Wow what a great looking place, I would love to go there, looks like loads of subjects for painting!

8/11/06 6:20 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Daphnée, they are indeed halouf but by the time I went past that spot a few hours later, they'd trotted!
I hear that in some remote areas of Kabylie, the local Jambon rivals the best Jamòn Serrano or Prosciutto di Parma!
Son of the Desert, a guy after my own heart!

Sarah, some parts of Algeria look like France after the WW2! You know, that decrepit look... I will post a few more photos soon.

8/11/06 9:26 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

I know I can't visit now... but I still hope that something will change. And as you say, there is Morroco, also a place I want very much to see. More and more of the world is becoming off limits. But then, I spent 3 wonderful weeks in Bali in 2002, against the state dept. advice. home just 2 weeks before the bombings. but then, I don't typically frequent standard tourist spots. It's difficult to weigh between foolhardy and too careful sometimes.

9/11/06 4:04 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Amazing photos Cream. Your Papa does indeed look fabulous at 85! Lucky you for inheriting his genes. Mind you if all men do is hang around waiting for something to happen and look at coriander all day it's no wonder they age well, hehehe ;-)

10/11/06 9:57 PM  
Anonymous guyana-gyal said...

Papa is beautiful. So is Algeria. It's sad that it's not safe for tourists.

I love that tree lined road, love the gold light and the green leaves.

What's happened to your liver?

My brother is visiting after so many years away...so I know how your family must've felt when you were back home.

11/11/06 3:57 PM  

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