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

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

More Algerian Scenes...

I think "higglety-pigglety" is an Algerian architectural style that has total disregard for urbanism!



















This is not a queue! Just men doing nothing, waiting for something to happen...















A quiet town square...















A quiet street...














A quiet street leading to the Old Mosque...



















This is not a pedestrian street!!! Eden? Definitely not!!!




















Strange building!



















The noisy mosque and Atlas mountains in the background...















The mosque between services...















Hurrying home from school...















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14 Comments:

Blogger Mary said...

Such a different world. I am glad you are sharing your pictures.

8/11/06 11:20 PM  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

Do all of those men who are waiting for something to happen have those la-di-da three hour lunchbreaks...or the 8hr kind?

I don't see any mini skirts what else do they look at beside soup?

I think that I'd like the slow moving pace for a couple of days anyway..
where are all of the pictures of you at the disco out on the dance floor all covered in foam around 4am!?

8/11/06 11:33 PM  
Blogger msliberty said...

Yes, thank you for sharing these beautiful images with us.

9/11/06 3:55 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Great to see this glimpse of such a different climate and culture - thanks!

9/11/06 8:18 AM  
Blogger Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

It all looks a lot cleaner than when I was there ... these digital cameras really enhance everything. I was told Place des Martyres was so called because of the thousands of martyrs who waited in vain hope of a bus every day. Great Algerian humour!

There's another Algerians-in-WW2 film out here called La Couleur du Sacrifice. Just like not seeing a bus for 30 years and then two come along together !!

9/11/06 1:07 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

thinking of the pic of men waiting for something to happen. sounds very like european - especially Italian - scenes I've heard of before the present era.

today in the west we think busy is a virtue and would never wait together for something to happen. Instead we sit alone and watch TV and pretend that it is something happening.

9/11/06 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Ale said...

yeah when i was in costa rica- hanging around at the bus stations seemed to be THE thing to do- even people that werent going anywhere would come along to "hang out"

that's what it reminded me of

9/11/06 4:22 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Mary, it is most definitely a different world. Even to me sometimes!

HE, Discos? Papa wouldn't let me go out! haha! I think they exist but exclusively in big cities.

Msliberty, welcome and thank you!

Caro, glad you enjoyed the tour!

La Place des Martyrs and there were 1½ million of them during the war! Algerian buses? Tinned sardines!
Will have to look out for this second film! Maybe an excuse to visit my brother in Paris!

Hayden, I've never been to Morocco but Tunisia yes! And I like it.
I like your wise words about Western ways! It is such a shame that we all tend to fall into that trap! I resist a little...

Ale, I don't know whether they call it "hanging out" but they do quite a bit of it!

9/11/06 5:52 PM  
Blogger wandering-woman said...

Great pictures, cream. Thanks for posting them...I do feel like I 've visited a different world.
The Higgledy Piggledy style and the sitting on the bench remind me of Spanish pueblos...

9/11/06 9:15 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Wanderer, I think that the same stuff happens in most Mediterranean, no matter what side of that beautiful sea!

10/11/06 9:41 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

beautiful!! Inspiring.

10/11/06 7:30 PM  
Blogger Lilah said...

Cream I've really enjoyed seeing your pictures. The buildings are so interesting.

11/11/06 1:19 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Welcome back Alina! Thanks!

Welcome, Lilah! Thanks.

11/11/06 9:48 AM  
Anonymous guyana-gyal said...

Oooh, that mixed up architecture is just great...gives the place character!

The men waiting, the crowds in the street...hm...kinda like here...

11/11/06 4:01 PM  

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