Djemila is another Roman city that is very well preserved. It is from the first century AD and was first populated by Roman soldiers from Italy, but it soon became a trading center and it was populated with 20000. Caracalla rebuilt part of the city with an Arch of Triumph, a new forum and a theater i a hillside.
In the fourth century Christianity was popular and a baptistery and a basilica were built and part of the city was called Christian quarter,
Many of the houses had mosaic, but these were moved to a too small and overloaded museum. It was not allowed to take pictures inside the museum, but I took one before I was stopped.
It was plenty of details to take pictures of and here are some.
I took some pictures of people as well, some without they being aware of it, and some I asked first.
Timgad was a Roman city from the first century AD. It was probably a military camp for the legions guarding the southern border. It was planned for 15000 people but the number of inhabitants increased fast. It was abandoned around 600 AD and was discovered in 1880.
It is a good example of Roman city planning with streets, library, 14 baths, theater, forum, ramparts, layout, and arch of triumph.
Unfortunately the weather was not nice, a drizzle of rain (!) and cold, but I really enjoyed strolling up the main street up to the arch. Going through the arch I found myself talking to young girls.
We had a slight language problem as their English was only a bit better than my French, that does not say much. But we managed to communicate. They were facinated with my blue eyes, they thought blue eyes were so beautiful! I sang “Beautiful, beautiful brown eyes” to them, but I don’t think that made any impressions except giggles.
As usual I tried to take pictures of people, I really enjoy that. Generally speaking, I found the young people to be very cooperative, elderly women refused, and all men liked to be taken pictures of. Here is a selection.
One evening the hotel arranged a concert with tuareg music. The instruments were a citar(?), three drums and a tambourine. Two were sitting on a bench and the drummers on the floor.
The drummers are the ones with light blue robes. The citarplayer was also the singer.
The music was strange and different, but definitely had appeal. Some were even dancing to it. They must have heard something in the music, I didn’t catch.
It was a very special experience, and I felt I got a glimpse into a very different culture, and I like that! I think that is why I travel.
It is country of the tuaregs. The women were not interested in being taken picture of, but I took a couple anyway. The men did not mind at all.
As a young boy (may be 16) I read a book called The rock art in Sahara by a French professor, Henri Lhote. It really facinated me and when I saw a trip to the region in Algeria arranged by a Danish tour organizer, Viktors Farmor, I was quick to join it.
The trip is actually two different parts. First a long week in the Sahara, then a short week in the north visiting interesting cities and old Roman cities.
We traveled into Tassili N’Ajier in the south-east corner i Algeria close to the borders of Libya and Niger.
We were passengers in five four-wheel- drive cars with Tuareg drivers.
We stayed four nights in the Sahara. We had the choice of sleeping in tents or sleeping on mattresses under open skies, and I had two nights in tent and two night just with a mattress. More of my sleeping experience in a separate post later. We drove from cave to cave through the most fantastic landscape with spectacular rock formations.
In the north we visited the city of Constantine and that was a very special city. Then we visited three old Roman cities, the last on the shore of the Mediterranian.
All in all a trip with many great experiences and again a boy’s dreams coming true.
It is probably obvious that I like to take pictures of people, and here is a collection of Peruvian I met.