Wish You Were Here…Algeria Africa

The Sahara Desert in Africa

This week is the beginning of an alphabetical journey around the world. I thought I would try to begin with the historical place of Algeria, Africa since it is almost at the top of the list and one of the oldest.

Ancient Roman influences in Algeria

Cirta, Algeria's oldest continuously inhabited city

It has been populated since approximately 10,000 BC. The natives to this area of North Africa are known as The Berbers. The daily life of these prehistoric people can be found in cave paintings in the Tassili n’Ajjer, a mountain range section of the Sahara Desert.

Ancient cave painting

There was a time when this climate was moister, a savannah rather than desert.

Painting by Eugène Delacroix called Women of Algiers (in their apartment) depicting concubines in a harem smoking a Hooka

Muslim Arabs arrived in Algeria around the mid-7th century then numerous local Berber dynasties emerged. Today nearly all Algerians are Muslim or mixed Arab-Berber. Its boundaries have shifted over history depending on its conquests. Today’s boundary was established by the French which declared Algeria independent on July 3, 1962

Martyrs Memorial for those who lost their lives in the fight for independence

Algeria Coast - photo credit by Jelena - Aurorae Travels

While his isn’t an area that a person might consider for a romantic destination, the rich history as well as the political diversities could make for a great romantic adventure with an international flair. (Blatant promotion for fellow sizzler Jillian Chantal novels) I could picture a developing romance between one of the Algerian players competing for the world cup and an American “TechWoman” in the country to mentor Algerian women in the field of technology. (Yes, this is a real program)
The purpose of this day is not only to find the usual romantic destinations, but also include some places you might not consider. One thing that is universal is the emotion of love. Throughout the ages, world history and literature has shown even the most unlikely of couples can find their happily ever after.

The Sheraton in Algeria

With images like these, who couldn’t find a way to create a little romance in the most unlikely of places?

Constantines Gorges - photo credit World Travel Guide

Next scheduled destination Back Bay, Bahamas.

2 Responses

  1. lovely

  2. Beautiful place. I love the Martyrs Memorial. Such a lovely concept and building.

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