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I am married to my loving husband for more than 38 years now. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children, until 11 years ago when I lost my youngest son. Since then my life is forever altered but yet unbroken....

My Travel Journal

"There isn't much I haven't shared with you along the road and through it all there'd always be tomorrow's episode" - Elton John

I started traveling around the world since early 80s when I had the opportunity to combine business trips with vacations. Then later when my rezeki is in abundance, there were numerous other trips along the way for vacations, most of the time with hubby and the kids when the timing is right. I have also started to compile the journal and photo-pages covering almost more than 25 years of world wide travel. Some destinations I visited just once, others many times. Many of those places are the obvious famous places people would like to visit but some, the casual traveler doesn't even think to try. I have placed links to my travel at the side bar of my personal page, My Life Reflections, and will be updating them from time to time.

My wish is to continue my travel and complete circumnavigate the globe, insyaAllah…

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Algeria Day 04: Oran - Paris of Algeria...

“Some journeys don't have endings, they lead to new beginnings. These are the journeys that lead to great adventures!” - Alex Haditaghi

(A good view of Oran port from the view point)

Day 04: 07 October 2016 (Friday)
Route: Oran - Algiers
Distance: 432 km
Hotel: Albert City Centre Hotel, Algiers

Oran is an important coastal city that is located in the north-west of Algeria. It is considered the second most largest and important city after Algiers due to its commercial, industrial, and cultural importance. The name Oran is derived from the Berber word ‘uharan’ that means two lions. A legend says that in 900 AD, lions still lived in the area. The last two lions were hunted on a mountain near Oran and are elsewhere referred to as mountain lions.

(A painting of an old souk)
(Picking ripened dates)
(Watching the golden sunset from the beach)
(A popular seaside resort for tourists)
(Algerian wedding on the beach)

We had breakfast at the hotel restaurant. By 8:00 am we checked out and started our tour of Oran City.

Our first visit is to the Fort Santa Cruz, one of the three forts in Oran. The other two forts are Fort de la Moune at the western end of the port and Fort St. Philippe, a replacement of the old castle of the Saints, at the centre of Oran. The three forts are connected by tunnels. Fort Santa Cruz was built on the Pic d’Aidour above Gulf of Oran in the Mediterranean Sea, at an elevation of above 400 metres.

(Miles of sandy quiet beach)
(National Army on the alert at all time)
(Driving uphill on the mountain road)
(Fort Santa Cruz perched on the hill top)
(Chapel of Santa Cruz with the statue of Virgin Mary)

A small chapel, known as the Chapel of Santa Cruz, stands close to the fort. This chapel has been refurbished with a tower, which has a huge statue of the Virgin Mary, said to be a replica of that at Notre Dame de la Garde in Marseilles, styled as Notre Dame du Salut de Santa Cruz.

(A good view of the city and harbor)
(The chapel is under renovation)
(The many arches of the chapel)
(A clear blue sky)
(The day began to get hazy) 

We drove uphill to another view point for photo shots. There are a museum and a mosque under construction and renovation. There is a small green mosque perched at the edge of the hill. From here we could sight the old cable car towers and the Santa Cruz Fort overlooking the harbour.

(A museum under construction)
(An old unused cable car tower)
(View of the fort and the harbor)
(Stairs leading to another view point)
(A small cubical green mosque on the hill)

We visited Oran's major square, place du 1er November, a popular tourist attraction. It is a beautiful place in the middle of town, where the old Theatre-Opera and the old City Town Hall are located. The center of the place are marked by a fountain and a nice monument dedicated to Algerian heroes Emir Abdel Kader and Sidi Ibrahim. The Oran's tram Central Station is situated close by.

(Driving through the city of Oran)
(Oran Square, Place du 1er November)
(Memorial monument in the centre)
(Statue of victory on top of the monument)
(The Opera House at the end of the square)
(A major tram line running accross town)

As we are travelling, the men decided to skip Friday prayers. Not many shops and restaurants were opened on Friday and we wasted some time looking for a place to eat. We had our lunch at a small restaurant in the suburb. Lunch was beef on skews, beef burger, rice and French fries. We bought some dates from the roadside vendor to be consumed during the journey.

(The many monuments in town)
(Oran Trade and Convention Center)
(Driving around the town of Oran)
(Seats to rest tired feet, with a good view)
(Clean streets, busy traffic)
(Colorful murals on the wall)
(Many parks and gardens)
(One of the many brown brick buildings in town)
(Many new modern architecture)

After lunch we visited Abdul Hamid Ibn Badis Mosque for some photo shots. Our visit was cut short as the mosque was starting to get crowded with people from all over who came to perform their Friday prayers.

(Abdul Hamid Ibn Badis Mosque)
(A modern mosque with a capacity of 25,000)
(Higher institute of learning and a centre of Islamic Art)
(Spending Algerian Dinar on souvenirs)
(Major traffic jam on the way to Algiers)

From Oran we drove back to Algiers and checked-in Albert City Centre Hotel for the night.

(Fine French dining at the hotel restaurant)

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