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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 08: Timgad - Ancient City in the Aures Mountains...

“The best part of the journey is the surprise and wonder along the way...” - Ken Poirot

(Trajan Arch in Timgad)

Day 08: 11 October 2016 (Tuesday)
Route: Constantine - Timgad - Biskra
Distance: 187 km
Hotel: Hotel Les Ziban, Biskra

We had breakfast at the hotel café. After checking-out we began our journey towards Biskra via Batna and Timgad.

(Onward journey to Biskra via Batna)
(Thick mist in the mountain)
(Date plantations in between arid desert and rocky mountains)
(Old olive oil refinery by the old railway tracks)

In Batna we visited the Medracen tomb, a mausoleum numide dating from the century on the territory of Boumia. It is a gigantic dome ringed with columns with capitals style Doric. It is the oldest preserved ancient royal mausoleum of North Africa. According to medieval historians, it takes its name from a king of Numidia. As a World Heritage, it is ranked among the 100 most endangered monuments on the planet.

(The ancient royal tomb)
(Medracen Tomb, a Numide Mausoleum)

Next we visited the Roman-Berber town of Timgad in the Aurès Mountains. It was founded by the Emperor Trajan around AD 100. The full name of the town was Colonia Marciana Ulpia Traiana Thamugadi. Trajan commemorated the city after his mother Marcia, eldest sister Ulpia Marciana, and father Marcus Ulpius Traianus.

(Ancient Roman City of Timgad)
(The entrance to the Archaeological site)
(Stone slabs from the excavation sites)
(A sarcophagus, the ancient coffin)
(Ancient water fountain)
(Two perpendicular routes running through the ancient city).
(Latin inscription chiseled into the stones)
(The Triumph arch among the historical remains)
(Known as the Numidian Pompeii)
(Standing at an altitude of 1,070 meter)
(The grandeur of Rome on Numidian soil)
(Stone slabs with inscriptions)
(Camel-like stone formation)
(Also known as the ancient city of Thamugadi)
(Amused by the well-preserved remains). 

Timgad Roman Ruins is located about 35 km east of the town of Batna. The ruins are noteworthy for representing one of the best extant examples of the grid plan as used in Roman city planning. Because no new settlements were founded on the site after the 7th century, the town was partially preserved under sand up to a depth of approximately one meter. The encroachment of the Sahara on the ruins was the principal reason why the town is so well preserved.

(The Roman Amphitheater)
(A short rest after a long walk)
(The Museum Curator and our guide in the Ancient City)
(A point for a good acoustic sensor-round)
(A city once buried in the sand of the Algerian desert)
(The passageway built for powerful carts)
(Northern slope of the Aures mountains)
(The main passageway leading to the Trajan Arch)
(One for the album - The two of us)
(The majestic Arch of Trajan)
(Columns and pillars standing strong)
(Leaving Timgad for Biskra)

We had lunch at a small local restaurant and performed our prayers at Masjid Al-Sanah along the route. Before reaching Biskra, we stopped at a date palm plantation at a wadi while waiting for our police escort to change shift.

(Lunch at a small restaurant
(Prayer break at a Al-Sanah Mosque)
(Journey through mountain road)
(Date palm plantation at an oasis)
(Ripened dates ready for harvest)

El Gorge de Kantara is an oasis town located 52 km north of Biskra. The natural site of El Kantara and Roman heritage are classified and protected since 1923. Wadi El Oued El Kantara is formed into irrigation channels, supplying water to the town. The first inhabitants of the town are original Berber.

(Bridges and aqueducts from the Oasis town)
(Road tunnels in the rocky mountain)
(Passing through Gorge de Kantara)
(Shops selling local handicrafts)
(A stall selling fresh olives and olive oil)
(Camel farms along the route)

Before arriving at Hotel Les Ziban, we stopped to buy dates at a shop in the town of Biskra. Dinner was served in the hotel restaurant.

(Arriving at the town of Biskra)
(Biskra famous dates)

(Arriving at Les Ziban Hotel)
(A hearty dinner of roti and mutton curry)
(A painting on the wall)

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