AUGUST ⟩⟩⟩ Back to the sea: Admirers of the Algerian capital have long lamented that it is a city which “has turned its back to the sea,” thanks largely to a major industrial port that has grown to dominate the waterfront. “Alger 2030”, an ambitious plan launched earlier this decade, promises to replace the port with seaside promenades and refocus urban life around the Bay of #Algiers. AOUT ⟩⟩⟩ Retour à la mer : Les admirateurs de la capitale algérienne ont longtemps déploré le fait que cette ville « tourne le dos à la mer », en grande partie dû à l'imposant port industriel qui domine le front de mer. « Alger 2030 », un plan ambitieux lancé en début des années 2010, promet de remplacer le port par des promenades balnéaires et de recentrer la vie urbaine autour de la baie d’#Alger.
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At many points along our route, the brilliant band of green flanking the river narrowed dramatically, yielding abruptly, just a stone's throw from the shallows, to the yellow wasteland beyond. ⟩⟩ New on ibnibnbattuta.com ⟩⟩ The Nile: Egypt's Endangered Lifeblood
Along with aggressive guides, shady tour operators, and other unsavory characters, #Egypt's touts are a perennial drag on the tourist experience. Many have tried to find a formula for dissuading them, but few have succeeded. I am proud to count myself among those few, because while at the pyramids, I discovered a foolproof way to make every tout do an immediate about-face and never return: speak to them in Algerian. ... ⟩⟩ Read more on ibnibnbattuta.com ⟩⟩ Ancient Egypt in the Modern World: Touring the #Pyramids, Luxor, and Beyond
In its heyday, the #temple would have been heavily guarded, adorned with flags, the intricate hieroglyphs covering its interior surfaces all painted in brilliant blues and yellows and reds, its obelisks capped with gold. If #Karnak's scale and intricacy leave us—inhabitants of a world filled with skyscrapers—awestruck, just try to fathom how simple herders coming in from the desert thousands of years ago, having never seen any construction larger than a tent, might have interpreted the sight of such a place in its full splendor. ⟩⟩ Read more on ibnibnbattuta.com ⟩⟩ Ancient #Egypt in the Modern World: Touring the Pyramids, #Luxor, and Beyond
If you stand before the pyramids at Giza, the Temple at #Karnak, the flawlessly painted hieroglyphs engraved in chambers deep beneath the earth in the Valley of the Kings, and are not awestruck, you simply must stand longer. ⟩⟩ New on ibnibnbattuta.com ⟩⟩ Ancient #Egypt in the Modern World: Touring the Pyramids, #Luxor, and Beyond