Tuesday, October 26, 2010




"PALACE OF THE RAÏS - BASTION 23 - The Palace is one of the most important historic monuments of Algiers and is a witness of the connection of the Casbah with the sea in the Ottoman era. The complex includes three palaces and six houses""





"HOTEL EL AURASSI - In the far distance..."



"JARDIN D'ESSAI - BOTANICAL GARDEN - Created in 1832, it was renewed from 2001 through 2009"

"GARDEN VIEWS - Including the National Museum of Fine Arts"

"MUSEUM - VIEWS - And Algiers by night..."


Trotter said...

Hi Everybody! After the Casbah, we’ll visit some palaces in Algiers, including the Palace of the Raïs, and we’ll see some fabulous views of town, old and new! Enjoy and have a great week ahead!

[G@ttoGiallo] said...

Hi Gil,
What are those beautiful trees you've shot in the botanical garden ?

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous photos as always! I really love the colorful tile work! Fantastic! Fun, fascinating and interesting places! Hope you're feeling better!


Cloudia said...


Aloha from Honolulu

Comfort Spiral


Rakesh Vanamali said...

Brilliant pictures, as always! Love the wide open spaces and the architecture! Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Great pictures. I love the tiles and the trees in the botanical garden.

Olivier said...

encore de belles photos qui nous font rever. c'est magnifique

Light and Voices said...

Jeepers Algiers is simply lovely. I especially like the photo of a man walking alone with a tunnel of trees as foreground and background. Very nice photos.
Joyce M

P.N. Subramanian said...

Fantastic! The photograph of a man walking through the tunnel of trees is superb. Thanks.

alicesg said...

Very lovely photos of your trip. I love the botanical garden with the trees.

hpy said...

Beautiful plces, including the gardens.

joo said...

I'm in love with the tiles! Simply marvellous!
Have a nice day:)

SusuPetal said...

That botanical garden looked charming!

BLOGitse said...

Looks very familiar - balconies are for beddings!
That should be forbidden. Every now and then our upstairs are hanging their beddings so that our view is their bedding!
Great shots though! :)
Happy Thursday!

RNSANE said...

Fabulous photography. The city, of course, seems so very crowded but the ocean views are spectacular. The palace tile work is most incredible.

I, too, found the trees at the Botanical Garden quite interesting with the branches like arches under which to walk. It was nice to see a picture of the two of you together,by the way!

Ron said...

Very nice and very interesting post. Happy Halloween:)

Emery Roth said...

It must have been a beautiful trip to catch such beautiful images. Some day maybe I'll get there. In the meantime, thnks for helping me dream.

Ash said...

Gorgeous photos, particularly loved the one with the man walking along the trees!

leo said...

Hi Gil
Algiers from your lens looked very interesting plus all that beautiful tile works. And I especially enjoyed the items to shop :D
Sorry for the long absence. Even my blog is suffering :((
You have a good weekend.

Pietro Brosio said...

Hi Gil! How many wonderful sights, they are really thrilling!
Happy weekend!

RuneE said...

I some way it was the lonely man in the Botanical garden that put it all in perspective.

Urmi said...

Hope your health is fine now. Take proper care of your health. Get well soon. All the pictures are so beautiful that it cannot be expressed in words. Marvellous photography. The wonderful architecture of the ceilings are breathtaking. Gorgeous pictures.

indicaspecies said...

This is lovely. For me the Ardin D'Essai would also be particularly interesting!
Have a lovely weekend Gil.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shits, One more place to be seen.

Lakshmi said...

what a kaleidescope of colours..just loved the pics ..thanks for sharing Gil

yyam said...

Oh wow! Love the cultural details you've captured in your shots! I've really enjoyed looking at them! :)

Nikon said...

I love the photo of the guard in the park - great composition.
The tiles are staggering! Very beautiful.
Your pictures always show how exotic Northern Africa is.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Gil
Beautiful views! I would love to shop in the market. I loved the copper and brass items.
Hope you are feeling better!

eye in the sky said...

It's interesting how their palace looks more like a fortress.

Your shot of Jardin D'Essai is simply one of your all-time best. It's for the books.

Indrani said...

Terrific pictures. :)
A country I may never be able to visit, gives me great pleasure to view the glimpses here.

Lara Neusiedler said...

hi there, I am not really blogging these weeks, again lots of things to do, but I am sending my best wishes!

PeterParis said...

Sorry for being such an absent comentator lately! I have been a little bit too busy! I have now made the tour of your latest posts! You may often make short trips, but you really make the maximum of them! Thanks for all this!!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous tile work! And what are those trees? Hope you are feeling better now! :)

Joseph Pulikotil said...


Lovely photos of amazing location and they are a treat for the eyes. You are indeed privileged to walk around these gorgeous places and watch everything in person.

I am thrilled to watch these photos through your lenses and I am lucky too.

Wish you all the best,

Zuzana said...

These images are simply stunning, so much colour, and such an incredibly beautiful architecture. So exotic!
Thank you so much for your recent visit and kind comment.:)

rochambeau said...

The tiles!!!!!! Adore the tiles!!! AND the kissing tree at JARDIN D'ESSAI - BOTANICAL GARDEN!

Hope you're feeling better Gil!
Hello to Mrs. T.


Anonymous said...

The garden looks spectacular!


Anonymous said...

The garden looks spectacular!


Gattina said...

Looks very much like Morocco ! I am back from Egypt since yesterday and have to get used to the fog and cold again !

Joy said...

I love the colourful tiles. The place just looks so different from the western world. How very exotic.

Hope you have a great start to your week!

Many thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo and leaving your comment. Come visit again tomorrow!

seema gupta said...

superb, marvelleous, i am just lost in this pictures.


Trotter said...

Hi Everybody! Here I am, still fighting those viruses in the pharynges/larynges area, while Blogtrotter Two is preparing to leave Algeria 2009 and venture in the first trip of 2010... You see, no trips in November or December 2009 (and actually also none in January 2010), which is good to reduce the delay in posting but is terrible for mental sanity... ;)). And, as we’ll probably see later today, restoring sanity is absolutely paramount... ;)
Thanks for your presence and support! Great pleasure to read you here!!

I believe they are some kind of palm trees; the flowers are the famous Strelitzia, Crane Flower or Bird of Paradise, one of the fabulous flowers we have in Madeira Island where I was born... ;)

The tiles - Moorish style - are always a great treat to the eyes and the soul... We also have lots of them here, fruit of the long Moorish presence in the Iberian Peninsula...

Yeah! Aloha!!

My pleasure!! As the city is somehow an amphitheatre over the bay, the views from the high buildings always provide an amazing open space panorama... Nothing compared when you’re confined within the Casbah... ;)

Tiles and trees: that makes sense for a poem; but you’ll need to be the poet, as on this side it’s hard to make a rhyme... ;)

C’est bien tout ce qui nous fait rêver… Même quand New York est trop loin, le droit au rêve devrait être inscrit dans les Déclarations du Droit de la Personne (pour être typiquement, politiquement correct… ;))

Well, some moderation on the enthusiasm... ;) Don’t forget that I always show the nice things to be seen and avoid the ugliness and the more disturbing aspects of each place... And, of course, every place has its appalling aspects... ;))
That picture seems to have made a great career on this post... ;)

I see you also joined the line initiated by Joyce.... That picture came out quite well indeed...

I’m glad you liked that one; but maybe you were also fond of some of the other pictures included on this post... ;))

The gardens - if you forget the zoo, which was probably the place where I’ve seen the animals in the worst condition in the last fifty years (just imagine a condor in a small cage...) – were truly wonderful, and it seems they have been restored some few months before...

Trotter said...

Part Two:

So, you will have to come to Lisbon and visit the Tile Museum at the Monastery of Madre de Deus; it’s a fabulous collection and the church itself a masterpiece in the tile industry... Furthermore, the sun is shining and the temperature today is 20º Celsius... ;))

And it wasn’t the only charming around... ;) But truly they have to find a solution for those animals in the zoo... 

Amazing that idea that balconies are for beddings, and that the view you are entitled to are neighbours’ beddings... What a smell... ;). I thought balconies were only for satellite dishes... ;)).

Great advantage of being a city by the sea: you may always have great views, even when you don’t have an Ocean in front of you... just a sea... ;)
It seems everybody fell in love with those trees and the guard... ;). And we were lucky to have someone around to take a picture of us both, which occurs quite seldom...

Halloween just passed and I think nobody noticed it here in Lisbon... You know, in Europe isn’t much praised, but, with the globalization, we may be getting some pumpkins around... ;)

You have better wait better days to get there; if ever there will be better days with all the threats that travellers are facing nowadays...

That one was the bingo picture on this post!! I’m happy to catch one bingo on each post; it’s already a treat... ;)

I see that at least you keep your shopping mood high, even when the blogging mood is low... ;))

I’m glad that you find it thrilling!!

You’re right! That guy was supposed to lead us from the entrance (and the zoo area) to the other entrance/exit (on the other side of the garden, near the Bardo Museum), which is usually always closed... And he was running fast to make sure that we don’t lose much time... The problem was that we were all enjoying and taking pictures... ;))

Trotter said...

Thanks! It could be better, as my throat is still in pain... ;-(
It’s true that those ceilings are absolutely stunning! Well not Seville or Granada, but anyhow a wonderful work!!

The Jardin d’Essais – the name is already a full programme – is an amazing place and it has some beautiful spots to be discovered...

Shots, you mean... ;)). That’s the problem of having letters so close to one another in the keyboard... ;))

Kaleidoscope is probably the adequate word to describe the colours on this post, in particular inside the palace of the Raïs and inside the hotel...

Different peoples, different cultures; everything is on the details... ;))

Exotic? OK, but for us, just on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea, there is no great surprise on this type of unusual... Actually, with some centuries of Moorish presence in the Iberian Peninsula, much of what is shown is quite familiar to us here...

I can imagine you lost, shopping in a Northern African market, a bazaar... ;))
But maybe that’s not the best choice for Algiers... Copper items? You are closer to Chile... ;))

It seems that the history of the Bastion 23 Raïs Palace began with the construction of Bordj-Ez-zoubia in 1576 by Dey Ramdhan Pacha to strengthen the means of defence of the low medina; no wonder this looks more like a fortress than a palace...
Thanks for the compliment! I’m flattered... The shot came out well indeed...

One never knows... I wasn’t thinking of visiting Algiers and suddenly it happened... The same may occur with you in the future... ;))

Great to see you here, even when you’re not blogging often these days... Thanks for taking your time and for dropping a line notwithstanding how occupied you are. Truly appreciate that!!!

Trotter said...

Part Four and final, for the time being:

Welcome back!! It was a short and busy trip; but still I managed to pick up some pictures in the middle of the meetings and of all other arrangements and appointments... ;)

I believe they are some kind of palm trees; but I’m far from being an expert in the matter... ;)

Sometimes, more than a privilege, it’s an obligation... and that’s far from being exhilarating... The point is always how to convert what you have to do in some kind of enjoyment or to put it otherwise, how to transform boredom in pleasure... ;))

Thanks for your visit and first time comment at Blogtrotter Two. Hope you enjoyed and will keep coming and commenting here!!
My pleasure to visit and comment on your blog

Tiles and trees... Perfect!!

And it truly is... (except for the small portion occupied by a nasty zoo)...

I’m not so sure it looks like Morocco... Maybe a bit like Casa, but surely not like Marrakech... Hope you had a great Egyptian tour and look forward to seeing some great pictures on your blog... Now, enjoy the rain... ;))

If you look carefully on it, you would notice that it isn’t that different actually... ;))

Thanks for your visit and first time comment at Blogtrotter Two. Hope you enjoyed and will keep coming and commenting here!!

juka14 said...

Fantastic garden, the trees look pretty weird.

Trotter said...

Exotic, at least... ;)

Oman said...

the botanical garden struck me the most. awesome branches that is perfect for a wedding photo portrait.

wow, you never really run out of places to feature and we are so fortunate to see them through your eyes.

Trotter said...

Great idea for that wedding photo...

A Lady's Life said...

I love how the trees blend into each other in the botanical gardens.
What a nice place to walk through.
Wonder if birds have nests in there?

Trotter said...

Haven't seen birds' nests in that garden; and the zoo is far from interesting...