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Romans in Algeria

By Linda Tancs

Algeria’s numerous invaders contributed to its vast, fascinating culture, providing us with World Heritage sites rife with archeological treasures.  For instance, there’s significant evidence of the country’s Roman past in a triumvirate of locales, like the city grid plan evident at Timgad, some of the best preserved Roman ruins in the world.  And overlooking the Mediterranean and within easy reach of Algiers, the ruins at Tipaza (known in Roman times as Tipasa) are an extraordinary complex featuring private houses, baths and religious buildings.  Completing the trio is Djemila and its stunning mosaics.

A Revival in Algeria

By Linda Tancs

It takes a village to raise a child, goes an African proverb. On a high mountain peak overlooking the Gulf of Bejaia in Algeria, it takes a village to bring tourism and land development back to Djoua Kabyle, a village decimated and abandoned in 1958 following the Liberation War. From 15 to 22 July the locals will hold the Festival De Djoua, themed “Tourism and Local Development,” in a bid to raise awareness of economic and social development in the area. Amidst a backdrop including sea, mountains, and archeological sites, locals will demonstrate their handicrafts and offer entertainment in the nature of music, storytelling, poetry and theater. Kids are sure to enjoy the donkey rides and playground. Lecturers will also be on hand to inform visitors about the history of the region and its future potential. Find a cheap flight from Paris.

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