Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The White City of Algiers

Along the summit of this wall stretches the beautiful Boulevard de la Republique, the beginning of a quarter that might rival the best bit of Paris between the Opera and the Seine, a quarter of well-built streets, where the broad sidewalks shelter under arcades, of shady squares where white mosques front busy cafes and palm trees wave above the electric trams that link the town with the suburbs stretching around the curving bay.
This is the quarter of theaters, hotels, and commerical offices, of attractive shops, of crowded streets where automobile and electric tram dispute the right of way with five-horsed carts.

By Lieut.Col. Gordon Casserly in "The National Geographic Magazine", Volume LIII, Number Two, February, 1928.

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