|A narrow chute off Boulevard Mohamed V.|
Almost a year ago, in "Around Algiers: Navigating the Invisible City", I wrote about the Algerian capital's circuitous roads and about the hidden staircases that crisscross its punishingly steep hillsides. Since then, I have continued to explore the city on foot, discovering yet more stairs connecting seemingly distant points, and offering the ambitious pedestrian a multitude of serene, jasmine- and bouganvillea-lined passages through town.
Just last month, Nina and I spent a few Saturday afternoons exploring along the hillsides above downtown, in and beyond my neighborhood of Telemly. Even after
two years here, I'm still shocked to find yet more stairs, and to again raise my mental estimate of just how many of these hidden passages zigzag through the city. We also came across numerous ornate colonial-era villas, their outer walls obscuring all but the upper stories and the orange, lemon, and palm trees of their courtyard gardens.
|If my memory serves me, this villa was at 19 rue des Fontaines, Telemly.|
On those sharply clear winter afternoons, sudden views of the bay below or snowy mountains on the horizon peeked between the buildings; paired with the urban treasures all around, they made these walks into some very memorable outings.
|Yours truly, exploring the sunny passages of Telemly.|
A selection of my photos from these walks: