First (only) visit: January 2005
Places visited: Algiers
It was a hazy day when I landed here and the whole place seemed creepy and unfriendly. Terrible poverty and confusion everywhere and only a slight air of cosmopolitan progress along the coastal areas out of town. My driver did his best to show me the kasbah, but even he was scared to make the ascent. The French cathedral on the hill is worthwhile.
Highlight: The short promenade by the port with white, well-preserved, colonial buildings.