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Boulangerie de-la-Place, the Bakery at the Square.

This is from Timimoun, for very clear reasons known as "The red oasis". It is situated approximately 1000 km southwest of the Algerian capital Algiers, several hours' journey through the Sahara from the nearest place that could reasonably be called a town.

This is another photo from a journey I made to Algeria in September and October 1975. At this time of the day the bakery may have been open, and it may have been closed. This was during Ramadan, the month of fasting, so no food was consumed between sunrise and sunset, and very little was available in the shops or markets. I don't know if eating, drinking or smoking was forbidden by law, probably not, but the social pressure was very strong. The rules didn't apply to me, as a non-Muslim, but I always felt a bit embarrassed drinking water even during bus-rides of maybe 5-8 hours.

As always with my pre-digital pictures this is a scan of a Kodacrome slide. I have used the larger format of 1500 pixels.

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