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Round the Mediterranean Sea, leg 2

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After a couple of enjoyable days in Malta, we continue our journey. Our final destination for today was supposed to be Alexandria in Egypt, but there is apparently no freeware airport for that city that works in P3D v4, so we decided to conclude this leg a bit further south in Cairo instead.

We could have taken the straight route above sea and along the coast, but that would have been a bit boring. That is why we will fly south instead, cross Tunesian airspace and some portions of the Sahara desert in order to go back into Algerian airspace, where we will reach the Tassili n'Ajjer mountain range. 

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Taking off from Malta’s LMML, we make first a short tour of Valetta again.

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Over Tripolis, capital of Tunesia

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We have reached Tassili n'Ajjer’s western part. The mountain range gained world fame after the discovery of ancient rock art in the 1930s.

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Over the years, more than 15,000 petroglyphs and paintings were identified, as were a great number of archeological remains. But more spectacular is its eastern portion, where we are flying to now.

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Tassili n'Ajjer covers a massive area of Algeria, on the border of Libya, Niger and Mali. As these names imply, this is not one of the safest places to travel, but we have no intention to land in any of these countries, we just want to experience this area’s beauty from the air.

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But no photoscenery can give you an impression of how it really looks. Since 1982, Tassili n'Ajjer is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its special cultural and physical significance.

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Flying on a north-easterly course again: sand, nothing but miles and miles of sand

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Below us one can spot the large marina of El Alamein

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Above Alexandria and the Nile area, which is recognizable by its much more fertile land.

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Meanwhile we have turned south and follow the Nile until we reach Cairo

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We have reached Cairo and prepare for landing. Above the plane you can see in the distance the Giza pyramid complex, which we will explore a bit more on our third leg of this flight.

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As you can see, this photoscenery doesn’t have a very high resolution and is best viewed at 6,000 ft and above. Reason is that it covers with the whole North African continent a huge area

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Oh, I forgot to mention...when we were landing, we ran on vapor 😏😏

See ya soon and thanks for viewing

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Marvelous shots! I had an office-neighbor from Algeria (used to travel home to Algiers twice a year - via Paris Orly each time) who used to tell me stories about his childhood days growing up near the Sahara Deserts, would have loved these pictures. Anyway, your diversion south into the mainland turned out to be fascinating, it seems. And, the UNESCO World Heritage Tassili n'Ajjer site is indeed one of a kind of wonderful natural rock formation. Haunting picture of it included!

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Many thanks for your comment!! There are many great places in Africa that beg to be explored. But in quite a few of them security is a huge issue

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I have enjoyed following your trip. Great shots and having descriptions and a little history of the area makes them much more interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Ted

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Nice pics man! But Tripoli is not the Capital of Tunisia, it's the capital of Libya 🙂

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4 hours ago, Ted Striker said:

I have enjoyed following your trip. Great shots and having descriptions and a little history of the area makes them much more interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Ted

Many thanks Ted and I'm happy that you like them

 

18 minutes ago, Lbt564 said:

Nice pics man! But Tripoli is not the Capital of Tunisia, it's the capital of Libya 🙂

Oooops, you are absolutely right, Mohamed!! I'm not sure why I made this mistake 🤔

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