life through the lens
What a relief to arrive in Chinguetti, crossing the desert from Tanouchert, in April 2007.
1000 Mauritanian Ouguiya
Window decoration at our auberge, Chinguetti
Dating back to the 13th century, Chinguetti was a caravan town and on the trans-Saharan trade route
Souvenirs for sale in the old quarter of Chinguetti
The Friday Mosque in Chinguetti's old quarter
Chinguetti's old quarter is also known as Le Ksar
Surrounded by the Sahara, Chinguetti
Walking through the old quarter of Chinguetti
Escaping the heat at a Chinguetti auberge
Sand threatens to take over parts of the old town - Chinguetti
I preferred the old quarter of Ouadane to Chinguetti, but Chinguetti's sand dunes are absolutely stunning
They're right on the edge of the old town.
The Sahara stretches to the horizon and beyond - Chinguetti
Sunshine and shadow - Chinguetti
Local women walking amongst the dunes of Chinguetti
Looking towards Chinguetti from the dunes
Chinguetti, like Ouadane, is known for its learning centres.
The area separating the old and new towns - Chinguetti
Another oasis town is Terjit, close to Atar off the road to Nouakchott
A shallow pool is a perfect place to cool down, as long as it's not full of kids splashing around - Terjit
Christina in our khaima, Auberge Oasis de Terjit - Terjit
Making tea Mauritanian style is something to behold. There's lots of mint, sugar, pouring and repouring going on - love it! Terjit
The setting for the auberge is beautiful, set within the walls of a canyon, with a stream running through - Terjit
The canyon walls - Terjit
Climb the steps from the auberge and get a great view of the valley below - Terjit
Looking skywards in Terjit
Back in Nouakchott for the flight home
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