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Location - West Africa; Capital - Nouakchott; Population - 3.5 million; Currency - Ouguiya MORE MAURITANIA

What a relief to arrive in Chinguetti, crossing the desert from Tanouchert, in April 2007.

 

maurnote1000 Mauritanian Ouguiya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur131Window decoration at our auberge, Chinguetti

 

 

maur126Dating back to the 13th century, Chinguetti was a caravan town and on the trans-Saharan trade route

 

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maur125Souvenirs for sale in the old quarter of Chinguetti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur127The Friday Mosque in Chinguetti's old quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur140Chinguetti's old quarter is also known as Le Ksar

 

 

maur138Surrounded by the Sahara, Chinguetti

 

 

maur142Walking through the old quarter of Chinguetti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur145Escaping the heat at a Chinguetti auberge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur139Sand threatens to take over parts of the old town - Chinguetti

 

 

maur133I preferred the old quarter of Ouadane to Chinguetti, but Chinguetti's sand dunes are absolutely stunning

 

 

maur148They're right on the edge of the old town.
Go late afternoon/early evening for the changes in light and shadow - Chinguetti

 

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maur149The Sahara stretches to the horizon and beyond - Chinguetti

 

 

maur156Sunshine and shadow - Chinguetti

 

 

maur157Local women walking amongst the dunes of Chinguetti

 

 

maur158Looking towards Chinguetti from the dunes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur143Chinguetti, like Ouadane, is known for its learning centres.
The old quarter houses ancient historical and Islamic manuscripts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur159The area separating the old and new towns - Chinguetti

 

 

maur167 Another oasis town is Terjit, close to Atar off the road to Nouakchott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur168A shallow pool is a perfect place to cool down, as long as it's not full of kids splashing around - Terjit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur165Christina in our khaima, Auberge Oasis de Terjit - Terjit

 

 

maur180Making tea Mauritanian style is something to behold. There's lots of mint, sugar, pouring and repouring going on - love it! Terjit

 

 

maur173The setting for the auberge is beautiful, set within the walls of a canyon, with a stream running through - Terjit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur185 The canyon walls - Terjit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maur186Climb the steps from the auberge and get a great view of the valley below - Terjit

 

 

maur171Looking skywards in Terjit

 

 

maur189Back in Nouakchott for the flight home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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