06-Mar-2004 -- Daylight came at 7 a.m. and so we could resume our job on the Algerian coast. 37N 7E is located in the Golfe de Skikda. Skikda is one of the major ports in Algeria.
Golfe de Skikda is located between Cap Bougaroun (Cap Bougaroni) in the West and Cap de Fer (Ra's al-Ḥadīd), the "Iron Cape", in the East. Looking towards South we see the mountain ranges of the Tell Atlas.
Leaving the Golfe de Skikda in order to continue our voyage towards East we had the chance for a closer look to Cap de Fer with its prominent lighthouse. Another interesting view to Cap de Fer shows a road winding up to Kef el-Nsour, the mountain located on Cap de Fer promontory.
Light for taking pictures was getting better one and a half hours after sunrise, and when we had already rounded Cap de Fer, I could take one of a village located east of it. It is a really idyllic place, and it makes clear that Algeria is not entirely desert. The coast and the Tell Atlas is mostly green and fertile. Fruits and wine grow there in abundance. Algerian wine - enjoyed of course in reasonably moderate quantities - is of high quality and really recommendable. The local population, almost entirely Muslims, do refrain from drinking alcohol. and so the country is able to export almost its entire production. Most of the wine is brought by special wine tankers to Italy and France and used for blending there. Already bottled Algerian wine is exported in minor quantities and available in good liquor shops in Europe and the US at quite a high price.