Backbone of the Sahara
Title: Backbone of the Sahara
Description: 21 hours riding the World's Longest Iron Ore Train crossing the Sahara Desert of Mauritania is maybe one of the most adventurous things I have ever done. A single 704 km (437 mi) railway line linking the iron mining center of Zouérat with the port … (read more)
Title: Backbone of the Sahara
Description: 21 hours riding the World's Longest Iron Ore Train crossing the Sahara Desert of Mauritania is maybe one of the most adventurous things I have ever done. A single 704 km (437 mi) railway line linking the iron mining center of Zouérat with the port of Nouadhibou.
Spending almost a full day on it was not only thrilling but also very relaxing, as weird as could sound. A form of meditation. Temperatures drop from 30-40 °C day time to 0-5 °C at night. We slept in warm-ish sleeping bags on our open air wagon. It is called the "Backbone of the Sahara" not only for its visual similarity but also for the importance for many merchants and people who need a direct lift to the Atlantic coast.
This piece was featured on Al Jazeera Doc in the first days I entered the NFTs world going one more time viral all over the internet. Prior to this, it has been featured on many other travel channels around the web.
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mesmerizing composition, love this piece
thank you very much Aleksey
wow this brings me back to the Indiana Jones movies
you can read more on my website abou the full 21h ride on top of it
Lovely piece. Was it taken by drone ?
Thank you. yes it was!
Awesome photography, Giulio. It's striking to see. Initially, I saw a small pic of this in Twitter, thinking for a moment it was a snake slithering in the sands. Then, I was amazed at the vastness of the desert & how long the train was. Must have been some ride. I've been to Morocco & Algeria while ago; did plan to visit Egypt, but had to head back home to Toronto. I later came just to Morocco, a 2nd time. This is SUPERB! :)
Thanks for your fascinating perceptions, Giulio. I'll look in your website soon, then which I'm sure is of interest. I had a very memorable experience, south of Marrakesh. I met a British fellow, who had a jeep in the ancient city. He'd take visitors around Marrakesh to Agadir, [coastal city] to show them sites, to make money. Anyway, he asked if I'd like to go to a Berber tribe's camp, stay a night or two, at a good price. He had one other passenger, a girl from Holland. Away us 3 went, about 2 hrs. maybe. Anyhow, it was quite magical. We were guests & it was about the great food, the hot day, learning new things. Sharing a big tent, with a view of the night sky was amazing. I enjoy traveling. being immersed into different cultures. I bring my camera, & sketch pad. Don't need much when there. Oops, I'm writing a Chapter. .lol. Take care, mon ami. :)
Hey Vesa, thank you for the comment. Sahara is the most fascinating part of this planet, so much culture, enchanting towns and oasis, and ancient civilisations.
If you wanna know more about this train ride you can head to my website and there is a whole article about this train crossing the Desert of Mauritania.
I never been to Egypt or Morocco and neither Algeria, but definitely planning to visit firs this last one and then the most touristic ones. next exped is Eastern Sahara, Chad