- Welcome sign on a building
downtown. A lot of the shops & bars have signs of congratulations for
independence or just showing the date of independence.
- The Maingate - They
wouldn't let me in, but no one said anything about pictures. Maybe I was too
- Looking over the wall
where a lot of the "fighters" and their families now reside.
- Behind Kagnew are
acres of war detritus just outside the back gate (out to Stratcom & Tract
C). There are burnt out tanks and deuce and a halfs on the Keren and Dekamhare
- I'm pretty sure this is Tract
C, but with the windows and no fence, it looks a little different.
- Bar Tekila was just down
from the first traffic light coming down the hill from the main gate. On the
road out to the airport.
- The Star Bar is still the
Star Bar, but the Bar Fiore, a few doors down, is now the....
- The Bar Flower is the
former "office" of Stella, Tunafish, & numerous coworkers.
- Queen Elizabeth Ave is now
Avenue Addis Ababa.
- Cinema Roma - Another
landmark on the way downtown.
- The Keren Hotel used to
be the Albergo d'Italia, or "Minghetti's". (About three blocks North of
Liberation Avenue, just beyond Foto Bini, which is still there.)
- Govt Headquarters on Avenue
Ras Makonnen (except in the old days it was "Via" Ras M.)
- Govt Building on the
- Post Office - I think
it was the Post Office back then, too.
- Market - They're still
touchy about pictures in this neighborhood - a guy wagged his finger at me.
- Pictures of St. Mary's:  | 
- Some things never change, a jerry cart. Looking up at Kidane Mehret
- I wonder how many of the GI's
cars are still running.
- Some things do change. A group of
schoolgirls and their backpacks.
- Massawa Road - Down on the
flats. The 4th crossbar is the one with that Italian dialect inscription,
"Ca Custa Lon Ca Custa."
- R&R - Now the Hotel
Dahlak, the best place in town.
- The Royal Palace is
visibly scarred from the fighting, it's right across from the Dahlak, up at the
North end of Taulud Island just before you get to the last causeway.
- Hotel Savoia - The
first thing you come to on Massawa Island, at the end of the last causeway.
It's still a hotel. The rooftop bar on the Hotel Torino, just behind, goes til
all hours, though the Trocadero is long gone.
- Commercial Bank -
On Massawa Island, pockmarked from the shelling.
- War damage in Massawa -
Most of the repairs are well underway.
- Yacht Club - According
to a local guy it's now a "hotel," though "condo" might be more apt.
- Cement Works - The
Italian landmark on the way out to Gurgussum Beach. It looks as good now as it
- Offbase - Just outside
Kagnew, by the back gate. I know some civilians lived on this street. Did any
- Old 'n New - At the bottom
of the hill, by the fountain. Fiat Taglero definitely had more charm than
what's going up now.
- Shopping - About a block
up and parallel to Liberation Ave (Ave Haile Selassie I).
- The market.
- The Grand Mosque.
- Jerry cart - Or is it
- Fountain East - I
remember it, but I don't know what it was called.
- Dekamhare Rd - War
litter, though there was a good bit more along the Keren Road.
- Hotel Keren - Formerly
the home of a certain Signore Pascuse. Whenever that was.
- Keren - View from the roof
of the Hotel Keren.
- From a rooftop in
- He won't be stopping at the Total station. Actually, I heard
the camel is Eritrea's national seal because
it was so important in moving war materiel.
- The Bar Durro just
- Heading down the Massawa
road. I'm sure the houses were there, though the mosque is new.
- Bridges along the
- The Flats - The Plain of
Sabarguma. No major change here.
- The Taulud Building,
now government offices.
- Looking across the causeway to Massawa Island.
- War damage scenses: