Djerba Island to Sfax


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April 22nd 2015
Published: April 24th 2015
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This morning we left the island of Djerba and took a ferry to the mainland. (We arrived two days ago by crossing a man-made causeway on the other end of the island.) Our first stop was the military museum outside Mareth where a big a battle took place in WWII. This battle pitted the British general Montgomery against the German general Rommel. It was interesting to see the actual defensive bunkers (see picture) used by the Germans before they were forced to retreat farther north toward Tunis. Next we stopped in Gabes for lunch. This is a center for growing the henna plant and the market here has large pans of henna that is sold as a dry green-colored paste (see picture). Driving along the roads of Tunisia, one sees roadside stands in the little towns selling bootleg gasoline brought in 5 gallon jerrycans from Libya (see picture), tea (see picture), and lamb. The latter are hung from crossbeams and there are grills there to cook whatever cuts of meat the customer chooses (see picture). We rode into Sfax where we checked into our hotel and then went for a walk in the old part of town, aka the medina. (see picture of the old walls and city gate.)


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