Blogs from Sfax, Tunisia, Africa


Africa » Tunisia » Sfax April 22nd 2015

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 ... read more

Africa » Tunisia » Sfax March 22nd 2014

“Sfax is not Tunisia”. This graffiti greeted the Louage as it entered the city last night. And in truth Sfax feels very different. Modern, clean, bustling, it’s the commercial hub of Tunisia, and it is successful, much to the annoyance (allegedly) of much of Tunisia. Whilst Sfax has money, it is not pretentious with it. Most importantly for myself and my travel buddy, Sfax does not give a hoot about tourists, it wants commerce and as a result the Medina is hassle free and completely au naturelle. It’s a working city, to contrast the tourist cities I have visited to date. So this was a lesson in how a medina really works and once we entered the great yellow walls we were enveloped in the crush of in the labyrinth streets, as shoppers haggled, with delivery ... read more
Medina Main Gate
Patterns of Carpets
The Postive Veg Seller

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