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March 10th 2009
Published: March 10th 2009
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Roman city
Our 10th and final day in Tunisia. What a great place and one which is full of contrasts. Time stopped here in the 19th century yet internet and mobile phones are everywhere. The people are very friendly and often there is a bit of English here and there. The country has a long Islamic heritage yet all is very relaxed. It is possible to even find a little alcohol. On arrival in Tunis it seemed we were in Paris with cafe lined Habib Bourguiba Av and carefully pruned trees. We enjoyed our time with visits to the Roman city of Catharge, the coastal resort of Sidi Bou Said ,the Medina and Grande Mosque and of course the world famous Bardo Museum devoted mainly to Roman Civilisation. We then travelled in a circuit south to Sfax and on to the resort of Djerba- luckily without the European holiday makers. We then went through the desert and olive groves to Tozeur which is a desert oasis with a 400,000 palm tree grove. All the time we enjoyed Tunisian cuisine which surprisingly is quite different to other North African countries and excellent. Couscous of course but different from Morocco and served as "couscous aux
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Amongst the ruins
legumes". Tuna is in almost everything and excellent as well. Most meals seem to have Salade Tunisienne and are always preceeded by bread harissa and olives. We survived however on "Harissa sandwiches " which are baguettes filled with firey Harissa paste and tuna,egg,olives,oil and lettuce-by far the best taste experience. So on to Barcelona tonight only to return straight back to Africa to visit rarely visited Spanish enclave of Melilla


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Bardo MuseumBardo Museum
Bardo Museum

Tunis Museum of Roman Antiquities
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Sfax + Annie

Beautiful Medina
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Palmeriae Tozeur

Oasis town in Southern Tunisia
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Palmeriae Tozeur

Annie and Philip -again
Butcher shop TozeurButcher shop Tozeur
Butcher shop Tozeur

We will stick with couscous
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Medina Tunis

Spice shop


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