The Tunisian Flag
Pretty similar to the Turkish one
12 Days in Tunisia
Being a small country and not particularly famous for anything I wasn't that bothered about exploring Tunisia in great depth. For this reason Me and Steph opted for a cheap 12 day package holiday (my first package deal in about 14 years) so we could visit without breaking the bank and I could move a step closer to completing my corn flake mission.
What we found was a country with a heavy influence from the outside world, with pre-historical ancient sites, Roman and Phonetician ruins and more recent influence from the Spanish, French and Islamic cultures – a mix of cultures rather than having a unique Tunisian one.
and now through TV the U.K and U.S are influencing -
We spent much of the time relaxing around the pool, meeting and watching lots of Westerners, who were very keen to get a suntan, and eating at the breakfast and dinner buffets until we were fit to burst.
We went into Sousse for a break from the pool and a walk around the souk within the castle walls. We were surprised to find snails, tortoise and
In Port El Kantaoui
cows heads on sale, as well as the usual souvenirs and market items. We also hired a car for 4 days to explore a little bit:
For the first 2 days we drove south to the desert, stopping at the Roman Colosseum at El Jem, Matmata with its Troglodyte houses and the hotel used as Luke Skywalker's house in the first Star Wars film. While driving we passed many eateries trying to entice passing cars into stopping by BBQing sheep next to the road, it was sad to see other sheep lined up outside watching their friends cooking and waiting for someone to come and order them on a plate
We slept in Douz then the next day drove passed plenty of sand dunes and the dried up lake of Chott El Jerid with its salt deposits, it was very windy so the roads were being covered with sand. On our way back North to the hotel we drove through the mountains to see some oasis and then only just made it back in time to get some dinner from the buffet.
On day 3 I visited a
couple of ancient sites while Steph stayed by the pool – I visited the Roman site of Maktar and then the Necropolis of Elles, an ancient megalithic site out in the middle of the Tunisian countryside.
A little video I made about the Necropolis of Elles -
My blog about the site - http://www.travelblog.org/Africa/Tunisia/Le-Kef/blog-782270.html
On the last day with the car we drove to Tunis, the capital, for a look around the Souk and here Steph had her Corn Flake equivalent, a cup of Tunisian coffee.
Before coming to Tunisia I asked people what it was famous for and was told camels and after visiting the country I can see why. There were camels everywhere, we fed a baby one outside Luke Skywalkers house, had a herd of them cross in front of us while driving, saw them wild in the desert, in paintings, on furniture, I had my Tunisian flakes while sat on one on the beach outside our hotel and there was camel on the menu, which I had to try in Tozeur.
On our last day I got “The Corn Flake Traveller” tattooed on my arm in Arabic, more dedication to my cause and a symbol of lack of prejudice.
An interesting country but definitely in the bottom half of my 'Favourite Country' league table, in fact probably even in the relegation zone.
My Tunisian Corn Flake Experience -
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I was in Ethiopia during the Arab Spring uprising in Tunisia. Do you recommend Tunisia as a destination? Definitely an impressive Cornflake moment in your photo.
The Corn Flake Traveller
Hi Dave I liked Tunisia but it is not one of my favourite destinations. I would recommend travelling to any country but there are many more I would recommend before Tunisia. Having seen that you have travelled off the beaten track I would suggest Morocco or Egypt first. Also depends on the amount of time you spend there and what you're in to. Egypt my friend is a must for any traveller
The Travel Camel
Tunisia looks like my sort of place; another destination to add to my wish list.
FOLLOW THAT ROAD
I've put this on the Follow that Road thread in Photography Forum