Monthly Archives: January 2012

The holy city of Kairouan

Kairouan is the fourth most holy place in the Islamic world after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem, and is Tunisia’s spiritual heart. It was also its capital city from the 7th to the 9th centuries, was North Africa’s first Arab capital, … Continue reading

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Dipping into The Tell

We woke to a sunny morning at our Hammamet hotel campsite, and I was greeted with pink roses picked from the gardens by the maintenance chap and by one of the cleaning ladies. The deeper we travel into Tunisia the … Continue reading

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Cap Bon

The road out of Tunis wasn’t straightforward – just getting away from the garage where we’d left the van took us round the edge of the main central market place (in full swing at 10am on a weekday, of course), … Continue reading

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A baptism of steam, or eating oranges and pastries at the hammam

My back’s been killing me for a couple of days. I think it’s due to the uncomfortable seating on the ferry and then lots of walking around the souks here in Tunis, and the sites at Carthage yesterday. What better … Continue reading

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Carthage and Sidi Bou Said

Carthage is one of those names from antiquity one hears again and again when looking at anything to do with the Romans, but I didn’t know where it was. This trip has served to flesh out my previously sketchy grasp … Continue reading

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In the heart of Tunis

Tunis’ Medina spreads for a considerable distance in every direction – before the French colonisation, it was the entire town centre. The French new town spreads around it in a lovely regular grid pattern, but the Medina itself has nothing … Continue reading

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A customs post

One thing that made us slightly apprehensive in the run-up to arrival in Tunis was a lack of information on what hurdles you’d actually face at the port. We’ve taken a car across a couple of North African borders before, … Continue reading

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