This is a highway in southern Tunisia, near Tozeur.
There are lakes on both sides of the road which are dry part
of the year (salt lakes), but in February they had plenty of water.
Ah, to see the sea at sunset.
Tunisia is known for their fancy doors. We have pictures
of other colors, too, but I like the one on the right best.
It can be used for a remake of Behind the... nevermind.
In Tunis there is a large souk (shopping region) with maze
like streets and a whole lot of shoppers.
(Note: Angela in the foreground. Nice extreme close-up, eh?)
Sidi Bou Said is a darling little city on a hill between Tunis
and the ancient site of Carthage.
This is a small cafe overlooking the marina...
...and these are tourists shopping throughout the souk of Sidi Bou Said.
This is a mosque near the modern city of Carthage, which is
It's minaret looks great, doesn't it?
Now we're in Carthage. Carthage was a real power in the
Mediterranean back in the day (like 500 BC).
It got powerful enough to get Rome's attention, leading to the Punic Wars.
Perhaps the most famous Cathagegan was Hannibal, famous for his affinity for elephants and the strange desire
to march them over the Alps, leading to the phrase, "Truth is Stranger than Fiction."
The remains of a statue in Carthage, turning his back on the Med.
The largest site in Carthage is the Roman-era bathes.
This is a huge complex right on the beach.
It may not look like much today, but it used to be one of the fanciest spas in the world.
Cisterns were used to store water brought to Carthage via aqueduct. This is one chamber of dozens at a large cistern.
This is the "backyard" of our hotel near Tunis. As you
can see, this particular day is rather stormy.
We were chased by rain all day; so much for the endless sun of North Africa.
On that rainy day, we drove south to El Jem to see this
marvelously preserved Colliseum.
The dark stripe down the middle is covering the underground system of moving
contestants / animals / condemned people into the spotlight for the main event.
The sad thing is, this site used to be very well preserved,
but it was intentionally blasted in the last 200 years to prevent people from
hiding in there during uprisings. The ability of the humans to both create and destroy knows practically no bounds.
Nice masonry work, no?
I am Claudius!!!
We're now in Dougga, a boring little Roman town which just
happens to be in great shape today.
This theatre is not only usable, it has the best view this side of Cyprus.
Dougga is set on a hill; about halfway down to the valley is this Mausoleum.
This is the Capital. The Corinthian columns look
Angela in the foreground gives you some idea of the scale of this building.
This page finishes with pictures of three mosaics from the
Bardo Museum in suburban Tunis.
There are dozens of mosaics there with wonderfully fine detail and lovely colors.
If you are ever anywhere near Tunis, this museum should be the first place you stop.