Mini tour of Tunisia. Located on the shores of the Mediterranean, seduces us with its mosques, palaces, madrasahs and noisy souks are full of Carthaginians, Romans, Turks and French.
The medina, the ancient city is a good place to start learning. It is without doubt one of the most attractive of the Islamic world and is considered World Heritage by UNESCO. Being near a good plan or an official guide will give us the opportunity to move through this network of Arab and Ottoman architecture without problems.
Start the Grand Mosque (the Zituna) which is a nice XIII century temple open to non-Muslim audience in the morning and until the hour of prayer.
Its palaces are hidden behind a modest facade, these buildings are truly jewels of architecture. Can only be visited those who were turned into museums, like the Dar Hussein, Dar El Haddad, Dar Dar Ben Abbey and Toman. During the afternoon you can visit the various souks that are in the city.
Booksellers, perfumers and craftsmen of the silk are about the most important mosques, as embroiderers, jewelers, tailors, may also be seeing more of a seller of spices.
Another option that should not be missed is to go to the Bardo museum in this site are objects Punic, the Roman period, Egyptian and Greek.
The Roman and Byzantine mosaics are a major attraction. You can cross the gate of France and visit the most modern sector of the city, which was developed during the French domination and has a colonial atmosphere.
A few miles away, Carthage is undoubtedly an awesome site. Although at present there is little of the mythical city and the visit may be more colored by memories that the archaeological remains to be found.
From the hill of Byrsase can see the places that were occupied by the Punic port. After you can go to the Archeological museum, beautiful place, but will not cover too much expectations of visitors. Do not leave the site without first going through the village of Bidi Bou Said, with its houses of white walls and wooden doors painted turquoise. You can have tea with pine nuts in a little bar of the site. I recommend the Cafe des Artistes de Natte also where you can smoke hookah. On the streets selling a species called bambalones donuts, which are very rich to try.
At the time of the summer in Tunisia (in the northern hemisphere), the temperatures are very high, if you go, I advise you to wear very light clothes, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen.
Now, if you travel in another time, one will coat as the evenings are cool and there are days of low temperatures.
October is one of the wettest months and need a computer to move around in the rain. To walk in public places is better wear discreet clothing and follow the rules of strict Muslim dress when visiting a mosque. Head covering is obligatory for both men and women. Furthermore it is forbidden to show their legs, you cannot wear shorts or short skirts no. If you go through the souks and want to buy something, you haggle law is a habit that must be respected to avoid missing rude. To buy a carpet is to follow a ritual, the talk and the invitation from the seller to drink tea is part of the negotiation. We must take his time.
Keep in mind that most of the health problems of the visitors is related stomach problems and sunburn. We must therefore take the necessary precautions. Always carry a bottle of mineral water, can eat some fruit and be careful when choosing the restaurant at lunchtime.
The orange blossom flowers are sold on the street is a tradition that men who are available to keep a marriage on the left ear bud.
During the month of April performed the Kebhir Aid, where the streets are dozens of pastors offer their sheep. Tradition demands that each Muslim family sacrifices a sheep to make recalling Abraham.
All events are somehow related to the Muslim lunar calendar and for this reason rescheduled each year. Tunisia the desert country of mirages.
I’ll see you tomorrow tourist friends…