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As no written records of the city survive, even it's name is unknown to us, Kerkouane is a name bestowed by the uncovering archaeologists, not from history. On the other hand, the abandonment of the site gives us a unique look into a Phoenician town, as all others known ...
... is definitely not our style. We sighed and relunctantly agreed; it was time to give our Auguste a miss. But surely we would find his donkey in the medina...
Tunis city is divided into the sprawling old city (or medina) and the new colonial city (or ville nouvelle in French). The Avenue Habib Bourgiba is the large main avenue which runs through the city from Lake Tunis to the Cathedral of St Vincent de Paul where it becomes the ...
... as close as we could get to Algeria and anyway, we just may find that elusive donkey...
Fortunately Mohammad had plans of his own. "I can take you to what I think are better ruins than Dougga. It is via a 'Secret Road'. Would you like to go there as well as Le Kef?" he asked. Needless to say, the Oudhna ruins as well as a trip to Le Kef sounded good and we were happy to take his advice.
The road to Oudhna took us through the ...
... from the Arabs.
Tunisia becomes part of the Ottoman Empire, but retains a high degree of autonomy.
French and Turkish designs on Tunisia force it to tread a diplomatically careful path.
French troops occupy Tunis. France controls economic and foreign affairs. Tunisia becomes a French protectorate from 1883.
Habib Bourgiba founds the ...
... so very enjoyable and like all farewells, it was a rather sad occasion. In moments however Carmelo was gone and we were gone; we were entrapped in another time capsule and another adventure in another land: Tunisia.
Palermo Airport was a complete surprise. Located along a gorgeous Mediterranean coastal strip, it seemed hard to imagine that such a piece of valuable coastal land would be used for something as mundanely industrial as a large international ...