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... Ali, but he promised to fulfill our needs through the whole way, so we have another stop left. I regret telling him that we're planning to go to another stop, actually. The Great Mosque of Kairouan is one of those....great mosques that we've seen along the way though. It makes Kairouan seem more like a metropolis that fostered a more cosmopolitan feel. Beautiful pre-historic Islam artistry is displayed as well as different textures of what looks like marble and ...
Tuesday 16th April
Left the hotel at 7am on way to the first Roman site travelling down through the hills & forests on to a fertile plain. Chemtou was a town built around a marble quarry from which marble was shipped by river to all parts of the Roman Empire. A German group is working there excavating & there is a small theatre & an ...
... castle & the effort was rewarded as it looks out over the sea & also over the port itself. Unfortunately the gate was locked but the views made up for that. Returning we walked along the shore to admire some strange rock formations where the cliffs ran into the sea.
The coach then took us to our hotel at Hammam Bourguiba for a well earned rest, it is approx 4 kms from the Algerian border.
These ruins are interesting for their partially housing that was partially sunken into the ground to escape the heat.
Another mission and a half to get here, but taxi negotiations were difficult as Arabic took over from French out this way. Nevertheless, for $10 the guy took me out here and came back 2 hours later.
Large, interesting ruins of Dougga. I was the only one in sight for most of my time there.
Getting here was quite the mission: A few hours in a ****** minibus to some little town, then the drama of negotiating with various drivers who ...