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... with an American professor from Cambridge University working on a project related to media after the Arab Spring. Her German assistant had also not realized that Tunisia was going to be closed for at least two days, if not more, so she wasn't happy, but the assistant was interesting in talking about how it sucked to be a single, foreign woman in Tunisia (she had lived there over a year). But, the airport was open to go to:
... after a two year renovation and I must say they did an absolutely fabulous job. As you approached the building, you passed through a wooden entry door, which appeared to have been refurbished and included original iron markings and fanned ironwork on top of the doorway.
We then passed through the first of two courtyards with the first smaller courtyard containing the entry to the museum. If you continued on, (which we did) you passed into a second, larger courtyard that ...
... instance.) Anyway, I was immediately stopped and told I needed to have my head covered. Good grief! I know more about this than my Muslim guide.
I walked back to the car and Hatem immediately shook his head when I told him I needed my scarf. “I told him I needed my scarf Hatem.” “Yes you did.” I retrieved the scarf, put it on and walked back inside the mosque.
Now as mosques go, this was not the most physically beautiful mosque I have seen. It ...
... He seems to be almost venerated by the people & his times are seen as a kind of golden age. We wandered in the medina with narrow passages between the houses & enjoyed seeing the range of products available.
After lunch, back in Sousse, we went to the ribat to see the recently re-opened museum of 2nd century AD mosaics & artefacts taken from villas in the area, in its courtyard. These were truly stunning, in size, ...
... restrained & the whole effect was extremely impressive. A short walk from here was the mausoleum of Sidi Sahbi, a friend of Mohammed killed in the Arab invasion in the mid 700s. We then wandered in the medina which was quite small but was of more interest as the stalls were aimed at the locals rather than tourists.
After lunch we went to the Ribat in Sousse, a fortress from the 10th century & had a lecture from ...
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