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... the city. The Grand Mosque seemed open but we did not enter.
Noubi pointed out that a Turkish minaret was octagonal; a Moorish one, square. We passed near the Youssef Dey mosque/mausoleum complex. It was the first Ottoman-Turkish mosque built in the city. It is now annexed to the University of Ez-Zitouna.
More fun this time round yapping with Omar. It doesn't matter the subject he has the gift of the gab.
We walked to Government Square, an ...
... again to give him the key and say bye. He's a bit dogmatic when it comes to sharing a room but managed to give each other enough space. Nice to see again the Legal Eagle and Ms Wino. A farewell to Eyebrows was followed by same to Mr Caricature and Madame Personality, the latter of a rather unctuous flavour.
Back up for some computer time before 0830 rendezvous with Tony. Down the hall comes DOG and Old Goat: great, more platitudes but mercifully ...
... the four Gospels, sheep drinking as faithful believers, and two houses symbolizing Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
- - When I paid attention, I noticed that some mosaics had been made in the 3rd or 4th century A.D. I guessed the mosaic with the Christian theme was made at a later time than the others.
- - There were mosaics depicting everyday life:
- - Men on horse-back hunted hares and boars in the forest, then made ...
... nearly as elaborate as the House of the Hunt, but the mosaics were simply stunning with sharp colours and incredible designs. The main mosaic, in particular, was really, really incredible and featured Venus flanked by two centaurs and surrounded by cupids. Simply splendid.
After spending about an hour and a half at the site, we climbed back in the car for the very long 3 hour drive back to Tunisia. The trip was pretty uneventful … more sheep sightings, but I ...
... in my photos at all costs - they're human beings, not anthropological exhibits after all. I saw one tourist snap a photo with an old lady right in the middle of the frame, and the woman looked like she was going to keel over right then and there. To be fair, I think the tourist had already come around the corner with the camera raised and just happened to hit the shutter at that moment. I happened, totally by accident, to come across a private house of sorts that I'd been hoping ...