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... Sousse. It isn't quite in the desert, but you can feel it from here. It also has a rabat, supposedly in better condition than the one in Sousse, but its medina/souk is not nearly as traditional or historical.
However, Monastir does have the mausoleum of Habib Bourghiba, the dictator of 31 years (1956-1981) after Tunisia obtained independence from France, He was a *******, but he had a vision for Tunisia as a moderate Islamic country, ...
This morning we visited Monastir, which is just south of Sousse. The town has a fine ribat (fort) built by the Muslims to defend against the potential Christian invaders in the 10th century. It has been extensively restored & was used in "The Life of Brian" as a set. The major attraction apart from beaches is the Bourguiba mausoleum that he had built for himself during his long presidency. It houses the tombs of his family also & is ...
... at a café overlooking the Roman edifice. Per my passion, I order something completely different – a Tunisian "Special". This is so wonderful, I fight with the girls to get my share. Backdrop on this café includes songbirds in cages chatting away as we dine and Berbers walking by.
I take a break to do a telephone interview for a potential new job assignment. I want to tell the person interviewing me, ...
Amanda wanted to get out of this dirty place as soon as possible, so we woke up at 6 AM and took a louage to El Djem. El Djem is a city and also a coliseum. So we got off at the bus stop and then walked about five minutes to the coliseum. It is the third largest coliseum in the world. I liked it better than the coliseum in Rome. We got to go underground and see the jail cells and people on the main floor could ...
... that the car have a good air conditioned. Of course, I know that August is not the better month to visit Tunisian ruins, being preferable to remain at the beach. By this reason we missed to go to Bulla Regia, perhaps a more interesting deposit than El Jem, although without amphitheatre.
This of El Jem deserves without any doubt the visit, despite the infernal heat. As the ...
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