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... A road marker pegged Tunis at 383k away. We were 80k from Sbeitla, the modern name for the Roman city of Sufatula.
Drought has plagued Tunisia. Habib Bourguiba institued a program of reservoirs as a countermeasure. Haven't actually seen one.
Noubi talks about the first president always in superlatives ie this 'great achievement' and whatnot. It reminds me, Jack, of the Explore guide in Cuba portraying everything Castro did as divinely ...
... claimants to the imperial throne was Maxentius who razed the city in 311 AD. After Constantine defeated Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge the new emperor re-established the city. As a tribute, the city changed its name to Constantine. Today it is the third largest city in Algeria.
We drove through traffic to the Mosque Emir Abdelkader. The city has a new tram system. It has been selected as the Arab city of culture for 2015 so much construction work ...
... of his nieces and the family dog on his computer. He was inquiring of the Quiet People if things were fine. It was good hands on management.
Speaking of hands, I used mine to clear up the window but John, my roomie [hereafter Tobacco Man (smokes a pipe)], used the curtains. I am still pretty tired. Should have tried the java black this morning.
Not two hours on the road but already our fourth police transfer. Chatted with the Trainspotter about ...
... to assist with waking up.
Down to the restaurant for very strong coffee [warm milk needed], juice and nice croissants; a pretty quiet group at 0500.
Left the hotel after 0530 under the cover of darkness with a police escort to the airport. I am looking forward to time to do a bit of a walkabout for some architectural shots. Algiers seems a bit in a time warp that way, grime the only addition since independence.
Erwin gave us ...
Hello..day at sea today cruising between Valencia ..Spain and Tunisia ..Nth. Africa.
all good here, relaxing ,eating and drinking almost in that order...
Loved Valencia very much.
will tune in again when we have better wifi.
love to all
marl & Stuart ...