Tunisia (1 week)

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The main goal was to make it to the site of ancient Carthage. Almost nothing remains of Carthage or the Roman city build over what was left of Carthage after the Romans destroyed it in 146BCE. The destruction of the Roman city by the Muslims happened in 698. But, the mix of impressive Carthaginian and Roman ruins spread out to the east of Tunis can be seen in a day by using the light rain line and many hours of walking.

It is mostly just a suburb of Tunis today, but this was the HQ of Hannibal during the Punic Wars (Punic, another word for Carthaginian, from its Phoenician heritage) and the epic battles with the Rome.

Besides Carthage, the Tunis medina was fun to wander around, the impressive ruined Roman city of Dougga was awesome and the highlight of the trip. The fort at Le Kef was well worth the trip, too, though there's nothing much else going on there.

I wouldn't put Tunisia on your Top 10 list, unless you're really into the whole Carthage thing. It was too late in the year to bother checking out the many beach resorts down south, but they are popular with French. But, I'm glad I visited all the places I saw.

  • Dodgy downtown
  • All about the fort up top
Trip Start Nov 18, 2012
Trip End Nov 23, 2012

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