Friday, February 29, 2008

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Alright still more Tunisia to come in a day or two so keep checking back...

High Class Gas

It's kinda awesome when even the gas stations are all pimped out.

Mr. Prez

I managed a shot of the front area of the President's pad...

Leaving Carthage

Even Africa has acquired refreshment stands and giftshops outside it's major sites haha....

Carthage Part 7

Carthage Part 6

Carthage Part 5

The white wall in the background is part of the Presidential Palace...

Carthage Part 4

These are the ruins of enormous public baths.

Carthage Part 3

Ancient excavated graves...

Carthage Part 2

Carthage is just North of Tunis(about 20 minutes away), and set right on the seaside, making for pretty views.

The Carthage Ruins Part 1

The ruins of Carthage were fantastic, and it's truly amazing what the achieved architecturally so long ago. Right next to the site of the ruins is the Presidential Palace, and they warn you that taking photos in the direction of the Palace is forbidden, and your camera will be confiscated. If you still didn't get the idea, the scary looking warning signs, and the armed guards posted every few yards re-enforced the message.

Views from the tourbus

On day 5, a guy I met at the resort convinced me to take the excursion to Tunis, Carthage, and Sidi Bou Said. In the end I'm glad I went, getting to see Tunis for the second time, along with the other two cities. Here's a view of the balding man and the streets of the capital, as viewed from the Marmara tourbus.

In the capital

On day three of my holiday, I braved the Tunisian public transport system, and bought a ticket from Hammamet to Tunis(about 60kms, but just over an hours ride). It was a little intimidating, but fun in the end. The ticketman didn't speak French(or pretended not to), so my very nice taxi driver bought me a ticket, walked me to the bus, and wished me luck on my journey(very cute). The bus was similar to a Greyhound, albeit a Greyhound that played Arabic chanting over the loudspeaker, and smells of jasmine. I stuck out rather badly haha. Anyways, I made it into the capital, and had a wonderful time walking about.

This is the colonial(Tunisia was another French colony) entrance to the souk(bazaar or market) in the Old Town. It was really exotic with narrow window paths, and the vendors are smooth and have a well practiced sales pitch(many of them even take the effort to learn it in English, French, Spanish, and German, so as to have an even better chance of getting your dinars). The whole thing looks like an Arabian Nights illustration, minus the gaudy souvenirs .

This is the main drag. I completely forget it's name, but it's the Tunisian answer to the Champs d'Elysee.
The big old clocktower in central Tunis.

Another shot of the mini Champs.

(I'm sorry about the bad quality of the pictures. Most of them were taken from inside the tourbus as we rolled along, and it was also raining before we arrived, so the windows were watermarked. Enjoy them anyways.)

Tunisian Mountains

One of the reasons that Tunisia made such an impression is because of how varied the country is. There's the Sahara desert to the South, the mountains in the North, and rich, rolling, green farming land as well. Here's a few pictures of a mountain on the way to Tunis.