doorway in Sidi Bou Said, near Tunis
sliver of sensible Islamic republic kick-started the Arab spring of democracy and got into all sorts of mayhem in the process but still offers an attractive combination of probable sunshine, good beaches
and superb ancient ruins.
The country appears to be primarily targetting package tourists,
so hotels are well set up to host and entertain that kind of clientele.
History? Hannibal grew up here, Carthage is in the suburbs of Tunis,
and Star Wars was partly filmed at Matmata.
Tunisia's architectural styles range from magnificent Islamic structures
minarets, arches, narrow-alley medinas - to Roman military forts and Berber pit houses
though sadly the majority of buildings visible on any trip around
the country are going to be half-built eyesores of unfinished brick
or breeze-block, with steel reinforcements semi-permanently on display.
Never mind. When you're tired of Roman ruins and beaches the Sahara dunes and a thousand grumpy
camels await your pleasure...
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