We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
An outdoor souk (the Arabic word for the Turkish "bazaar" - "marketplace" in English) in old Tunis (the new Tunis surrounds the old Tunis):
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The indoor souks are a warren of little shops with insistent salesmen. You can buy anything, from food to baby clothes. Like Bloomingdales.
As I mentioned earlier, nothing has a price. Mrs. BD bargained for a bunch of nice Tunisian scarves for friends and daughters. I bargained for some stuff for fun, but did not buy anything. The protocol is that, if you aren't serious, you should not waste their time too long.
You can find people weaving rugs or making clothes and jewelry in some of the shops:
Nice sign in the jewelry and gold area of the souk. Somebody needs to work on their French grammar:
A primary school:
A large square with government buildings
A house in old Tunis
Rooftop view of part of old Tunis
Ordinary street in old Tunis
An alley in old Tunis. A good photog could have good fun there.
Free medical care in Tunisia. This is a government OB-GYN hospital and clinic. (Most signs in Tunisia are in French and Arabic, and the people speak both. Shopkeepers speak English, too.) The private hospitals, as opposed to the "free" stuff, are vast new gleaming highrises in the new part of the city.
New Tunis has highways and apartment buildings, but people seem to gravitate to the old city for shopping, worship, etc.
OK, time for lunch. We had lunch at this large place in the suburb of Carthage, buffet-style. The sign overhead advertises a rock concert.
Food not too great: couscous and fried fish and chicken with garbanzo bean sauce. Good bread. Tomato salad, cucumber salad, Tunisian potato salad. The watermelon was superb. The Tunisian rose? Drinkable, but I wouldn't be an investor...but I do not care for rose anyway.
Interesting trip. Are you going to Libya? I've always wanted to see Magnus Leptus. How would you assess the safety of North Africa for western tourists? I've read there have been kidnappings for ransom and murders in some areas in years past.
If you are a scaredy-cat, you will never leave your house.
Tunisia is totally safe - and tourist-friendly.
Libya, no. But I know the Tunisians (who have no oil) go over the border once a week to buy cheap gas.
Looks like you had a wonderful trip! I was in Tunisia in April, but didn't get to spend much time in Tunis. Only walked from the train station to the metro station to get to Sidi Bou Said and Carthage. Though I did have a great cibatti along the way!