Door in Tunis

A to Z Challenge: T = Tunisia

T = Tunisia

TBefore going to Tunisia, the only thing I’d ever really heard about Tunisia is that it is the site of Carthage, a place the Romans destroyed. So, I was excited to learn more and see not only one of the best collections of mosaics in the Bardo Museum, but other sites around Tunis.

I also heard that this is one of the best places to find jasmine-scented oil – my favourite scent!

 

I embarked on an excursion that would take me to Carthage, The Bardo Museum, the souk in Tunis, and Sidi Bou Said, famous for its white buildings and blue roofs. It was a long day, but I was not sure when I would be back here.

Of course, all that is left of Carthage are ruins, but I enjoyed seeing it – and it has great views of the sea.

 

Carthage
Carthage
Carthage
Carthage
Carthage
Carthage
Roman aquaducts
Roman aquaducts
Carthage
View of Atlas Mountains

The souk is a crazy labyrinth of streets and alleyways. I was glad I was with a guide, because it would be easy to get lost. Of course, we visited a rug merchant and a perfumery where I got my jasmine oil.

Door in Tunis
Door in Tunis
Covered souk at closing time
Covered souk at closing time
Rooftop view of mosque in Tunis
Rooftop view of mosque in Tunis
Me on a rooftop overlooking the souk in Tunis
Me on a rooftop overlooking the souk in Tunis

 

The Bardo Museum is fabulous and well worth a visit. I loved the mosaics and the architecture of the building. There were also some very large statues of Greek and/or Roman Gods.

Mosaic in Bardo Museum
Mosaic in Bardo Museum
Mosaic in Bardo Museum
Mosaic in Bardo Museum
Mosaic in Bardo Museum
Mosaic in Bardo Museum
Mosaic in Bardo Museum
Mosaic in Bardo Museum
Head of Zeus statue in the Bardo Museum
Head of Zeus statue in the Bardo Museum

Our last top was at  Sidi Bou Said. The town is very beautiful with the white and blue motif. We stopped at a jewelry shop where I found a really nice lapis necklace. Bartering is not my strongest skill, however I ended up with two necklaces, a dolphin statue and a hand of Fatima charm. The owners of the shop pointed me to a little tea house across the road that had a private garden and a view of the town.

 Sidi Bou Said
Sidi Bou Said
 Sidi Bou Said
Sidi Bou Said
 Sidi Bou Said
Sidi Bou Said
Sunset
Sunset

 

2 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge: T = Tunisia”

  1. I loved the Bardo and the souk…I thought Carthage was meh! So many other Roman sites in the country were so much better and bigger! I love Tunisia!

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