Thursday, January 21, 2010

Road trip around Tunisia

Business at the camel station is slow now, so Mounir and I went on a road trip. It was such an amazing time.

First we spent a day in the small Bedouin village of Sabria, about 30 minutes from Douz. Stopped at a French fort - about 100 years old. The setting around the fort and Sabria is stunning. White dunes of sand all around.

The village of Sabria itself is now my favourite village around South Tunisia. It is like going back in time, camels and goats resting around stone houses and pens, amidst beautiful date palms. There are two marabouts beside the village as well.

Just before leaving, we met some boys who each had a desert fox for a pet. I stopped and held one of them - wow - the problem is that now I want one!!!

We spent most of the week in Tunis - I shopped at the large 'superstores', Carrefour and Giant, so I could get some much needed food supplies for my house, ate at some great restaurants, and enjoyed the city. I am getting to know Tunis better and now know of some nice restaurants, and am better able to drive in the city.

We took another route back - some of the smaller highways, in order to see the Roman ruins at Sbeitla. Amazing still intact temples. So worth stopping. We didn't stay long though, because it was SO incredibly cold!

There are two photos of the 'illegal' "gas stations"; people selling Libyan gas. Although it is technically illegal, the government closes its eyes, because these families survive on this income. In some places on the highways there are miles of these stands of brightly coloured plastic cans - sometimes lit up from behind, like a carnival!

On the way back home, we stopped at "THE" best barbeque roadside cafe for barbequed lamb. From the photos you can see that you get VERY personal with the lambs! There are many roadside cafes like this. The first time I ate at one, I was shocked, but the animals here are treated way better than the west...

Just before getting back to Douz, we were on one of the back highways in an incredibly beautiful part of Tunisia - red rock mountains - I could imagine dinosaurs roaming at one time. We were just in time for a beautiful sunset. A wonderful way to end a wonderful vacation. Enjoy the photos. Remember you can click on them to enlarge.
Love Juanita

1 comment:

shakuka said...

stunning photographs.. especially the road ones!