Tunisia, July 2008 and April 2010

+ The place


+ Two trips to Tunisia...

…with Hammamet, the Tunisian Riviera, in July 2007 and Djerba, the island of tourists.
Tunisia is a country to discover but off the tourist paths or out of season.
Djerba is an island that allows to get an idea of this big difference between the tourist areas where the money is more present in contrast with an existing poverty on Houmt Souk. Djerba is also the island of taxis. You cannot walk on a road without seeing many taxis stop. Do not hesitate to rent the services of a taxi for a day to visit the island. The bus tour offered to almost all hotels are mostly for tourists.
From Hammamet, go to Tunis to discover the souk (you must haggle, it’s the tradition) and take a walk to the National Museum of Bardo, it is worth the detour. You have some photos, I voluntarily forced the contrast to bring out the patterns and colors. Some frescoes are also not restored as you will discover. Also drink a coffee in Sidi-Bou-Said.


+ History of Tunisia

Tunisia, a Maghreb country, is the cradle of the Carthaginian civilization that reached its peak in the IIIth century BC, before becoming a province of the Roman Empire. Long time called “regency of Tunis”, especially under Ottoman rule, it goes under French protectorate in 1881 with the signing of the Bardo Treaty.
After independence in 1956, in first became a constitutional monarchy and, in 1957, a republic. The first president modernizes the country which he leads for thirty years, marked in the end by clientelism and the rise of Islamism. The 2nd president continued in the same way, but corruption grew and the “Arab Spring” in 2011 drove him out of the country. Several presidents succeed one another, but Tunisian youth resignation again in 2018. The Arab spring, as well as waves of Islamist attacks have unfortunately led to a sharp decline in tourism, a key element of the country’s economy.
A huge country that will please everyone. Beach lovers will find their happiness with its exceptional sunshine rate or its huge desert, perfect for cool but starry nights. History buffs will also be thrilled with impressive sites.