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Tunisia, July 2008 and April 2010

+ The place


+ My feelings and historical part

Two trips to Tunisia with Hammamet, the Tunisian Riviera, in July 2007 and Djerba, the tourist island.
Tunisia is a country to discover but out of the tourist routes or out of season.
Djerba is an island that allows you to get an idea of ​​this big difference between tourist areas where money is more present in contrast with existing poverty on Houmt Souk. Djerba is also the island with many taxis. You cannot walk a road without seeing many taxis stopping. Moreover, do not hesitate to hire the services of a taxi for a day to show you around the island. The bus tour offered at almost all hotels is mostly for tourists.
From Hammamet, go for a trip to Tunis to discover the souk (you have to haggle, it’s tradition) and take a trip to the National Bardo Museum, it is worth the detour. You have some photos, on some photos, I deliberately forced the contrast to bring out the patterns and colors. Some frescoes are not, moreover, reconstructed as you will discover. Also go for a coffee in Sidi-Bou-Said.
A huge country that will appeal to everyone. Beach lovers will find their happiness with its exceptional rate of sunshine or its immense desert conducive to cool but starry nights. History buffs will also be delighted with impressive sites.
Historical part
Tunisia, a country of the Maghreb, is the cradle of the Carthaginian civilization which reached its peak in the 3rd century BC. AD, before becoming a province of the Roman Empire. Long called the “regency of Tunis”, especially under Ottoman rule, it came under French protectorate in 1881 with the signing of the Bardo Treaty.
After its independence in 1956, it first became a constitutional monarchy and then, in 1957, a republic. The 1st president modernized the country he led for thirty years, marked at the end by clientelism and the rise of Islamism. The 2nd president continued his policy but corruption grew and the “Arab Spring” in 2011 drove him out of the country. Several presidents follow one another but the discontent of Tunisian youth begins again in 2018. The Arab Spring, as well as waves of Islamist attacks have unfortunately caused a sharp decrease in tourism, a key element of the country’s economy.