Tunisia Things to Do Tips by chrissyalex
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MATMATA Very cool and interesting village! Many scenes from the Star War films were filmed in this desert. Besides the desert scenery, the coolest thing about this village were the troglodyte dwellings.Some of these underground dwellings were built in the 4th century BC and there are still some people living in them today. There is a courtyard dug straight down into the sand and the rooms are excavated into the surrounding walls. These dwellings maintain a constant comfortable temperature of 25C, even when it is 40C or higher in the summer or much colder in the winter. No wonder people still inhabit some of them! Actually three of the dwellings have been converted into hotels and we had lunch at one of them.
Here is an example of the water being colored red from the minerals in the salt.
CHOTT EL JERID This salt lake is the second biggest in the world after the one in Utah,although there is really very little water. You will see dried up salt crystals allover in different colors such as pink,green and orange from the different minerals in the salt.
In this area, it is not uncommon to see a mirage and I did see one! Yes, it really looked like water! Very cool!
EL JEM It is the third largest amphitheatre in the world and the largest in Africa. It could hold over 30,000 people. It is also the best preserved. We arrived there early in the morning and practically had the whole place to ourselves.If you want to take pictures it costs 1 TD (about 75 cents US) but well worth it.
It is a great place to wander around and you can go underneath to see the chambers that at one time held the gladiators and the animals( something I was not able to do when visiting the Colosseo in Rome 2 years ago)
Address: El Jem, Tunisia
DAR CHERAT MUSEUM This is a very interesting museum. It is a Tunisian house and there are many scenes in it of Tunsian life and many examples of costumes,pottery,carpets,etc..(including traditional wedding costumes). It is located in Tozeur.Please take note, if you want to take pictures, it costs an additional 1 TD (75 cents....not too bad), but if you want to take videos, it costs an additional 10 TD, about $7.50. Save the video for somewhere else.
You can take a trip to the Palmery of the Tozeur Oasis via a caleche(horsedrawn carriage). There you will see all kinds of plants,flowers,fruits,vegetables and herbs. Be sure to buy some dates and a sprig of fresh jasmine to tuck behind your ear. You will smell its lovely aroma all day!
TOZEUR The town of Tozeur is situated around an oasis and it is very famous for its dates(there are over 200,000 date palm trees here)
OULED FARHANE CEMETERY Kairouan This graveyard is located just outside the wall by the Great Mosque.
THE HOUSE OF FATIMA We visited this pitdwelling home,where its owner Fatima still actually resides. She is very famous and has been featured in many international magazines and newspapers. In one of the rooms of the house,these magazine covers were on display. As I looked at these pictures,I could tell from the clothing of the other people in the photos that they were taken long ago,but Fatima looked exactly the same! As I thought this, the tour guide came up to me and said that many people have asked him 'How old is Fatima?' I laughed because I was thinking this exact thing! He told me ' When I first met her 5 or 6 years ago, she told me she was around 70 now she says she is around 71!'
KAIROUAN The 4th most important city in Islam after Mecca,Medina and Jerusalem and the most important in Africa. It is also very famous for its carpets. The Great Mosque is one of the oldest and largest in Tunisia. I only saw it from the outside because NonMuslims are forbidden to enter the prayer hall,but may see the courtyard. I knew this ahead of time though and this is also true of most of the Mosques in Tunisia.
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