Surrounded by wals, the medina quarter of Tunis includes a maze of narrow streets and a number of palaces, mosques, and madrasas. After the conference sponsored tour of Carthage and Roman ruins, it was our first independent trip in Tunisia, and a great place to acclimate to the culture.
The tighly woven streets and covered souks, the serenity of mosques, and the confict of modern and traditional cultures both in articles for sale and clothes worn by shoppers is a must see for any visitor to Tunis. A carpet and tourist goods shop advertised its view and for a small fee, we were treated to views of the Medina from a roof top level. The terrace was decorated with traditional mosaics and it was a great place to take a break from the hustle below and enjoy the view of the nearby Zitouna mosque that dates back to 732.
|Smoking a shisha||Smoking a shisha||Jewelry store||Tunis from above||Shadows||Minarets|
|Irina||Another rooftop view||Shadows on the stairs||Stairs and Al-Zaytuna Mosque minaret|
Back on the stret level, we watched the street life some more and shopped for souvenirs. Smoking the shisha, a local name for the hookah, is still quite popular. There was a wide variety of handcrafted goods on display, many of which were being made in front of our eyes.
|Traditional lamps||Shisha smoking||Dried fruit seller||Medina street||Minaret of mosque Hammouda-Pacha|
|Inside a souk||Creepy guy||Traditional clothes mannequins||Security presence|