Tunisia was a temptation as soon as it was announced as the location of the 2013 Waves conference. It is a country rich in history that dates back thousands of years when Carthage struggled for control over the Mediterranean with Rome. It also features a part of the largest desert in the world where I could satisfy my preoccupation with photographing deserts. More recently, it was a country that started the Arab Spring, a series of revolutions that toppled dictatorships in North Africa and the Middle East.
After the conference, which took place in the northern suburbs of Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, ended, Irina and I set out to explore more of the country. Traveling south toward the Sahara desert, we stopped in places of interest along the way - Kairouan and its Grand Mosque, Sousse, the third largest city of Tunisia known for its nearby beaches, and El Djem with its impressive Amphitheater of El Jem. Entering the desert near Matmata, we visited Berber underground homes popularized by being featured in Star Wars movies, and the gateway-to-the-Sahara town of Douz. We explored the desert around the oasis of Ksar Ghilane and other places near Douz before turning back north, and stopping in the impressive Medina of Tunisia's second largest city, Sfax. I used my last day to explore a bit more the city of Tunis, wrapping up an amazing trip of sights and tastes.
|Carthage||Gammarth and Sidi Bou Said||Tunis Medina|
|Kairouan||Sousse, El Jem and Matmata||Ksar Ghilane|