“A Little bit of North Africa” Bumihills’s photos around Tunisia and Morocco, Tunisia (slideshow)

Preview of Bumihills's blog at TravelPod. Read the full blog here: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/bumihills/3/1258055787/tpod.htmlThis blog preview was made by TravelPod using the TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow creator.Entry from: Tunisia and Morocco, Tunisia Entry Title: "A Little bit of North Africa"Entry:"From Oct. 13 until Nov. 8 we we toured Tunisia and Morocco. The weather, except for the first 3 days in Tunisia when we had showers, was great, especially in Morocco. Autumn is definitely the time to travel to these wonderful countries. We began our tour in the Tunis area, visiting Carthage...which isn't much for ruins, the American War cemetery, and quaint, blue-and-white Sidi Bou Said which we visited both at the beginning and end of our stay in the country. We also ended up the trip back in Tunis where we spent two days on our own, getting lost using the trains, visiting the medina, and retracing some of our steps from the first days of our trip. The hotels we stayed in were first rate resort hotels (except for a wonderful businessman's hotel in the heart of the new town in Tunis) and the Tunisian food was wonderful. The Roman Ruins, particularly in Dougga and Sbeitla were fantastic. The golden orange colors and extensive sites were really impressive. Along with these the fantastic mosaics from the Roman era, many still in place while others were in the Bardo museum or museums elsewhere we visited, were better than any we have encountered in the past. We traveled along the coastline and then south to the edges of the Sahara desert, where some of our fellow travelers took camel rides while we wandered the area. We traveled by the Chott El Jerid, a huge, largely dry, salt lake where eerie figures of salt where built by folks along the roadway. Here we also saw a desert fox, the fennec, a tiny, pale yellow, large-eared creature which was really cute. We visited synagogues and mosques (few of which we were allowed in to visit), a Berber home built into the mountains, souks, medinas and you name it. Tunisia was really wonderful although, while it is a secular Muslim country, is still outwardly very male dominated.From Tunisia we flew on to Casablanca, Morocco where we met up with our new group. Food and hotels did not live up to Tunisia but we still were comfortable here. Apparently there is not much to see in Casablanca except for the Royal Palace (which is beautiful), and the Hassan II mosque, the largest and most spectacular, of Morocco. We headed north to Rabat, Fes, Meknes, Erfoud, Ouarzazate (where Hillary was visiting at the time), and Marrakesh. Fes and Marrakesh were probably our favorite cities. The old medina of Fes, with over 13,000 alleyways, was intriguing. We didn't get lost here because we opted on a guided tour (thank God!). One of my favorite sites was visiting the tannery although the smells were not pleasant. Marrakesh was fun getting lost in. The Djemaa El Fna, or square outside the medina souks, was busy, busy, busy. Its flute music, snake charmers, henna painters, food stands, and labyrinthine alleyways make it a fascinating place. There is not much in Morocco as far as Roman Ruins are concerned but the color of the countryside more than made up for this.Another great trip! We know we are so lucky." Read and see more at: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/bumihills/3/1258055787/tpod.htmlPhotos from this trip: 1. "Our Hotel in Gammarth" 2. "Judy at Carthage" 3. "At the Tophet, Carthage" 4. "Roman Aqueduct and cisterns at Carthage" 5. "Nearing the Antonius Baths, Carthage" 6. "The Antonius Baths at Carthage" 7. "George at the Antonius Baths, Carthage" 8. "At the Antonius Baths" 9. "George at Carthage" 10. "George-the Roman Cisterns of Carthage" 11. "At the American Cemetery in Carthage" 12. "Sidi Bou Said" 13. "The Doors of Sidi Bou Said" 14. "The Knockers of Sidi Bou Said" 15. "View from Sidi Bou Said" 16. "Judy in Sidi Bou Said" 17. "At Sidi Bou Said" 18. "Main street, Sidi Bou Said" 19. "In Sidi Bou Said" 20. "George, Sidi Bou Said"See this TripWow and more at http://tripwow.tripadvisor.com/tripwow/ta-00c0-c972-0c77?ytv4=1