Battle of Carthage: Tunisia demolishes homes to protect ancient site; Reuters


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El Jem Amphitheatre; Nate Robert; Atlas Obscura

The largest and best-preserved Roman amphitheater in Africa was designed to seat 35,000 people.

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The 20 Best Places to Visit in August; Elizabeth Atkin; Wanderlust

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Why now is the perfect time to visit a resurgent Tunis; John Brunton; The National

Tourists are flocking back to the North African city after being encouraged by low prices and diverse attractions…

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Go all-inclusive in Tunisia this summer from £125pp; Clare Mellor; The Sun

BRIT holidaymakers flocked back to the North African country of Tunisia last year and it’s one of the hottest holiday destinations for summer 2019. Located between the Med and Sahara Desert, …

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Six sites across the Arab world to explore on World Heritage Day; Arab News

Thursday marks World Heritage Day, so read on for some of the region’s most fascinating UNESCO-listed sites.

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In pics: ruins of Antonin Baths in Tunisia; ZX; Xinhua


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The Mediterranean’s drowning heritage; Omnia Gohar; Nature Asia

Sea level rise threatens Mediterranean UNESCO heritage sites.

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‘We cannot put a value on what we will lose’: Rising seas could devastate historical sites across the Mediterranean, study finds; Washington Post

In particular danger is Dubrovnik, clinging to the Croatian coast, a medieval city long known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ and a main setting for HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’…

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Chinese tourists charmed by Tunisian historical heritage; Xinhua


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Eid getaways: Pack your bags for a world adventure; Bindu Rai & Dona Cherian; Gulf News

From spotting gorillas in the mist to lounging on the beaches of Zanzibar tabloid has your travel for the long weekend covered

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Why Tunis should be your next city break; Monica Price; Metro

Medina in the historic heart of Tunis
Tunisia – Medina of Tunis

Tunisia beckons us to visit – and with flights now operating from the UK for the first time since the 2015 – they are welcoming us with open arms.

A short two and a half hour flight with no time change at the moment (thanks to BST) sees you arrive at Tunis Carthage International Airport to the sun and warmth of this beautiful country.

However, even the sun cannot outshine the warmth of the people.

I was a little apprehensive about travelling here but from the moment you arrive, the genuine smiles of the Tunisians embrace you and make you feel instantly safe and secure.

French, Arabic and English are the spoken languages, and even if their English isn’t good, they are desperate to learn and will try hard to speak it.

This trip was all about the capital Tunis, a bustling and vibrant city with over 2 million residents.

You’d be forgiven for thinking you have arrived in Paris due to the influence of French culture.

A former French colony until 1956, the architecture makes you believe you are strolling down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées when in fact you are on the main Avenue Habib Bourguiba.

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What streets look like in 30 cities around the world; Lia Ryerson; This Is Insider

Tunisia – Medina of Sousse

“There’s no place like home,” Dorothy said in “The Wizard of Oz,” and the phrase became an instant classic.

While nothing quite beats the feeling of coming home after a long day, every so often we find ourselves being overtaken by wanderlust. We’ll catch a glimpse of an intriguing street while watching a foreign film, or fall in love with a particularly descriptive passage in a book, and before we know it we’re researching late into the night, gazing at photos of far-off places and imagining what life is like in distant cities.

Luckily, these days you can check out what other parts of the world look like from the comfort of your home. We’ve compiled a list of 30 of the most stunning streets all around the world.

Keep scrolling to see how different streets can look in cities across the globe.

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech is a vibrant city awash in color. Take a stroll through the Medina, a walled medieval center full of tourist-friendly souvenirs, flavorful food, and friendly locals.

Havana, Cuba

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Why everyone should be going to Tunisia this year; Nick Redmayne; Independent

Tunisia – Dougga / Thugga

After terrorist attacks scared away the sun lounger crowd, visitors to Tunisia are now rediscovering its rich Roman history.

“Carthago delenda est” – or, “Carthage must be destroyed” – was a favourite phrase of Roman orator Cato the Elder. It took until 146BC and an emphatic victory in the Third Punic War for his punchline to be delivered. Rome’s vengeful legions levelled the city and sold its population into slavery.

Today, Tunisia is again reeling in the wake of violence, namely 2015’s two terrorist outrages, in the Bardo Museum and on the beach at Sousse. In a country where tourism was focused almost exclusively in coastal resorts, the attack was well targeted, and has decimated the tourist industry. Cheap, all-inclusive beach holidays aren’t a unique selling point; holidaymakers have fled elsewhere. Recent revisions in Foreign Office advice have changed things – Tui has, this month, put Tunisia back on its books for 2018 – but whether sun-and-sand tourists will return in their former numbers remains to be seen.

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15 Best North African National Parks; Derek Dias; AFK Travel

Tunisia – Ichkeul National Park

North Africa isn’t as well known for its national parks as some other places on the continent. But that doesn’t mean it should be discredited — some of the most stunning landscapes and biodiverse areas can be located within the countries that make up the majority of the Sahara. From lush wetlands, to rocky mountains, to sand dunes, North Africa has flora, fauna, and landscapes that can be found nowhere else in the world, let alone continent. Here are the 15 best North African national parks.

1) Tassili n’Ajjer National Park, Algeria

One of the most dramatic places on the African continent, Tassili n’Ajjer is a national park in the extreme south of Algeria noted for its breathtaking sandstone arches and prehistoric rock art.

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10 Religious Structures in Africa; Moza Moyo;

Tunisia – Kairouan

Recent years have seen a rapid mushrooming of religious institutions across Africa as more people grow in their faith or start a new life as believers. While this may paint a picture of a newly religious continent, the truth is, Africa has long been a continent steeped in religion. This is not only evidenced by the indigenous beliefs found across the continent, but also by the historical places of worship that have stood the test of time to tell the story of the continent’s beliefs in all its vibrant diversity.

Africa’s famous sacred buildings are a source of great fascination. From the rich history to the unique architecture, there’s a lot that lends allure to these structures.

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Tourism: Tunisia’s beaches are full, but what about the Medina?; Vanessa Szakal; Nawaat

Tunisia – Medina of Tunis

While media outlets and Tunisia’s Ministry of Tourism are understandably eager to paint a convincing portrait of the country’s tourism come-back, not everyone sees growth from the same perspective. On the ground, Tunisia’s seaside hotels are mostly full, its beaches packed with locals and visitors from near and far. The shaded, winding passageways of Tunis’ Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are also teeming with people. Does this mean that business is in full swing for the souk’s craftsmen and vendors? Nawaat took a walk up and down the Medina’s main tourist circuit to find out.

Towards the beginning of the summer months, Tunisia’s Ministry of Tourism and sector operators announced their expectations for an improved tourist season.

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Time to re-visit Tunisia; The Cultural Voyager

Tunisia – Archaeological Site of Carthage

With the FCO lifting the warning for most of the country, Liz Gill explores the wealth of history, heritage and modern day amenities that Tunisia has to offer.

In one of the rooms of the Bardo museum in Tunis stand headless Roman statues; the heads are in glass cabinets on the walls. This, Anmar our guide explains, is because when one emperor died and was replaced by another only the statues’ heads were changed: the bodies were idealised anyway so they could be used again and again.

In another room he stops and points with a proud flourish to ‘our Mona Lisa’ – a mosaic of Virgil flanked by two muses and writing the Aeneid, the only known likeness of one of the most important poets of antiquity.

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Outside a Moorish Café, Tunis, Tunisia; World Digital Library

Tunisia – Medina of Tunis

This photochrome print is part of “Views of Architecture and People in Tunisia” from the catalog of the Detroit Photographic Company. It shows men gathered outside a café in Tunis. Such cafés offered men pleasant shaded spots to be sociable. It is interesting that one of the individuals deep in conversation is dressed in European clothing, which indicates that the clientele at the end of the 19th century was somewhat diverse. Tunisia was occupied by the French in 1881 and administered as a protectorate in which the nominal authority of local government was recognized. Europeans at one time made up half the population in Tunis. Rapid redevelopment of the city occurred as the French built new boulevards, neighborhoods, and infrastructure and the city became divided into a traditional Arab-populated medina and a new quarter populated by immigrants.

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This Old Town In Tunisia’s Capital Will Make You Want To Pack Your Bags; Huffington Post

Tunisia – Medina of Tunis

The Medina of Tunis has over 700 monuments, including palaces, mosques and fountains.

Tunisia’s capital has a few incredible spots to visit, including Carthage and the Bardo National Museum. But if you’re planning a trip to Tunis, you definitely can’t miss the Medina, the city’s historical center.

The Medina of Tunis — a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979 — has over 700 monuments for you to discover, including palaces, mausoleums, mosques, and gorgeous fountains, as well as traditional hammams. Beautiful tiles and gorgeous blue skies will surround you as you walk through the Medina’s ancient streets and narrow alleyways.

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