“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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.