Tunisia - Story of my trip to Tunisia


TUNISIA
The land where culture intersects with oases

test by Antonietta Peroni
photo by Giovanni Camici

April 30, 2014

: from Gafsa we reached in an hourMetlaoui, we went to the train station to know the departure times of the Lezard Rouge, but unfortunately the next departure is for Friday so we went back to the bus station, to head to Tozeur. From Metlaoui it takes about an hour and a half to reach it, crossing a desert landscape, surrounded by palm groves and the salt lake Chott el Jerid.

Tozeur - Panoramic view

Once in the city, we stayed at the Niffer Hotel, left our luggage and went to visit the Palmeraie.

Tozeur - Palmeraie irrigation

Tozeur - Palmeraie irrigation

Tozeur - Palmeraie irrigation

The visit can be accomplished with purely tourist carts, but we preferred to do the whole tour on foot, so we were able to visit it far and wide.In this immense oasis, with hundreds of thousands of palm trees, where the sun appears among the leaves, the hearing captures the sound of the water of the streams, we walked for about two hours, passing through the Le Paradis Zoo, which we did not visit. Here we are refreshed and then again on our way to the city.

Tozeur - Old area

Tozeur - The souks

In some places it was only us, places that were not tourists, but frequented by locals who take care of the palm trees or the vegetable garden that they grow in the shade of these plants.
In areas frequented by carts, we were often approached by the driver who wanted to offer us water, as the heat was felt! Back in the city a little tired and exhausted by the heat, we went to relax a bit in the medina, the houses are built in yellow and brown bricks, with geometric designs.

Tozeur - The medina

Tozeur - The medina

Tozeur - The medina

Tozeur - The medina

Tozeur - The medina

Tozeur - The medina - Typical windows

Here we chatted with the locals and then headed to the Belvedere, walking for about an hour, always under the scorching sun and with a bottle of water in hand!

Tozeur - Belvedere

Tozeur - Belvedere

Once on the spot, the scenery made us forget our efforts to reach it, the view is very beautiful, palm trees, streams, waterfalls and finally we arrive at the park, dedicated to the Tunisian poet Abu l-Qasim al-Shabbi. Here are some rocks, where his face is depicted on the sides and some verses of his poems are shown around the park. We climbed these rocks and the spectacle from up there is wonderful, you can see Tozeur surrounded by the palm grove, the Chott el Jerid and of course the desert. After taking photos at will, we slowly returned to the city center and by chance we visited a building that houses a cultural association dedicated to the poet, where his photos, life scenes and of course his poems are exhibited.

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