As the map reveals, Tunisia has the Mediterranean Sea to its north and east.
Tunisia is also inbetween Libya (South) and Algeria (West). Even though it is between two volitile countries, it is relatively stable. It is a small, fairly developed
country with a varied history and culture. Tunisia is an Arabic and Islamic
country, but it was once a French protectorate and as a result, Tunisia
is a crossroads between East and West. This western influence still
permeates Tunisian culture. Tunisia gained control of its own destiny in
1956. When Tunisia became the Rupublic of Tunisia it strengthened its
relations with both the Arab states and with France. For example French is
still widely spoken. Nevertheless it struggles to maintain a balance
between its rich Arab heritage and its modern western influences.
Because of its unique place in the world, its relatively stable
politics and its mild Mediterranean climate, Tunisia has become a popular holiday destination. Tourism
has become a thriving industry and there are many resorts along the
In 1994 and 1996 I was apart of the University of Alberta's excavation of a Roman bathhouse situated
just beyond the city-walls of Carthage,
near to the well-preserved amphitheatre.
The building is known as the "Villa of Scorpianus" from the name which appears
on a mosaic pavement found there in the late 19th century. The project involved the excavation of a Roman bath building at Bir El
Djebbana on the outskirts of the ancient city. Excavation at the site uncovered
a large swimming pool, several mosaic pavements, and part of a Late Antique cemetery.
I had a Great Time
The houses that I stayed in were in
walking distance to many beaches!! There is no better way to
relax, after a day of digging, than to go swimming, or relax on the beach.
Carthage is a "coffee shop" city. Like in Canada, many people go
to the local cafes to hang out with their friends. The difference is that
a cafe au lait is only 40 cents!!
Please visit the page "What Others Say". I have included my own thoughts on travelling in Tunisia and of various cities,
as well as what other people have to say.
Please e-mail me if
you have any problems with the contents of the page; the last reconstruction
was done on December 26, 2000.