The city of Tunis, capital of Tunisia and home to the Arab Spring, is a very beautiful city of primarily white buildings set against the brown of the surrounding hillsides and the blue of the Mediterranean Sea. The city is exceptionally clean, vibrant with its cafes in the city center that exude the character of its past French colonial history and with its old city core known as the Medina.
The walls of the Media are long gone, but two of the old gates still remain. Once entering the narrow lanes that wind and twist through the maze of buildings there is a feeling of having been transported back a few centuries. Shops selling brass, carpets, clothing, jewelry, spices and other handcrafted treasures all vie for one's attention. Merchants are friendly, but a bit persistent in wanting you to visit their shop and make a purchase. But their persistence is friendly and it is possible to say no without giving offense.
If one gets away from the more commercial streets and wanders the residential lanes of the Medina, there are many architectural surprises in store. The buildings are primarily whitewashed and dazzle the eye in the bright sunlight. But it is the carved wood doors, either highly varnished or brightly painted, that each offers a different design. Capturing the essence of these quiet streets on camera enables you to come home with an image that speaks to the history of this city. If you ask inside many of the shops, you may be allowed to climb up narrow stairs to the rooftop and then be allowed to gaze across the old buildings punctuated here and there by minarets, a view that is sure to speak to your artistic soul.
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