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Bella Regia

Bella Regia Mosaics3 Out in the middle of nowhere stuck in the heat, what would a good Roman do?  Dig palatial villas underground to get out of the heat, then have the surface level a one-story affair.  You can then decorate the rooms with mosaics and fountains (preserved wonderfully below ground).  Dining rooms [...]

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Roman Ruins

Roman ruins--partial site Generally, if your basic building block is a solid stone .5 meter by 1 meter long which are stacked like legos will last 2000 years.  The only problem is that once your culture falls out of favor or is captured by another empire your blocks are still the best blocks [...]

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Bardo Museum

  Tunis--Bardo Museum--Palace ceiling Set in a former palace, the building is stunning. It also shows how much money the Barbary pirates of Tunisia actually made. Some of the mosaics are above three stories high and stunning in their detail. It is probably best to see it twice—before you go to the ruins [...]

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  Splendid Bar--Touzeur A daily quest searching for the lost Ark of the Covenant—at least for a bottle of something one can tibble in the room.  Beer in a bar—usually located by the noise—male—with a meter square of empty bottles on the table—also smoking dens…sometimes the local brothel..not the best for women…but a [...]

By |November 2nd, 2012|Categories: Europe 2012|1 Comment

Eid al-Adha (Little Eid)

Bizerte--sheep for Eid Feast Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid.  The holiday pays tribute to Abraham to sacrifice his young first-born son as an act of submission to God’s command and his son's acceptance to being sacrificed, before God intervened to provide Abraham with a ram to sacrifice instead. Eid also marks the end of [...]

By |November 1st, 2012|Categories: Europe 2012|1 Comment