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Exploring Tunisia capital, the last surprise

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The last day in Tunisia we dedicated to know the capital. After six days exploring incredible ruins and picturesque medinas, I didn't have them all with me and I thought that the capital would disappoint me just like Susa… but it was not like that.

Once again, we took the train from the La Marsa stop to Tunis-Marine and from there we walked along Habib Bourguiba Avenue, an elegant avenue of very European air, full of cafes and restaurants. On the avenue we could see some signs of the jasmine revolution. In the Plaza de la Independencia there was a tank with a soldier on guard, but honestly I don't know very well what was going on since there were only Tunisians walking and enjoying the good day on a Saturday morning.

To the west of the Plaza de la Independencia, the avenue of France leads to the Plaza de la Victoria, one of the main points of entry to the Tunisian medina. Inside the medina, the streets closest to the main entrances are full of souvenir shops with chilabas, ceramic pieces, narghiles, carpets and kilims and chechías, the typical Tunisian caps. However, the medina of Tunisia is very extensive and worth a walk and get lost in this World Heritage site.

The medina of Tunisia has a lot of contrasts, and I am not referring to the shops that are tourist and those that are not, but to the contrast between the newly restored mansions and the slightly ruined houses, between the stores with selected products and the stores in which the Tunisians who live in the medina They make their daily purchases. It is these types of contrasts that make me fall in love with a city. Something similar I felt when walking through Budapest or Lisbon.

Within the medina you can also take the opportunity to drink an orange juice or smoke a narghile on the terrace of a cafeteria. In addition, through the narrow streets that make up the medina framework you will find small restaurants where you can taste typical dishes of Tunisian cuisine.

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