The last of the ruins
Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
572Trip End Ongoing
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Once we were at the louage station, one guy was yelling out Tunis, and another was screaming out Gabse. We had a look in the Tunis louage, and there was only one person, so we gave that one the flick and jumped in the one for Gabse. It filled up very quickly and then we were on our way. We had a 20 K trip to the ferry. Then we hit the traffic, well, a queue actually. And this was for the ferry !!! After an hour, we were on, and now realised that we were going to miss our train, so once again, a louage beckoned. Once in Gabse, we transferred to another, and very quickly, we set off for Tunis. Now I could bore you even more about the trip, but for 500 K's, we could have listened to the Peter Andre of Arabic music, but luckily, we had the iRivers.
Once in Tunis, we grabbed a hotel, and decided to find the walls and have a walk around the medina. We never found them. The French had pulled them down, and all that was left, were a few old gates. Still, as we were there, we went for a brief walk around, before going back to the hotel.
First thing in the morning, we jumped on a train and went out to Carthage. This being the premier site of ruins, supposedly, in Tunisia. We hit the museum first, where there were a few mosaics and some old ruins. We left and went down to the coliseum. There wasn't much there but the pit was very complete. It was really relaxing walking around it. Across the road was the Roman cistern. It was about the size of a football field, and very complete. Attached to it was the leftovers of an aqueduct, which used to carry water 132 Klm into Carthage. We moved onto a amphitheatre which had been built over the remains of an original one. Then we went to the Antonine baths. Having seen a few baths over the last couple of weeks, we moved over the small ones pretty quickly. The we came to the big daddy of bath houses. Now, it was pretty wrecked, but fuck me, this thing was huge. We were standing next to cornices that were bigger than me !!!!! That was pretty much Carthage. I don't agree that it was the premier site, but the cisterns were very impressive
Following morning, we jumped on a tram, and hit the Bardo museum. This is where all the best mosaics in Tunisa are kept. We arrived for opening, along with all the coaches, but from our previous experiences, we knew they would be gone in 30 minutes, so it wasn't a worry. We walked around and the mosaics were everywhere. On every wall, and floor, they were there. Also, statues found underground from Bulla Regia were here. There was so much to look at. Three hours later, we decided to leave. We jumped back on the tram, and along the way, we went through another part of the aqueduct. It was the biggest one both of us had seen. Back in town, we had one last shop around the medina, buying pottery and carpets as you do in Tunisia.
Sadly, in the morning, we had to leave. But there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, our next trip is only a couple of months away, so at least we have something to look forward to