Inside the Medina

Jan 10, 2019 Sousse, Tunisia Scrambling up the narrow spiral stairs in the Ribat tower, I am rewarded with a panorama of the city. Built in the eighth century, this was once a watchtower. Today it gives tourists a birds’ eye view of the medina. The austere lines of the Aghlabid Grand Mosque lie below. … More Inside the Medina

Introduction to Tunisia

Tunis, Tunisia Jan 4, 2019 Broad palm-lined boulevards mark the new city, dotted with iconic landmarks. Sidewalk cafes line the streets under bright canopies. Shops, restaurants and patisseries are busy with customers and the air hums with the sound of conversation. Several of the side streets are pedestrianized and thronged with shoppers. At the end … More Introduction to Tunisia

Music of Marrakesh

Djemma-El-Fna Marrakesh December 25th, 2002 I am sitting at a cafĂ© overlooking the square called Djemma-el-Fna enjoying a glass of mint tea. The vast quantities of sugar take some getting used to, but it is hot and the taste and fragrance of fresh mint is habit-forming. Of course, I may well be bouncing off the … More Music of Marrakesh