The amphitheater at El Jem is the third biggest and the second best preserved in the world
The Coliseum is surrounded on all sides by the bustling city, no clear vista for a shot taking in all of it
El Jem, Tysdrus in Latin. Seated 35,000. Only the Flavian Amphitheater in Rome built for 45,000 spectators and the ruined theatre of Capua are larger.
Until mid-17th century it remained largely intact. From then on its stones were used to build the village of El Jem and the Great Mosque in Kairouan
In the early 19th century the Turks used artillery to flush out the rebels barricaded inside the amphitheater
Nice rugs, but I travel with hand luggage only
Men drinking tea and coffee: small talk & tobacco smoke
Just past Sfax: a family business, hot tea and cold water
Smuggled Libyan gasoline (1/2 Tunisian price) for sale just outside Gabes
More Libyan gasoline & diesel canisters -- reminds me of Belgrade under sanctions...
A Berber house dug into the hillside near Matmata
Master bedroom. Each room has a separate entry and no windows. Much cooler than outside.
Four adults and three kids sleep here
Asma and her kitten
This is no "heritage" but an object in daily use
When an extension is needed, you invite friends and family -- and dig. No supporting beams needed. Survived earthquakes with no damage.
"Fatima's hand" and fish, favorite talismans to keep the bad jinns at bay.
The facilities are outside, of course
So is the kitchen
Olive twigs are preferred fuel
It's a living, working Berber household...
Good! Now I know where I am!
Matmata, from the road to Douz
Beyond Matmata it's the desert
The oasis at Douz: huge dates plantation
Sharp division between the desert and the palm groves
Protestant work ethic is not very big here...
A moment of accidental insanity
Camels indifferent to the noise
This thing does not feel very solid...
It's already dusk, should have gone an hour earlier
From above the sharp line between the irrigated oasis and the desert looks even sharper
Douz at dusk
The Sahara Douz Hotel beats sleeping under the stars (no scorpions or snakes to worry about) http://www.saharadouz.com/ang/apercu.php