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Yet again as much worth visiting for the building, a seventeenth-century madrasa built from the local pink stone, as for the exhibits, which are largely the usual collection of wedding dresses and jewellry displayed on awful dummies. However there is a good section devoted to explaining the classical 'three-level' system of oasis agriculture (Level one is the palm threes, level two various other trees such as pomegranites, and the third is wheat or animal feed) and some startling arial photos showing how the town has grown in the last half-century.
Updated Oct 28, 2008
The restaurant of the hotel Chems (Chems means "sun") serves good local dishes and they have a wide choice. They serve both international cuisine (Tunisian style, though !) and typical Tunisian cooking. They serve wine and other alcohols.
Favorite Dish: No special dishes, but everything is good though not outstanding.
Updated Nov 13, 2004
The road from Gabès to Gafsa is mainly lined by olive tree orchards. This is nearly the desert. Trees are wide apart in order to extend as much as possible their roots and catch as much as possible of the scarce water. Because of the dryness, weeds are scarce.
Updated Oct 31, 2004
Miscellaneous: Travels to places like Tunisia involves a lot of fighting the heat, especially if you, like me (I am still surprised as to why I did that), go there right in the middle of the summer. Here’s a list of useful items to take:
- Hats and other covering: Large brimmed hats that provide head covering and some shade. For women, they are also a proof of modesty, welcomed when visiting old churches and mosques. Scarves and the like covering shoulders and arms can keep the sun off during treks. A cloth hat or scarf can be soaked to help keep the head cool.
- "Squeeze Breeze": this is a water bottle with a sprayer and a battery-operated fan attached. The beach toy to take with you!
- Sun block: While sun blocks may be purchased in Tunisia, people tend to prefer sticking with their own favourite brand (the skin, too, ‘gets used’ to it), and there’s not guarantee you’ll find it on the spot. So take your own, if you have preferences!
Written Jan 9, 2004