In the older parts of town, around Rue de Kairouan, keep an eye out for the doors of the houses. If you look closely you'll see they contain different door knockers. Typically men, women and children have different ones with different sounds (men on the left, women right and children below). Thus a door with only two knockers indicates a family with no children.
Traditional dress for women in Tozeur is a black gown decorated with a single stripe. You'll notice many of the older women in Tozeur wearing these gowns though some of the younger ones do so too. The stripe is broader on the gown if the woman is married. The gowns originated in Nefta, about 20km south of Tozeur.
"Attention camels crossing", when you see such a traffic sign it is for sure that you've find yourself in the middle of the desert. The sign is located in the outskirts of the town of Touzer, in front of the huge parking place from where we started our exploring of the desert by the jeep. Though, we haven't seen any camel on the road to Chebika. Since it was noon and over 50 C degrees, they might be hidden in the nearby huge date-palms wood.
Many countries, including Tunisia, are predominantly Muslim, so the religious sites you are most likely to encounter, are, predictably, mosques. This is a brief tip of advice, written from the point of view of a non-Muslim, female traveler (yours truly!!!):
- Do dress modestly, covering arms, legs, shoulders and the like, no frivolous dressing will be allowed. Hire the modest dress if needed;
- Check whether you are allowed into the mosque at all, since most of them admit you only into the courtyard, and some do not admit non-Muslims at all. However, in several countries you may be able to visit the interiors of many mosques;
- Respect the boundaries laid and do not attempt to enter further (I saw such a thing once, and it did arouse ill-feeling);
- If possible try to avoid going even to the courtyard on Friday afternoon, since I remember this is the most important praying time of the week;
- If you are curious, feel free to ask questions (though not of people hurrying to pray) and most likely you will be answered: I’ve always found people proud of their culture and heritage and ready to explain it;
- Do not criticize things we in Europe and in the West might (such as separate praying space for men and women), for such are the customs of the land and mosques are the least appropriate places for such topics.
This advice is based only on common sense, but it allowed me to see something of the mosques and learn loads of interesting info on Muslim countries, their religion, and culture. Really helped me when we had a general education class on religions at University:))