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Sidi Bou Said, Carthage, Tunisia
If you make it up to Sidi Bou Said (a small blue-and-white 'village' near Carthage), make sure you stop at the bambolini seller to snag a piping hot sugar-coated doughnut. While the 'village' is somewhat of a tourist trap (i mean, i lost count of...
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Jendouba, Tunisia
I discovered a couple years ago that if you have a penchant for ancient Roman ruins, it’s far better to go to Tunisia than Italy. The quality of preservation is far superior to many Italian sites and the lack of tourists is more refreshing than...
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Tunisia
Outside of Tozuer Tunisia in the middle of miles of dunes lies the now deserted but perfectly preserved set for one of the earliest Star Wars movies. While mostly just facade, the desert's lack of humidity has kept this place a virtual museum...
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Guermassa, Tunisia
“Old Guermessa is up there,” the locals advised us when we asked, pointing to a rocky hilltop. Needing the 4wd capability of our rented pickup truck, we climbed the steep path. The afternoon was sliding into evening, turning the abandoned...
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Tataouine, Tunisia
George Lukas, while searching for a home for the star wars hero Luke sky walker, found the city Tataouine very attractive. Already, he named the galaxy, far far away, the planet Tataouine. So this attractive structure on the photo is a Ksar, a...
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Siggiewi, Malta
After braving the Blue Lagoon crowds, Ghar Lapsi is the ideal spot for swimming in Malta's pristine waters. A tiny inlet and small fishing village, this is the place to experience Maltese summer like a local. The calm waters and rocky shore are a...
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Triq id-dwejra, San Lawrenz, Malta
Gozo is a fantastic island just north of Malta. It is easy to get there by boat from Cirkewwa/Malta. The boat leaves more or less every hour. Best way to get around Gozo is the public transport, allthough you do need a bit of patience as some...
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244 Republic, Il-Belt Valletta VLT 1114, Malta
Stop in for an espresso or cappuccino at the opulent Café Cordina (a local and tourist hangout near the Cathedral on Republica Street). I suggest you pass by all of the tourists sitting outside and instead have your coffee the local way: standing...
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Valletta, Malta
Valletta is one of the world's largest natural harbors. It may not be the largest but it's definitely the most dramatic. Whether you know a bit of the history of the Crusades or not, you can't help but feel impressed and even a little intimidated...
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143 St Domnic Street, Valletta VLT 1605, Malta
Wander off the main street, lose the tourists, and head up the hilly side streets to find Nenu. This artisan bakery is downstairs in a restored, classic bakery that was refurbished to preserve the art of Maltese baking. I enjoyed the the Ftira...
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58 South St, Valletta, Malta
The coffee is good, but it is Prego's design that will capture you. Furnished in 1964 and left intact since, the shop provides a beautifully simple, warm feeling when you walk in. You can stand and have a coffee at the bar or take a seat at the...
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Triq Ic Cimiterju, Raħal Ġdid PLA 1116, Malta
If you’re planning a trip to Malta and fancy visiting the oldest prehistoric temple in the world that is completely underground, I would highly recommend a visit to the Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni in the southern part of the island.
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I traveled to a small Berber Village in the middle Atlas Mountains. I walked through the village following the fast flowing river to the the waterfall. I rolled up my jeans and walked through the cool water and relaxed listening to the crash of...
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Maghreb
November in the Sahara.
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Erfoud, Morocco
We spent the night in this Bedoin tent in the Sahara near Erfoud, Morocco. The sand is this color, orange. The desert was actually wet in April, the night was cold and clear. The stars were amazing. Recommended. Many tour companies can arrange an...
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I can remember every smell from my first Stay in Morocco... I landed and walked into the Marrakech-Menara airport where Huge Arabic script greets you from the wall... I presume saying Welcome Weary Traveler, or something along those lines. I...