Tunisia Part 3

March 9, 2009

This section will be devoted to interesting/unusual/funny cultural things about Tunisia.

Signs and Warnings

Throughout the country we enjoyed the interesting road signs and warning signs. I think you’ll like them as well.

In Arabic and French: SPEED = DANGER

In Arabic and French: SPEED = DANGER

Camel Crossing sign

Camel Crossing sign

my favorite sign: a car with an explosion.  I still don’t know what it’s about.

my favorite sign: a car with an explosion. I still don’t know what it’s about.

a stop sign.  Yes, the signs say “Stop,” not “Arret”

a stop sign. Yes, the signs say “Stop,” not “Arret”

“Danger: Do not walk on the ruins” with a falling man

“Danger: Do not walk on the ruins” with a falling man

“Stars War Scenery” and “Stars War” (mispelled in French).  Everywhere we went, people had signs up stating that the view was supposedly used in Star Wars; usually false.

“Stars War Scenery” and “Stars War” (mispelled in French). Everywhere we went, people had signs up stating that the view was supposedly used in Star Wars; usually false.

Carthage Land, a theme park in Hammamet

Carthage Land, a theme park in Hammamet

One of the ubiquitous posters of the current president.  Apparently purple is his favorite color, so there are lots of purple signs everywhere.

One of the ubiquitous posters of the current president. Apparently purple is his favorite color, so there are lots of purple signs everywhere.

Food!

Tunisian food isn’t that different from Mediterranean food in general, except that they eat couscous and no pork, and more lamb.

Orangina!  In Arabic!

Orangina! In Arabic!

a fresh date from the date palm oasis

a fresh date from the date palm oasis

Tea with pine nuts

Tea with pine nuts

Tunisian pheasants, running wild in the streets.  Apparently they are good to eat.

Tunisian pheasants, running wild in the streets. Apparently they are good to eat.

Other Interesting Things

column capital, probably Byzantine, in the Great Mosque at Kairouan.  It’s been reused and has areas gouged out of it – probably those areas had figures, which aren’t allowed in Islamic decoration, so they were removed before the capital was reused.

column capital, probably Byzantine, in the Great Mosque at Kairouan. It’s been reused and has areas gouged out of it – probably those areas had figures, which aren’t allowed in Islamic decoration, so they were removed before the capital was reused.

Desert rose, it’s a natural sand formation that the locals dig up and sell to tourists.  They crumble in too much humidity so I didn’t buy one.

Desert rose, it’s a natural sand formation that the locals dig up and sell to tourists. They crumble in too much humidity so I didn’t buy one.

Tunisian mailbox.  All the official signs are in French.

Tunisian mailbox. All the official signs are in French.

the Tunisian flag, with a crescent and star for Islam, the color white for purity, and the red is arbitrary  (so said our Tunisian guide).

the Tunisian flag, with a crescent and star for Islam, the color white for purity, and the red is arbitrary (so said our Tunisian guide).

And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed!