Monday, February 27, 2006

Dougga, Tunisia

Dougga, Tunisia

Not so long ago I scanned and uploaded to Flickr some photos of Tunisia and at the time said that a travelogue might be appropriate. In reviewing the material, it seemed the best approach would be to focus on just one location, rather than give a cursory tour of the country. There is no doubt that the Roman ruins at Dougga are worthy of a travelogue. If for no other reason than it might encourage more people to visit the place.

I was fortunate to work in the area in 1993 and 1994 and stayed at the Thugga Hotel in nearby Teboursouk for three weeks at a time. This area of Tunisia has been neglected over the years as the focus of the government has been to develop low cost beach holidays in places like Sousse. If you are prepared to rough it a bit, the Sahel region of Tunisia has a lot to offer, including scenery, archeology, local customs and so on. My suggestion (not in the travelogue) would be to visit Dougga in the spring when the area is green and carpeted with wild flowers. The climate at this time of year is perfect for exploring old ruins!