Tunis turnaround

After Cairo, we continued on west along Northern Africa to Tunisia.  We stayed within a few blocks of the Tunis medina, the old city with its markets.  One day, we took an hour train ride up the coast to the historical city of Carthage. We got caught in a heavy downpour.  The first since Ulaanbaatar.

Answers from previous post:

  1. A rope with thirteen knots equally spaced can be used to lay out right angles.  Knot 1 and 13 are anchored with one stake.  Then a triangle is formed by stretching out knots 5 and 8 so the rope is taught.  Fixing these knots with stakes creates a right triangle with legs of 4 units and 3 units and a hypotenuse of 5 units (I’m sure you all remember that on a right triangle 4² * 3² = 5²).
  2. In 1799, a French soldier stationed at Fort Julien (the name the French gave to Fort Qaitbey) discovered the Rosetta stone in the original walls. Ruins of old temples were used as building materials in the 1400’s.
  3. This is an authentic Chinese restaurant in an area where there are many Chinese Muslims residing.  Many are Uigher Chinese emigrating from the Western Provinces of China.

Time for Trivia:

  1. Who is the most famous military commander born in Tunis (remembered for elephants)?
  2. Who was the most beautiful Italian girl in Tunisia in 1957 (although she only spoke French and Arabic)?