Golden Blue

Photo essay: Tunisia from the sea to the desert

by shahireh sharif
Tunisia (population of ten million) is a popular holiday destination in the North of Africa. Around 6 million tourists visit the country annually. The country’s main source of income comes from textile, tourism and agriculture (mostly olive and dates). The capital of Tunisia is Tunis and the official language is Arabic, although, French is widely spoken. Many Tunisians are multilingual and speak in different languages, particularly Spanish, Italian, English and German >>> more

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by shahireh sharif on

mmm.... I'm sure I responded to this post before! Maybe I didn't post it in the correct manner. I guess the best thing is to write again (just thinking loud).

I apologize in advance for a possible duplication just in case the original response appears later on. Now must remember what I’ve said before.   

Thanks for coming back to this.  I have no problem with this set of pictures being classified under "Let me share my holiday snaps", "accidental tourist" or "travellers". I do not see the apparent hierarchy of authority/importance that you’ seem to be referring to.  People’s impression from this or indeed any other set of photos can vary from “all fine and dandy” or “they don't speak the truth”, and that's OK as this is an observation.

Dirty Angel


by Dirty Angel on

I did see your posts at the time and did wonder about other people's totally deliberate state of oblivion.  Unfortunately, your comments have been proven correct, as is evident in recent news....

The thing is though, that these kind of  "photo essays" ( I mean most on IC and no particular comment on the poster of this "feature" ) should not be under a "traveller" section, but "accidental tourist" at best or "Let me share my holiday snaps" (all fine and dandy if purported to be....)....


"Stuff happens and some, one way or another, get stuffed"


Nice pictures.

by Anonymouse on

Everything is sacred







by yolanda on

Great pictures.....the photographer has great eyes to capture the interesting stuff: Persian-style structures, beautiful tilework, mosaics, glazed platters, baskets, doors and windows..........I also like the camel riding is so cool to ride a camel in the sand desert.......I have seen a lot of photos from Iran......but not one camel tour photo.....but I just searched on-line.....they do have camel-riding tours in Iran.......

Great photo essay!

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

Thanks, sincerely :)


Darius Kadivar

Thank You Anahid Jaan

by Darius Kadivar on

Appreciate Your Support and Interest.

It's Mutual ;0) 

Warm Regards,

Anahid Hojjati

Darius jan, thanks for your comment addressed to me

by Anahid Hojjati on

I agree with your point , thanks.



by Rashti on


 I am not telling you what to do or not do. You have the freedom to do what you wish to do. That is your God given right. It does not matter what I or anyone else thinks. I just expressed my frustration and experience after visiting Tunisia. Who may have a great time there...

Anahid Hojjati

maziar 58, I find all of Darius' comments relevant to the blog

by Anahid Hojjati on

When we are looking at pictures of a certain country, it is very relevant to talk about its political system. IC readers are not some 10 year olds being asked to look at travel pictures. Many of us are interested to use these blogs to learn about the countries which are subject of the travel blog.

maziar 58

Tunisian Trip

by maziar 58 on

All the comments made by Mr. kadivar has no relevance to the blog of Ms. Sharif itself.

I always enjoy reading his (Mr. kadivar's blogs & links) all the times .

Always loved the 3 N.Africans (arab-french nations) their friendly peoples,foods and way of interacting with others.

the only problem they have similar to us is their common religion Islam other than that we're not the same at all.  Maziar

Darius Kadivar

HOSHDAR BEH TUNISIA Eshtebayeh ma Iroonyha roh Tajrobeh Nakoneed

by Darius Kadivar on

Friendly Advice to Our Fellow Tunisian Friends ... Avoid another Revolution as a solution to the ills of your beautiful nation ... specifically if it is supposed to be a Lefty Artsy Farsty Islamic One like our ill fated one in Iran .           

Parviz Ghazi Saeed

Majles Now, Then 


Tunisia's Political System may not be perfect but they definitively don't deserve another Revolution to Reform it no more than Morocco which happens to be a Monarchy.

I say this all the more comfortably that I am not a Republican aka Jomhurykhah !

Otherwise I would have suggested Restoring the descendants of the Old Bey's Muhammad VIII al-Amin on their rightful Constitutional Throne ...

Come to think of it that may not be a Bad Idea ? LOL  


Darius Kadivar

Yeah Anahid Jaan and Morocco is Not a Real Monarchy ...

by Darius Kadivar on

Anahid jan, to paraphrase you in a different context I can equally claim that

"just because a country calls itself a Monarchy, it does not mean that they really are. A country such as Morocco or countries like Jordan where after father, the son become Absolute Monarchs, they are not really Constitutional Monarchies. I don't think these examples should be used to discredit a real Monarchical form of government."


And Yet the King of Morocco is Far More Open to Change and Democratic than many of his Fellow President Colleagues in the Region :

Morocco's march to democracy rests on king's whim - The New York Times

In addition he pays Taxes like the Queen of England ...


Darius Kadivar

Vaay Khodayah SAVAKY HAYEH Tunisia Khatarnakan ... LOL

by Darius Kadivar on

How Dare You guys Go for Fun in the Most Corrupt, and Dangerous country in North Africa ?

Spending Money to Safeguard it's Corrupt President For Life's Republic.

Shame on You.

Reading to some of the comments reminds me of the Patronizing Silly Comments made by Tourists who visited the Shah's Iran.

Oh Look at the Contrast between the Filthy Rich and Look at the Poor beggers in the Street ...

I heard the same patronizing comments last year from representatives of Amnesty International during a Film Screening of the following film

Pour Un Instant: LA LIBERTE! by DK



And quite honestly their comments in trying to draw disproportional parrallels between Tunisia's Republic, Morocco's Monarchy and the Islamic Repubic in terms of Human Rights Violations Really pissed me so much that I responded back saying have you Amnesty People even taken a Look at the Map of North Africa before making such irresponsible and clueless comments ?

Tunisia's Secular Regime however far from being a democracy is far better off in terms of social freedoms particularly for women than neighboring Hosni Mobarak's Egypt or Neighboring Mummar Quaddaffi's Lybia.

So quite honestly overlooking what happens in these countries and pinpointing Tunisia as the Most Corrupt nation and comparing it's Secret Police to that of the Islamic Republic or even the Shah's Savak is Quite Telling on the Lack of Objectivity of some ANN TELLECTUALS to this day.

As for Tunisians I personally have always found them to be very charming , cultured and with a great sense of humor which I have rarely found amongst other North Africans:

les Tunisiens d'abord après les autres Michel boujenah

So quite honestly to see people Boycotting Tunisia for so called "Corruption",or it's  "Poverty" or for being a "Police State" is ridiculous to say the least .

My Humble Opinion,


An Iranian Who has Good Tunisian Friends 





Anahid Hojjati

Dear Darius, Tunisia is not real jumhoori

by Anahid Hojjati on

Darius jan, just because a country calls itself Jumhoori, it does not mean that they really are. A country such as Tunisia or countries like Syria where after father, the son became president, they are not really Jumhoori. I don't think these examples should be used to discredit a real republican form of government.

Red Wine


by Red Wine on

سرکار خانم شریف.

اولا دستتان درد نکند که این عکس‌ها را اینجا گذاشتید و شادی خودتان را با ما قسمت کردید،ما که لذت بردیم و جایتان خالی‌ به سلامتی شما شراب خوردیم و عکس زیبا تماشا کردیم.

دوم باید به خدمتتان عرض کنم که بنده از عاشقان کشور‌های شمال آفریقا..به خصوص صحرا و بادیه نشین‌های آنجا هستم (بلاگ مربوطه من در این زمینه را بخوانید لطفا.)

مملکت تونس یکی‌ از پر افتخار‌ترین ممالک شمال آفریقا هست که تاریخ زیبا و مردمانی خوش رو دارد،بنده مفتخرم که ۳ مرتبه بدانجا سفر کرده‌ام و باز هم در اواخر زمستان بدانجا خواهم رفت تا در ساخت یک پروژه فیلم مستند همکاری داشته باشم.

در شهر برج ال‌خدر که مرز بین تونس و لیبی‌ هست،تنها جای بود که مشکل داشتیم و غیر از این هیچ گاه شکایتی از کسی‌ ندیدم،قطعاً فقر و مشکلات دیگر در آنجا حکمفرماست اما در تمام مناطق بدین شکل است و این امریست طبیعی که اگر توریست باشی‌،یک کشور را آنجور تعریف میکنی‌ که در همان یک مرتبه دیده یی !!! اماتور !

بنده بهترین کباب بره را در بین صحرا نشینهای مطلاویی خورده‌ام و شب نشینی‌ها با اهالی محترم قبیله‌ الهوک که از طارقین شجاع و دلیرانی شتر سوار هستند داشته ام.

خوشحالم که باز به صحرا باز می‌گردم.

از شما و دیگر دوستان سپاسگزارم.



Darius Kadivar

Hmm...Please Explain How a Jomhury Can be Corrupt & Dictatorial?

by Darius Kadivar on

Answer: Ever Since the establishment of a Republic Tunisia has had Only Two Presidents: 

Habib Bourguiba (Term in Office: 1957 - 1987)
Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (Term in Office: 1987 to ????)

List of Presidents of Tunisia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Two Presidents in Half a Century ( 53 Years to be exact ) ...

Is that what Jomhurykhah's in Tunisia consider as an accomplishment ? ...

Anahid Hojjati

Nice pictures.

by Anahid Hojjati on

Thanks for sharing.


Tunisia has been on my list too

by Monda on

Dear Shahireh, thank you for reinforcing my motivation to visit this beautiful land. 

Anahid Hojjati

Travel is great, Any body will be in Vegas in few days?

by Anahid Hojjati on

I love travel. In couple days, I will be in Vegas and even though it will not be as dirty or poor as India and the Paris is not real Paris and so on and so forth, but I will try hard to enjoy it :).If any IC writer/commentator will be there and likes to get together for coffee or drinks, please contact me through my contact button.

shahireh sharif

to Rashti

by shahireh sharif on

Thanks for adding your views here.

What you’ve said is far from my personal experience; although I agree (in a way, that is) Tunisia isn’t a rich country and if you are concerned by poverty, then it might not be the right place for you to visit. I just want to add that, in general I was impressed by people’s tolerance and kindness and came back with lots of happy memories. But, I might have been lucky, I don’t know.

Jahanshah Javid

Dirty World

by Jahanshah Javid on

Rashti, thanks for your review of Tunisia. I guess I should forget about going there. And I certainly won't go to India either. Lots of poor, dirty, smelly places there too.

I'll go to Rasht instead where there are no beggars, the city is spotless, and the fish smell like roses.

Or better, I'll never leave my clean, comfortable bed.


Not so fast...

by Rashti on

Pictures are nice, but they don't speak the truth. I was there 4 years ago. If you like dirty, stinky cities, then go to Tunisia. If you like nasty, smelly and annoying people, then go to Tunisia. If you want little kids beg you for money, the go to Tunisia. If you want to be followed by their secret police wherever you go, then go to Tunisia. If you want someone to steal your money and grab whatever you have in your hotel room, then Tunisia is for you.

Enjoy your visit.

shahireh sharif

Thank you all

by shahireh sharif on

Definitely recommend seeing Tunisia.

It has the taste of upbringing; its bazaars and narrow streets are a close resemblance of parts of Iran that I visited with my grandfather many years ago.

Nazy Kaviani


by Nazy Kaviani on

Shahireh Jan,

Finally I see a destination I have on my list of places to visit! Your pictures, as usual, are gorgeous, sharp, and telling.

I'm so ready to travel to faraway places right about now!

maziar 58

nice pictures

by maziar 58 on

san captiones !

wish it had come with some caption.         

PS.  jj famouse claudia cardinale came from that area too BON CHANCE !Maziar

Jahanshah Javid

must go

by Jahanshah Javid on

I have been thinking of Tunisia. Your beautiful pictures have convinced me... I must go!