A nomad Bedouin tribe with their sheep and camels, outside of Beja, Tunisia.
Was recently in Tunis
to conduct some training for the Tunisian National Guard and National Police (Anti-Terrorism Brigade). 2 days were spent in a classroom in downtown Tunis, but on day 3, we drove one hour west towards a town called Beja. It was amazing how the landscape changed from the desert to a wine-country like setting, with rolling hills littered with olive groves and vinyards. We spent the morning shooting on a small range at the National Police Training Facility and then the commanding officer put on an authentic BBQ lunch which was out of this world. We sat outside under the trees overlooking an old abandoned swimming pool from the days when the facility was home to a government owned vacation oasis.
Me at the Tunisian National Police Training Center, Beja, Tunisia.
Evidence of Tunisia's rich history was in plain view - pool side were the ruins of an old Roman settlement. It is obvious why the Romans would have been there as the landscape was very much like the terrain in southern Italy. On the way back to Tunis later that afternoon, we stopped at a random spot off the highway where we found the final resting place of many British and Indian soldiers that had perished nearby during the WWII North African Campaign under the shadow of a French church that had been destroyed in the fighting. It was amazing how relics of Tunisia's past span 2700+ years from the Carthaginians through the Roman conquest during the 1st century then on to the Muslim influence from the Ottomans and finally to WWII.