Sunset in the dessert

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Gate to Tozeur

Living the oasis I get back temporarily to Tozeur and get a last look around the city. Walking through the local market I am always amazed by the smells at the place. The spices in the shops always look super colorful not like the small boxes spices come in back in Copenhagen and half the experience is the smell of spices. After the market I try to get into some of the mosques but I am not really successful it appears only Muslims are allowed inside the mosques. Hence I have to settle to look at the outside of the mosques.

 

I finally wonder off the beaten path and into the medina of the city to explore - this area is a lot less touristy than the rest of the city and seems only to serve as residence for the locals. It is an interesting place with lots of narrow streets - and no exits. I walk around the area looking at the place but after a while I would like to leave. I got a sense of where I am - but there is a wall around the medina - hence I need to get out at one of the few exits around the place and I can’t find one.

Finally I give up and double back to the exit where I went in originally.

 

I leave Tozeur and to head down to the south of the country. The first part of the trip is via the Chott el-Jerid again. The trip through this white inhospitable place is fascinating. The white all over doesn’t look like it can sustain any kind of life and it is easy to see why this area attracted George Lucas to shoot a scene in his first Star Wars movie. In the middle of the salt is an old bus which is just parked out there.  The bus looks like it was just on its ordinary trip between two cities and then suddenly the driver decided it was time for his passengers to go out and stretch their legs and walk instead of drive.

 

Getting out of the salt really doesn’t make the landscape much more hospitable - this is the true Sahara Desert one of those where it is hard to see how life of any kind can be sustained. I guess it is one of those love or hate kind of landscapes - either you love the desert or you hate it. Me I can’t get enough of the desert and are constantly drawn towards this dry and sunny land.

 

Passing through a couple of smaller cities you’ll pass the true masters of the desert - the camels. They just walk along the road eating the tiny desert plants. It takes several hours of driving but finally I get to the south of the country. I am not heading down to the extreme south because that part of the country is a military zone and you can only go if you got a special permit. Hence I only go as far south as I can. I stay at the Ksar Ghilane which is in the middle of the Sahara. I get down there a bit late hence I watch a true desert sunset at the roadside on the way there.

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Gate to Tozeur
Gate to Tozeur
Spices at the market in Tozeur
Spices at the market in Tozeur
Spices at the market
Spices at the market
Spices at the market
Spices at the market
Spices at the market
Spices at the market
Outside the market
Outside the market
House in Tozeur
House in Tozeur
Minerat on mosque in Tozeur
Minerat on mosque in Tozeur
Gate in Tozeur
Gate in Tozeur
Top of Minerat
Top of Minerat
mosque in Tozeur
mosque in Tozeur
Another mosque in the modern part …
Another mosque in the modern part…
Medina of Tozeur
Medina of Tozeur
Door in the medina
Door in the medina
Medina of Tozeur
Medina of Tozeur
Salt og Chott el-Jerid
Salt og Chott el-Jerid
Salt og Chott el-Jerid - bus parke…
Salt og Chott el-Jerid - bus park…
The bus on the salt
The bus on the salt
The bus on the salt
The bus on the salt
The white of Chott el-Jerid
The white of Chott el-Jerid
The white of Chott el-Jerid
The white of Chott el-Jerid
Local transport in small town
Local transport in small town
Local transport in small town
Local transport in small town
Camel
Camel
Mountains
Mountains
Mountains
Mountains
Sunset in the desert
Sunset in the desert
Sunset in the desert
Sunset in the desert
Sand at sunset
Sand at sunset
Sunset in the desert
Sunset in the desert
Chott El Jerid
photo by: tj1777