This post is in response to a post on the blog of our friends, Alison and Dan and Sam and Maeve, who are also on a long trip. A photo of an abandoned house in their post got me thinking of the kinds of houses we saw in Tunisia.
We spent Eid after Ramadan in the town of Sidi Bou Said, which is famous for its blue and white colour scheme and beautiful doors to the houses.
These houses we saw while driving:
We also saw square tents made of plastic tarps and sticks and canvas, which are the homes of the Nomadic Berber people. Other similar temporary structures were built outside marble-cutting facilities and other rural industries.
The coolest thing about the troglodyte houses is how it made me see the landscape differently. What I saw as empty desert was actually a highly populated and managed natural environment. The Berbers used terracing to prevent erosion and capture water for their houses and plants. Look closely at these next pictures to see the sculpted the land.