Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul – April 5, 2018 – Tunis, Tunisia

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By Tom Allin

The third time was the charm.  I had walked by the Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul twice before and it was locked up.  Persistence pays off – it was open on my third trip.

There are about 20,000 Catholics living in Tunisia.  The Catholic Church still owns the Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul but services are not held here on a weekly basis.  It appeared to me the Cathedral was more a tourist attraction than a religious site.

 
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The Medina – April 4, 2018 – Tunis, Tunisia

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By Tom Allin

The Tunis Medina is the old city portion of Tunis and was founded in 698 AD.  Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  I spent two half days exploring a small section of the Medina.  I say a small section because the Medina is roughly 650 acres with over a hundred thousand inhabitants.

On the second day Nancy and I explored together and had lunch at a restaurant I had found on the first day – food was very good but no wine or any other alcohol was available. Ahh, the advantage of traveling in Catholic Italy versus Muslim Tunisia is wine is available almost everywhere in Italy and not so much in Tunisia.  As interesting as the narrow pedestrian streets, shops, doors, and everything else were,  it was the people I found most interesting.

 
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