“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….”

Perhaps not so far away after all.  Many scenes in the Star Wars movie (Episode IV: A New Hope) were actually filmed in Tunisia.  And we just returned from a two-week tour that visited four Star Wars film locations, one location used in the filming of a Monty Python’s Life of Brian movie, and many many historic “real life” locations.

For such a small country, Tunisia’s history is epic!  I’m not sure if it all started with the Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage, but that is pretty much where our tour started.  The tour continued through the Rome empire, to the French “protection”, and then onto the US campaign during World War II. 

Present day Tunisia is an interesting blend of Muslin and Western law; for example women have had the same voting and eligibility rights as men since 1956.   Tunisia is a confusing mix of the ancient still very much alive nomadic life of sheep herders living along side of (and sometimes inside of) thriving metropolitan cities. 

We are currently sorting through the over 3,000 photos that we took in the two-weeks and hope to have them posted within a month.  Until then, here are a handful of photos showing us having a great time!

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