By far the largest city in Tunisia, Tunis is the capital and has been for over 800 years,
although the medina has existed for far longer than that. The French decided they'd take charge
in the late 19th century, and laid out the Ville Nouvelle. Tunisia gained independence from France
in 1956 under the new leadership of Habib Bourgiba, and now under president Ben Ali the country
is one of the most liberal and progressive in the Arab world.
I was in Tunisia for a week during offshore leave, and as I'd been looking for somewhere random to
go to burn some air miles, it was just me for this last minute trip. It turned into a real
adventure, there's so much to see in this compact country, I'd go back in a second. It also helped
that I was there in the height of summer, so although it was ridiculously hot it was also off
season and there was no problem finding accommodation anywhere I just rocked up to.