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LANDSCAPES AND STORIESIn Sfax, the second-largest city, a walled medieval Arab quarter known as a medina reveals covered markets, winding streets and an old courtyard where desert caravans and their camels once rested.Other places tell ancient stories too: the ruins of Carthage, the capital of a Mediterranean empire founded in 814 B.C.; the 2,500-year-old Ghriba Synagogue on the island of Djerba; cave-dwelling indigenous Berbers who live near the Sahara Desert; and many beautiful mosques and medinas.Tunisia also has a compelling modern history and a culture of progressive Islamic teachings. A revolution in Tunisia in 2011 sparked the Arab Spring.A melange of French and Arab cultures reflects Tunisia's 75 years as a French colony. In the hilltop town of Sidi Bou Said, young men and women laugh and talk at outdoor cafes and even hold hands in the street, a rarity in the Arab world.TUNIS, THE CAPITALMost trips to Tunisia begin in Tunis, the sprawling capital. Tunisia's entrenched authoritarian leader was driven from power in January 2011 amid protests that became known as the start of the Arab Spring.This year, travel groups are again booking tours to Tunisia.
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