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    Nice excursion in Tunisia. I did not know about this amphitheater before. I am asking myself often, why none of these has been ever restored. It would be an amazing theatre also for modern times.
    Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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      Ralf, it is said to be the third largest amphitheatre of this type, after the famous Rome Colosseum and another less preserved one in Capua in mainland Italy (which I hadn't heard of until now). There is actually enough remains of seating (at the town side where less of the surrounding superstructure was taken in later centuries) to stage events. However, this is neither a capital city like Rome, nor the kind of town that has a local use for such a venue, nor is it a major international touristic place as, for example, the modern theatrical or operatic use of the Greek theatre in Taormina. El Diem is really more a village once the day trips from Sousse have departed - and there, apart from cruise ships, most tourism has focussed on sun/beach holidaymakers.

      So I'm glad no further restoration was attempted at El Diem. I see no advantage for it, and the wonderful thing about the ampitheatre is that there is actually more remaining of important aspects of the structure both above and below ground than there is in Rome.
      Incidentally, for film buffs, some footage of the movie “Gladiator” was filmed here, and shots for the Monty Python "“Life of Brian"” to name just two!

      As for the Roman villas and their mosaics, there is probably much still to be discovered. Not so much by conventional archaeological excavation as in northern Europe - everything here gets covered and preserved by sand. I suppose most experts in that specialist field have rather been drawn to Egyptian antiquities. I see the same kind of bias in palaeontology - some kinds of study are not currently 'cool' or ‘fashionable’ in attracting newly qualified graduates into a research academic career - and indeed are poorly funded.

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        I give your cruise, your images and the entire collection of moments, all thumbs up!
        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

        Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
        Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

        Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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          Day 11 – Tunis

          It really felt like a sunrise the next morning. The kind often experienced from a hurtigrute in Norway, when you wonder exactly where the sun will appear above the changing outline of hills or mountains. The minute or two before the sun's disk emerges is often the best, perhaps because of the bonus that clouds sometimes have a golden lining!




          I had the aft deck all to myself too!


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            There were some clouds later, as I watched ship silhouettes in the yellowish light.



            I remember thinking it was a little bit like arriving at Dublin, first the line of hills, then flatter, breakwaters, tall chimneys, shipping.

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                I took lots of ship photos. Here for example is ro-ro Salammbo 7...



                ...and the container ship Alexander Sibum.




                I seem to have been rather active that morning, moving around the ship to different vantage points! - first forward as Serenissima nears the cruise port at La Goulette.

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                  Here is the view approaching the quay, and it makes me smile because to me it looks just like a sandcastle fort!

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                    I'm on the foredeck viewing platform watching the action.

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                      Next I relocate as it seems an excellent opportunity to take a sequence of photos as the gangway is positioned.

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                        Back on the foredeck I took photos of the bar and the fitness area which I remembered I hadn't taken the day before!








                        Then a view of the surroundings from the aft deck en route to collect things from my cabin..

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                          It's time to go ashore and head for the buses for a full day excursion.

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                            Thank you for your comments to the amphitheatre idea. I was asking this not especially because of this one. There is also an impressive one in Pula/Croatia, so obviously there are some of them. I know, that they have a wonderful acoustic, that's why i don't understand, why cities are rather spending millions for new, futuristic threatres than to copy a thousends of year old, famous architecture which even worked without electric power!

                            The Tunis cruise terminal is really an idyllic place, especially caught by you in that warm light of the morning sun. I am so happy to kow an early bird like you. So you can show me these wonderful views i mostly miss for myself.
                            Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                              859 / 2 is such an amazing moment captured.

                              Imagine sitting there with a healthy breakfast just watching, taking it all in?
                              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                              Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                              Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

                              Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                                You read my mind Jan-Olav!
                                Yes indeed, I took a bowl of yoghurt and fruit there to eat out on deck.

                                ...but later returned to the dining room for an omelette, a strip of crispy bacon, a croissant with jam, and some coffee!

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