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sergiurusu
03-17-2008, 01:48 AM
Just returned from an 8 days trip to Tunisia, including SW locations.

You can see some of the SW pics here:

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v226/sergiurusu/Tunisia/


We lived in Sousse at the Karawan hotel in a room with a view at the Mediterranean sea:

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The Roman Amphitheatre at El Jem:

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The desert is all around us:

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Troglodyte underground houses at Matmata:

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Palm tree forest:

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Hotel in the desert (Douz oasis):

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Sunrise at the Chott el Jerid salt lake:

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Chebika Oasis near Atlas mountains:

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Desert and more desert (we came in Toyota Jeeps with really professional drivers):

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The Star Wars movie set in the Tunisian desert (about 30 km from Tamerza oasis). Some pics below, more to come soon:

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Keirouan city:

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The capital city, Tunis:

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The bazaar:

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Carthage ruins:

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Sidi Bou Said - the blue and white village:

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A crystal rock my mom found at the Star Wars movie set in the desert dunes:

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Tunisia desert salt flower - got them at about 20 km from the Star Wars movie set in the desert:

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Amethyst bought at Chebika oasis (30 km from the Star Wars movie set):

http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/4267/tunisiaamethyst01bk9.jpg

Fridge magnets made of ceramics - each one is hand made and unique (Tataouine):

http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/517/tunisiafridgemagnetslw6.jpg

JediTricks
03-18-2008, 03:57 AM
So very jealous = me.


That is so awesome. Looks like you had better weather than Lucas. :D Those SW sets were from Ep 1, right?

Kidhuman
03-18-2008, 05:17 AM
Very nice pic, I would love to go there and check the sets out.

sergiurusu
03-18-2008, 05:30 AM
So very jealous = me.

That is so awesome. Looks like you had better weather than Lucas. :D Those SW sets were from Ep 1, right?


TPM indeed!

BanthaPoodoo
03-18-2008, 10:11 AM
Wow! That stuff is still just sitting there? Surprised they didnt tear it all down after filming.

That is crazy cool!

Did you take anything to add to your collection? LOL!

sergiurusu
03-18-2008, 11:51 AM
Wow! That stuff is still just sitting there? Surprised they didnt tear it all down after filming.

That is crazy cool!

Did you take anything to add to your collection? LOL!

They stay there fine, just some are vandalized by fans who wrote their names on the walls or vaporators.

I didn't take anything from there except a few rocks and such. No props, no parts from the set, I'm not a savage. I like future generations to be able to see what I saw in person. Everything is about how to feel there, not what to bring home with you... :)

JediTricks
03-18-2008, 09:47 PM
I think it was Gus Lopez who visited Tunisia for the ANH ruins, found a few, and took back a Krayt Dragon skeleton bone. I hate to say it, but I probably would have too, either time or jerks will destroy it otherwise, and at least I know it'll go somewhere appreciated.

sergiurusu
03-19-2008, 03:29 AM
If everyone would take some "souvenirs" from the set, then there would be nothing left in a few years. Glad at least the set is far away in the desert, hard to reach by visitors, not so many companies make trips there and the Tunisian customs are harsh.

JediTricks
03-19-2008, 05:50 PM
No, I know, logically it's more respectful, but pragmatically it's all going to be gone eventually because there's no security, no caretaker.

sergiurusu
03-20-2008, 02:53 AM
Not really. I can't see a fan trying to take a vaporator through the Tunisian customs. The small parts maybe are already gone but the larger ones still stand.

JediTricks
03-20-2008, 10:41 PM
Not really. I can't see a fan trying to take a vaporator through the Tunisian customs. The small parts maybe are already gone but the larger ones still stand.
I wouldn't take something like THAT!

sergiurusu
03-21-2008, 02:50 AM
I wouldn't take something like THAT!

There are not too many small parts left to pick up ;) . Anyway remember the pics with the sunrise at Chott El Jerid salt lake? Or the Tozeur and Nefta oases? I visited all those :)

http://www.movie-locations.com/movies/s/starwars.html

"The exterior of the homestead, where Luke contemplates the two suns, is part of the vast Chott el Jerid, the dry, white salt flat stretching across central Tunisia to the oases of Tozeur and Nefta. The site of Luke’s home, now a couple of filled-in circular pits, can be found a few miles south from Highway 3 on a turnoff just west of Nefta."

Also the English Patient's filming location was close toe the Star Wars one:

http://www.movie-locations.com/intromovies/engpatient.html

"The desert camp of Count Laszlo de Almásy (Ralph Fiennes) is in the Tunisian Sahara a few miles from the oasis of Nefta. The site is beneath the bizarre Onk Jemal (http://i-cias.com/tunisia/onk_jemal.htm), the Camel's Neck rock formation, not too far from the sets for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (http://i-cias.com/tunisia/mos_espa.htm). A guided desert safari, with a four-wheel drive vehicle is the most practical way to see the location."

My own picture of Onk Jemal the Camel's Neck rock (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2453777960046342714EgUvvD) - a few km from Mos Espa movie set

sergiurusu
05-29-2009, 02:51 AM
My trip to Tunisia video with almost everything I visited: Sousse, Port El Kantaoui, El Djem Coliseum, Matmata (troglodyte house), Douz, Tamerza oasis, Chebika oasis, Chott El Jerid salt lake, Keirouan holy city, Sidi Bou Said (blue & white city), Tunis (capital), Carthage ruins, Mediterranean sea, Star Wars movie locations etc.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7soENedvCY

Plus the Star Wars movie set in the desert video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guAohSZse7Y

TeeEye7
05-29-2009, 08:02 PM
Very cool!

I've been to Morocco (Tangier, Tetouan, and Ceuta) when I was a student in Spain but Tunisia looks much more appealing to me!

Great photos! Thanks for the tour!

sergiurusu
05-30-2009, 03:34 AM
Trust me it is a unique experience! Tunisia is the place where many movies were filmed besides Star Wars, actors like Angelina Jolie or Elisabeth Taylor enjoyed spending their time there. A beautiful country with warm and friendly people.There are many SW locations at least 7-8 of them hundreds of km's away one from another. There are from OT and from PT.

Can't wait to visit Tunisia again next year and maybe to go to Sidi Driss Hotel to see the Lars homestead. It is in Matmata village where lots of troglodytes houses are, and it is in perfect condition, tourists from every corner of the world come to see this.

Or to visit the Ajim village on Djerba island (Ben Kenobi's house), Ksar Hadada/Medenine where the Slave quarters ere in TPM (excellent condition), Chott el Jerid where general Rommel had his tanks pass this salt lake and where the beautiful desert roses are made by nature and where Luke is watching the 2 suns set.

Besides the Star Wars stuff there are tons of other things to visit in Tunisia: bazaars, wonderful European/Arabian architecture, museums, Carthage ruins, Roman ruins (the El Jem Coliseum is older than the one in Rome Italy by 200 years, and in much better condition), Mediterranean beaches, wonderful palm tree oasis and the mighty desert.

Tunisia is one of the safest Arabian/African countries. You should stick with the common tourist routes and will not have any problems. I've seen hundreds of foreign tourists from all over the world there: Italians (we had a nice couple in our hotel), Germans (a family of 4 in our hotel too), Dutch, Polish, Hungarian (we went together in the south with the Hungarians), Australians (a tall guy with a great sense of humor at the Mehari hotel with his wife and daughters), Japanese, Koreans etc. One of my neighbors also left yesterday for Hammamet Tunisia, she saw my photo album last year and she and her husband were so impressed that they decided to go this year. I can't wait to go again next year.

People are very warm and friendly, they are not fundamentalists, no interest in terrorism or so. They live from tourism and small commerce with leather products, olive oil and traditional handicraft products. On Djerba island there is a Jewish community for hundreds of years and there were never problems in this Muslim country. It is a very modern and civilized country, great roads, excellent hotels and services. You'll see lot of modern influences: French, Arabian, African.