Tunisian Dr Zied Mhirsi, who recently had his blog published in the British newspaper, The Guardian, urges you to discover the "New Tunisia!"
Avenue Habib Bourguiba, Tunis
I was there on Avenue Habib Bourguiba on 14 January, the day the Tunisian people decided the time of dictatorship was done. I was holding a sign that read "Yes We Can" and on that same evening we witnessed the dictator fleeing the country. The Tunisian Awakening has inspired many and has offered young people the opportunity to play an active role in building a new identity for their country.
Tunis has a different feel, a different taste and is no longer the static city, polished for postcards and lost in a time warp. The city is alive, and Avenue Habib Bourguiba, the Tunisian Champs Elysées, is now the Speakers' Corner of Tunis, where people come to from all over the country to discuss, demonstrate, and express their views on current political stories. The walls are tagged with "Thank-you Facebook" and "Vive la Révolution" and cafes are packed with young people, girls and boys clad in their summer clothes, drinking mint tea or café direct, the Tunisian version of the latte.
Enjoying Mint Tea At This Cafe In Hammamet
The narrow, winding streets of the ancient medina, which dates back to medieval times, are buzzing with wedding-season shoppers, who come to bargain with the jewellers, perfumers and carpet salesmen. With very few tourists on the streets, the traders of Tunis are at their beck and call, and even the inexperienced hagglers manage to get good deals on hand-painted pottery, brightly coloured leather sandals, and more.
Hop on the TGM train to La Goulette and have a traditional Tunisian lunch overlooking the sea – you might think you are in Sicily. Carthage is only a stone's throw away, and after filling up on grilled calamari, fish, and roasted-pepper salad, you can walk among the ruins of a place most people think exists only in history books.
Carthage, where the deposed president had his palace, used to be a neighbourhood under constant surveillance. Now young people have reclaimed the wide palm tree-lined streets of this chic 3,000-year-old area. This year's Carthage Music Festival (8 July-19 August, festival-carthage.com) held in an ancient amphitheatre, will be a celebration not only of summer, but of freedom.
Next stop on the TGM train is La Marsa, where young people from Tunis are bound to run into a few of their friends, either hanging out on the beach, walking on the corniche having an ice-cream, or hanging out in a pub, such as Plaza or Qubat-al-Hawa, both consistently at the top of the list when it comes to Tunis nightlife.
The Corniche Of La Marsa
Make sure you spend a morning in Sidi Bou Said, overlooking the sea from a cluster of white villas. Here you can have a bambalouni for breakfast, a light-as-air doughnut dusted with powdered sugar.
Cluster Of White Villas In Sidi Bou Said
You'll find that Tunis is full of pleasures, great and small, and enjoying them in this vibrant revolutionary atmosphere makes them that much better.