Exploring Houmt Souk on fabled Djerba

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The island of Djerba comes with a storied history. In Homer’s ancient Greek epic, The Odyssey, Djerba is the Land of the Lotus Eaters where, after a decade of war with the Trojans, Odysseus – Ulysses as he was known to the Romans – is stranded while trying to return home to Ithaca. On land the islanders feed his crew lotus flowers. Instantly falling into a dream-like state, they forget their desire to return home until Odysseus forces them to sail away.

Hara Kebira, Houmt Souk, Djerba, Tunisia Hara Kebira, Houmt Souk, Djerba, Tunisia

Houmt Souk, Djerba, Tunisia Houmt Souk, Djerba, Tunisia

Fish market, Houmt Souk, Djerba, Tunisia Fish market, Houmt Souk, Djerba, Tunisia

Fish market, Houmt Souk, Djerba, Tunisia Fish market, Houmt Souk, Djerba, Tunisia

Spanish fort, Houmt Souk, Djerba, Tunisia Spanish fort, Houmt Souk, Djerba, Tunisia

Houmt Souk, Djerba, Tunisia Houmt Souk, Djerba, Tunisia

The 19th century English poet, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, described this incident in the poem The Lotos-eaters: “In the afternoon, they came unto a land, in which it seemed always afternoon. All round the coast the…

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