It doesn't seem like Africa.

Trip Start Jun 08, 2012
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Trip End Jun 16, 2012


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Monday, June 11, 2012

Our ship docked in La Goulette around 8 a.m.  The weather had gotten noticeably hotter and the port seemed kind of dry; odd that considering we were surrounded by the ocean!
Our guide joined us on our bus and introduced himself.  He had an excellent command of English and off we went.
We travelled into Tunis proper and he walked us around the souk. Not one to really enjoy the group atmosphere I found it a bit hectic and also my number one complaint; not enough time to stop and drink in the atmosphere.  We were herded into a perfume store; not interested, then a carpet shop; not interested.  The carpets were beautiful and it's amazing how much work goes into them but I certainly didn't have $1300 Euros to spend on a runner.
The area was lovely, with water on one side and the city on the other.  We made our way through the tunnel like halls and our guide pointed out some of the interesting door designs
Made our way into Sidi Bou Said which is basically just a pretty village with nice stucco? walls and bougainvillea growing on everything.
It's so pretty with the stark white everywhere punctuated by bright blue doors and the pink flowers everywhere.  We stopped for a beer at the top of the village where the market type stalls are.  Very commercial stuff like Gucci knock off sunglasses etc.  I was hoping for goods which were more local, maybe spices or food items.

Took a break at the cafe at the top of the stairs and the beer was decidely citrus flavoured.  I enjoyed it but not surprisingly my roommate didn't.  She wasn't super adventurous.

Took a few snaps and back we went to the bus to drive around a little.  He took us past the momument/memorial to the war dead from World War 2; mostly French and US soldiers, a few Canadians too.  Then we stopped to look at some Roman aqueducts.  I guess the Romans brought water into the village there too, long before it was Tunisia.

A nice excursion and an interesting place.  I think I'd need a beach setting or something with a bit more going on to warrant returning.  I had thought for awhile about planning a family trip but considering the expense it may have been a bit of a stretch.  I'm sure some of the other towns or maybe the interior would have other interesting spots.

Onto Naples tomorrow!
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