Finally moving off S and on to T, and T is for Tunisia and one day spent in its capital, Tunis, during a Mediterranean cruise shortly before Christmas in 2012. So, when you think of Tunis, what do you think of? Probably not this…
But our cruise was one of the first that called into Tunisia after its 2011 revolution, and there were still plenty of military around, worried about security.
However, it didn’t spoil our day – the country was desperate to revitalise its old tourist industry, and the soldiers simply ignored us. Tunis is a delightful mix of the old and the new. Modern architecture like the City Hall
Sit comfortably side by side with sights such as the Catholic Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul.
The modernity of the University
And the tradition of the Youssef Dey Mosque
As with many Muslim cities, you get the best feel for real life in the bazaars and the souks. Tunis has a wealth of them.
You can have your hair cut
Buy from a tailor
Have a coffee
Buy decorative trinkets
And of course, a magic flying carpet!
And there’ll always be a traditional dancer there to encourage you to buy!
The architecture of the souks and the old town is fascinating too. I love the old doors
And those Moorish arches
And, of course, the tiles
Walking the streets is where you see the real people and the real sights
Outside Tunis, Sidi Bou Said is known for its beautiful blues.
Just one day in Tunisia is obviously not enough, but you can get just a taste of the life here.
And there’ll always be a traditional welcome for day trippers off a cruise!