A change of scenery is never a bad thing and this week, I share with you some scenes from sunny Tunisia.
We started our holiday off in a rather questionable hotel where things like toilet paper, bed sheets and a pillow were a luxury. If you have ever seen the Fawlty Towers series, you will get the picture if I tell you that this whole place was run by Manuel. For a snippet of our hotel experience, I will probably be posting on Tripadvisor, not here 🙂
So, what we saw and experienced that week in no particular order:
Visiting the Sousse, Hammamet and Monastir medina’s, it soon became apparent that Tunisians are big fans of pottery, carpets, and knock-off Nike trainers. You will find everything from £500 rugs to £10 ”original fake” Nike shoes. I became the proud owner of 4 bowls, which I later found were as common as Big Ben fridge magnets are in London.
El Djem Colosseum
El Djem boasts the 3rd largest Colosseum in the world. Since this is the only Colosseum I have ever seen, it was the largest for me.
The Colosseum also hosted some of the scenes for Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Gladiator. If you have not seen The Life of Brian, which is the best movie ever, you are probably the kind of person who has seen the Gladiator, which is the worst movie ever.
Packing yourself into a taxi in Tunisia is one of the best things you can do there. Taxi drivers combine finesse and suicidal tendencies to give you the ride of your life.
You get into the taxi with a clear purpose of where you’re going.
You get out of the taxi not really caring and feeling like you’ve starred in a Danny Boyle film. Your life has more meaning.
The Ribat, used many years ago to scan the seas for hostile ships, is currently being used as a film set. We did not know this at the time and proceeded to take photos of the props. It was a bit like being in the Tate Modern gallery and getting the art confused with the building, taking photos of wall sockets.
Tunisian Exits and Entries
Doors and windows are fussed over a lot in Tunisia. Really beautiful to look at.
So there we have it 🙂
If you’re thinking of visiting Tunisia in the near future or ever, my recommendations to you are the following:
– take a taxi, anywhere.
– visit Hammamet and its’ medina
– choose your hotels wisely, but not too wisely (I like a place with character 🙂 )