Tunisia: From Doors to Shopping and much more

One of the reasons we chose this specific Mediterranean cruise that we took was that it included Tunisia in its itinerary. Aside from its rich history and culture, we were drawn to the thought that we would actually be stepping on African soil. This was in 2013, before the 2015 attack and before Tunisia was taken off the destination lists of most, if not all, cruise liners.

I wish I had taken notes from the bus tour that we took then – our tour guide was a vessel of endless facts and dates that now seem like a blur to me. But at least I have pictures of Tunisia; and, although I wish I had taken more and better photos, I’m glad I can somehow share memories of a very beautiful city.

Our starting point: Tunisia’s port of La Goulette.

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I remember our tour guide saying that properties along the shores of Tunisia are outrageously expensive, and many villas are owned by the rich and famous of the world.

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Tunisia’s doors are quite remarkable, each a unique expression of art and character. Each with its own meaning and history.

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Tunisia’s village of Sidi Bou Said is famous for its beautiful blue and white buildings.

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Shopping in Tunisia requires essential bargaining skills. I made the mistake of asking the price of some costume earrings, and from a pricey 25 Euros, the seller never left my side even as I hopped from one booth to another. By the time I was ready to get back to my tour bus, the price was down to 1.50 euros, I was so irritated I wouldn’t have taken it if he offered it for free.

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Perfume testing is part and parcel of a tour of Tunisia.

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Tunisia is famous for its its finely woven carpets and tapestries, reflecting a long history of weaving as part of its tradition.

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One of the souvenirs we took home is this Tunisian Desert Rose Crystal, formed through precipitation in the sandy deserts, combined with dry and windy conditions. 

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Of course, one cannot ignore the mosques that have become landmarks spread across Tunisia. These towers command respect and draw awe from visitors like me.

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We went back to the port of La Goulette to a festive atmosphere, complete with live ethnic music that is unmistakably Tunisian with dancing to boot!