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... Tony's room for our post-1600 lunch: cheese, old chocolate chip cookies from Algeria and water; did the trick. Back up to start the journal.
The trip guide, Nbool [phonetic spelling] called at 1730 to advise of a delay to 1830 for the meeting. Took a shower with a full and proper shower curtain and lots of hot water.
Down to the lobby to see Omar. Can't believe he flew Algiers to Paris to Tunis just because of any stupid Air France requirements. ...
... they brought out lemon sorbet with grapes and pomegranate seeds dotting the top of the sorbet. A first rate lunch!
Now it was time to visit Carthage. Carthage was built on Bursa Hill overlooking the Mediterranean. Carthage was founded by the Phoenicians (who were from Lebanon, which I did NOT get to visit) in 814 BC. The Romans ultimately defeated the Carthagenians in the second century BC. The Romans raized Carthage after its defeat, but rebuilt it in 44 BC. At ...
... We lasted in our rolling seats for about an hour, until discomfort and fatigue drove Lyndsay to find, and pay our last Euros for, a cabin!
Fortunately the restaurant accepted credit cards so we had a nice lunch and procured wine for the cabin, then slept for a fair part of the nine-hour trip.
On arriving in Tunis at the port we discovered we needed visas! Off to the police office, where very friendly ...
... both of these might be viable options for someone wanting to visit Tunisia in relative tranquility but I can't see how an independent traveler would enjoy their days given the endless hassles and hostilities that seem to qualify as Tunisian hospitality. After a year and a half of travel, one stinker isn't bad and with London on the horizon along with unlimited licorice all-sorts, shortbread cookies, fish and chips, and Cadbury chocolate, we know its going to be great.
Pulling into Tunis
We pull into the Gare de Tunis or Tunis Central Station just before 11:00 am. Disembarking from the air conditioned carriages we can feel the heat on the platform - it's going to be hot walking around today. The concourse is crowded - a mix of tourists, commuters and long distance travellers - since it serves as one of the main hubs for the country's railway system.
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