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Friday 22nd August
Hello from Tunis (Tunisia Africa)
Well almost hello from Africa, at 7.00am we had notice over the ship intercom advising that we had been notified by the Holland Amercia Line that due to the current circumstances in northern Africa, the ship would not be docking so we will ...
... about eight calls. The best of the views was a donkey pulling a load of carrots to market.
We had to pass through several small hamlets plus Nabeul [where we turned left/north] and Kelibia. It was a constant weaving, one free lane somehow squeezing out a second lane.
Anybody know about the quality of Tunisian carpets? Tony and I will have to find out in the course of the trip. I don't mind a primer per country.
A nice stretch of ...
... The Bardo Museum.
- - Ugly greens, reds, blues, and yellows decorated domed ceilings. The flame-shaped openings that usually topped Islamic doors of enlightenment appeared atop Doric pillars.
- - A mosque-like room had a delicate, bone-white material coverings its walls and dome with 3D designs of circles, protons, onion tops. A pure turquoise chandelier hung in the center.
- - On the museum's top floor, a ring of arches ...
... that as we were driving, the smell of burning wood was in the air everywhere. As if on cue, Hassan advised me that the smoke in the air was from the locals burning olive wood and turning in to charcoal to sell for the Big Feast. Geez … the build up to this event was actually Christmas like.
Anyway, with that explanation, I settled in for the long ride back to the hotel. I needed to get some sleep as we were off at 7:00 a.m. to the Muslim world's third holiest city: Kairouan.
... 1987, until he was forced to step down and flee the country on 14 January 2011.
Everybody speaks french here so it's been really easy getting around and making myself understood, However, the Quebec accent does give them problems somewhat as does their accent Also tons of French influence in the food...that's a very good thing indeed.
Ciao for now!