Hotel Belvedere Fourati
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... stalls and explained how the big perfume company Chanel use the Tunis flowers to make their popular scents such as Allure and No. 5. We learnt how Chanel tried to buy Tunisian land to grow the flowers and make their perfume. The government would not allow Chanel to buy land and stipulated they must buy all their flowers from the local farmers. The essence is produced here and then shipped to France for the perfume to be made. Chanel gives the locals 20% ...
... a big over 4 TD, or about $3 Cdn.
Back to the room after 1800. The wifi was uncooperative until I headed to the lobby. One gal came down for a bit of computer time. Omar yapped at the hotel reception desk for well over an hour. Robert joined for a long stint.
By 2030 I was ready to upload the journal, still needing to download/upload the pix. No Champions League coverage on the tube; grr. Finished things up and beauty sleep shortly after 2200.
Today I woke up at 6:00am which is really early for me because I am in the school holiday so we could be ready for a tour of Tunis which started at 7:45am. This tour took us to the Bardo Museum which is a museum of mosaics, ceramics, and sculptures. I learn't today that the mosaics represented a scene or a time which was very interesting. We had a tour guide who took us to the important places and ...
... from what I have seen in other middle eastern countries. And the vendors were very friendly giving me grapes and whatnot to try from their stands. (I made sure to wash the grapes before I tried them and they were very tasty.)
After we wandered around the market, we moved on to the Medina (the original old quarter of Tunis). Unfortunately, the wall that usually surrounds the Medina was no longer standing and all that was left was a few remnants in places and a ...
... the currency of Tunisia. But merchants are more than happy to receive and exchange with your American Credit Card, American Euro, American Sterling...any money that Americans are carrying are welcome in Tunis. The guide took us to his store and discouraged us from buying from the other stores. The bargaining leverage is really advantageous if you know how to bargain. A bag can go from e250 to e50 or e75. A lot of the goods are done by master artists such as rugs, ceramic ...