Longing for some sun, I treated my girlfriend and myself to a week in Tunesia.
We hadn't realised it would be ramadan during our break, and since we were not staying in a resort
but near the heart of the city, we were in the middle. Sousse was bustling during the daytime, but only
tourists were sitting down for a drink. And around sunset, everything came to a standstill.
No traffic. No cars. Everything closed. Even the street vendors sitting down, gathering together
on blankets. The big three-lane boulevard along the city beach absolutely quiet.
Then, at sunset, calls for prayer from the minarets.
We can recommend climbing the tower of the lighthouse. The lighthouse keeper makes a bit of extra money by guiding visitors around, and why not? It's not official; no sign on the door, tourist information only talks about the view from the ribat tower, but the view from the lighthouse over the medina is simply stunning. The entrance is a small door to the south of the entrance to the city museum, which is definately worth a visit also for the roman mosaics.
The view is more impressive than a photo at the height of day can capture. Note the strength of the noon light, even in november.
The lighthouse keeper is a nice man, and he's very intent on giving visitors value for money; I guess his extra income would come to a halt if someone would complain about it and officials would be involved... So he overloads you with information in a very formal, archaic German or English. You also get to see the machinery. Built in Paris in 1888, nowadays with a halogen lamp, but the petroleum lamp is still in place to take over if the electricity fails. Which occurs more often than it should, the man said, a little sad.