Tunesia, november 2004

Longing for some sun, I treated my girlfriend and myself to a week in Tunesia.

Swans on the bed More swans on the bed
A beautiful tradition: the bed was made up artistically. Imagine our surprise when we found our room like this. Of course, the chambermaids appreciate a tip for this.

Ramadan: the boulevard around sunset, eerily silent 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.

View of Sousse from the Lighthouse Lighthouse lamp Grande Mosque, Sousse
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.

And what's a holiday without snapshots? Here they are.
Driek on the beach Milena on the beach Driek on the terrace Milena on the pier
So what else to say but that we enjoyed it very much.