1 September 2010
01.09.2010 73 °F
An early morning put us in the La Goulette, the suburb of Tunis which is the capital of Tunisia in North Africa. The first stop was just for photos at the Punic Ports where 200 ships were able to come in at one time.
Next we hit the ancient city of Carthage which is a world heritage site.
Most of what is left is part of the Roman Baths since the resources were taken to build things like a fort when the city was overtaken. The Roman Baths had a basement with 2 levels of baths. The floors and water was heated by stoves in the basement. Currently that is all that is left to see.
A 40 minute bus drive took us to the Arabic Medina (or city) where we went to the Souk. This was not quite the experience I was envisioning.
It had an indoor feeling with small shops – not as much of a market as I thought. Because we were on a tour we were taken to the place where they get a cut of the profits.
We were shown some carpets and Curt and I thought about it but they were just too expensive. They started with a 900 euro runner. They chased us around the store and were down to 400 euro but we were thinking more like 50 euro. Somehow 10 percent of the GDP of Tunisia is from Burbur handicrafts like carpets and jewelry. I don’t know how because the jewelry looked cheap and the carpets were very expensive.
More interesting was a visit to a perfume shop. Tunisia produces a lot of the bases for perfumes including Chanel No. 5. They had tons of cute little bottles and we got a tiny bottle of jasmine. We took about one step into the residential area of the medina but that was it. Our “free time” amounted to 15 minutes in which 10 of it had to be spent walking to the pick up location for the bus. By this time we were tired of the people begging us to buy something so it was okay anyway.
Need I say that the afternoon was spent by the pool until dinner? Tonight was the Captains Dinner which was to be black tie. I think about 4 guys wore a tux and more women dressed up but it was clearly just a suggestion. The food was basically the same and other than the name it wasn’t any different. I had a good time dressing up though.