Blue and white city at the sea
Sidi Bou Said Travel Blog› entry 4 of 20 › view all entries
From Carthage I leave to another suburb of Tunis - the small seaside village of Sidi Bou Said. It is small village which is easily walkable. The houses are all with whitewashed walls and blue doors. Originally everybody just built their houses like this but today it is regulated so you are not allowed to paint your house in the village in any other color than white. The white colors where probably used originally because it was the best color in an environment with lots and lots of sun in the summer and high temperatures. Before the arrival of air-condition you needed all the tricks you had to keep the indoor temperature as low as possible and white just take up heat to a lesser degree than darker colors.
Walking around the streets of the village you can’t help but notice the nice ironwork in front of all the windows in the houses. It is quite an impressive work. If you want a change from looking at the houses you can just glance the other way and have a look out over the sea and towards a small peninsular a bit south of Tunis city.
The city is really nice but it is a small place - hence after a short time I got a feeling I have wonder every road in the city - well except for this one road which did not really seem like something I would like to walk - you probably needed a four wheel drive if you would have any hope of driving through the thick mud on the road. I think the look of the road ahead is a sign it is time to leave the village and go back to the main city of Tunis.