Beach side morning and Sidi Bou Said

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Rob was nice and let me sleep a little late and enjoyed the time reading some more.  Late the previous evening some people had gotten a little loud and woke me up.  The made it a little difficult to sleep after that.  To our great surprise the hotel brought breakfast up to us.  Rob relaxed to his on the terrace while watching the waves and listening to the ocean.


When I got up, I was greeted by a gloriously bright sun and the blue waters of the Mediterranean lapping at the golden sand beach. What a way to be greeted.


Once we were finally up and on the road the actual trip to Sidi Bou Said was fairly easy.

  We got on the nice motorway and followed the signs.  Once we got close it was a little tricky, but we made it.  Driving into town it was a challenge to find parking but we were able to do so on the main street.  We stopped at the AMEN bank to get some cash and were off.


The beautiful white and blue buildings were enchanting. The basic style is very square architecture pained white with blue doors and shutters.  It feels very Mediterranean.  After a quick stop at a post box we head into a garden area that has signs indicating tourist walk.  As we make our way up we pass a camera crew filming and many people sitting on benches in the shade relaxing.  Once we reach the top we are rewarded with the streets of tourist shops.  They are a mix of the standard inexpensive items of pottery, dolls, olive wood items, and other things.  Other shops are galleries with some wonderful pieces of art.


We make out way higher begin to see the marina and Gulf of Tunis below.  There is one place where the path and stairs lead you down to the waterfront.  We started the walk down not knowing how far it was.  The sun was high in the sky and heat was blazing.  We picked our way down with the sun pounding down on us.  At the bottom we expected to find restaurants and cute shops, but it was a very basic area with services for the marina and that’s about it.  We walked around and then decided to head back to the top to eat.  With a drink in hand, we start the climb back up.  As we get farther and farther up the sweat trickles down our back and the heat seems to be increasing.


Once we are at the top we waded back through the busy street of shops with owners trying to entice us to look at their wares.  We are hungry so we are focused on finding a restaurant.  Once we are at the bottom of the hill we find a pizza place and order food.  We waited a bit and the pizza boy called us up and there was a salmon pizza sitting there.  He has misunderstood the order made not only the salmon one, but also a tuna one.  After Rob made him understand the guy was not happy and didn’t want to make the four cheese pizza we had ordered.  So we left and noticed a place next door.


When we entered the place it was lovely and cool.  A lovely lady waits on us and is very nice.  We have a tasty lunch and cool down some. This was a much better choice.

jart2b says:
wow! beautiful blues..............
Posted on: Jun 14, 2010
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