What you find when your plan doesn't pan out......
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May 28th, 2010 – by: delsol67
We took a different path into the medina and through the real people’s area. Going by many spice shops and through the huge food market was wonderful. Rob’s eyes were just shining at all the cooking possibilities. In the market the mountains of fresh fruits, vegetables, and olives were like works of art surrounding us.
Rob was trying his best, but didn’t really know where we were at. At one point he noticed a sign for a museum, the Dar Bach-Hamba known as Casa Sicilia. It is a wonderful example of Tunisian architecture with interesting and diverse collections of costumes from different countries, textiles, puppets, pottery, and when we visited a special collection of art featuring Sicily from Italian artist. We wondered from room to room enthralled by the everything. Rob especially loved the puppets.
When were out in the courtyard a man on the roof called down to Rob.
Once we were back out in the medina Rob went on instinct again and pushed forward. After a number of twists and turns we stumbled upon the Dar Othman. Othman Dey, who ruled from 1598 to 1610, built this magnificent palace. It became a barracks warehouse in the 19th century and then the house of the Tunis Bey's Prime Minister. This building is now listed as a historical monument and distinguishes itself by its Hafsid-style façade and its huge white and black marble entrance door.
Back out in the medina Rob now was able to determine exactly where we were. He guided us to the Grand Mosque and we wondered around for a while. I was thirsty and we finally found a Coke Light. It was amazing how difficult that was to do. We also tried some of the sweets being sold by vendors.
While we were trying to find the 3 Medersas complex we wondered into the Place Du-Government. It is a huge open airy square with a park area in the middle. People were sitting out and enjoying the sun and relaxing. The prime minister’s offices are located here in a former royal guest house. Across the esplanade we found the imposing government headquarters.
We took the opportunity to look at houses on the Internet and enjoy the air conditioning. For dinner I decided to just eat what we had left form the supermarket. Rob really wanted to try some local food so he went for a fish dinner. He had a nice dinner out and came back.
We turned in early as we had an early flight. What nice way to end our Tunisian adventure.
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