The way to the airport, a concert, and mosquitoes!!!

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 Our next challenge is to get to the airport to return the car.  Rob makes a turn that he thinks is correct and we drive for a bit.  After double checking the map we turn around and head back.  We make another turn but don’t see signs, but I was confident we had done the correct thing.  We encounter road work and Rob was worrying.  Finally we see a sign and Rob has to cut across three lanes of traffic to make the turn but luckily manages to do so safely.  We are on the right track now.


Once we arrive at the airport we go around until we reach the arrival area.  We have not seen signs for rental car returns so Rob parks and I go inside.  An agent from the rental car company comes out with me.

  It turns out the return location was right around the corner.  We drag our bags to a taxi and are off to the hotel.  The drive in is uneventful and we find the hotel is very well situated close to the French embassy.


After getting settled we head out for a walk.  We are tired so the plan is to go to a Monoprix and get some drinks and food and have an early evening.  We walk over to the Avenue Bourguisa to see the Cathedral of St Vincent de Paul before going to the store. The Bourguisa is a wide tree lined boulevard which is the main street of the Tunis.  It reminded Rob of Las Rambles in Barcelona.  At one end is Bab el-Bahr a gate that marks the symbolic boarder between the old quarter of Tunis and the Ville Nouvelle build by the French during the colonial era.

  At the other end is the Place 7 Novembre with its distinctive tower clock and a fountain.  Along the avenue is the cathedral, the classic Art Nouveau Theatre Municipal and other wonderful buildings. 


As we walked towards the Place 7 Novembre we crossed through a free concernt in the center.  It was surprising to hear a heavy rock beat to the music.  We moved on and got our pictures.  Getting a little tired we headed back to the store and bought our drinks and dinner.  Rob was thrilled to find the large bins of spices and beans. Food in hand we headed back to the room.


The room was so hot and the windows being open didn’t offer much relief.  Rob asked about the air conditioning.

  It turns out they will not turn it on until June 1 (just 5 days).  With the windows wide open and evening drawing out the mosquitoes arrive and attack Rob.  For some reason they really love him.  When the bite get really bad he goes down to ask again about the AC.  The desk person has changed and this guy said he would speak to the manager, but for the evening he can not offer any air conditioning as the technician has to come in to check it.  He sent someone up with Rob to spray bug repellent in the room.  It helps some and we manage to make it through the night.  Rob is still attacked and ends up with his shoulders and arms covered in bites.

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