Decided to take a last minute break on January 6th and found a flight with Thomas Cook and a week in theTej for seven nights at an excellent price. Arrived at Manchester Terminal 1 at 3.30am and checked in. Thomas Cook are now very keen on baggage weight, both hold and hand luggage. Shared experiences with other travellers on how to circumvent the 5kg limit on hand luggage. The three most popular were 1, park in the multistorey, leave your hand luggage in the car, check in and then collect your hand luggage. 2. If you are flying with a friend buy your tickets separately and then when you come to check in, your friend waits with your hand luggage at a sensible distance away while you check in, and then he does the same while you keep his hand luggage. 3. Buy a coat/anorak/poachers jacket with large pockets and put any heavy items in the pockets. Of course I dont do any!
Entered the maze of the alcohol/perfume/tobacco duty free. If you have sat nav it helps to find your way through. Ear shattering pop music at 4 in the morning. Ridiculously high prices. Get me out of here!
Uneventful flight apart from a screaming child on the seat in front. Bought some gin and tobacco which was quite a bit cheaper than Manchester. Arrived Enfidha airport, fairly long walk to carousel.
Checked in at the Tej and had seven days of sunshine.Glorious. A large percentage of the clients were English O.A.P.s on long stay, low cost holidays. Many of them were continually moaning or complaining about one thing or another and at breakfast most of them had bags in which they put food for elevenses and lunches. The record for stolen oranges stands at 9!
There is an Irish lady in charge of customer relations and she deserves a medal for the way in which she dealt with complaints. The Hotel itself is pretty average and like most Hotels in Tunisia the star rating bears no relation to the what the Hotel offers. The Indoor swimming pool has been renovated and is now quite an attractive feature of the Hotel. I never approach a standing Taxi, preferring to hail one in the street. Standing taxis are generally looking for tourists to rip off. From the Tej to the Medina 2 dinars is a good price to pay for a taxi. Between 4 and 5 into Kantaoui. It is now 2 years since the revolution and we saw no problems in town. We spoke to several Tunisians who were very concerned about the rampant unemployment, also price increases in basic foodstuffs. (Milk was rationed in the supermarkets) The young people who with their technological expertise helped to oust the President have unwittingly opened the door to a new kind of dictatorship of islamic fundamentalists
Rooms overlooking the pool do not get the sun
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