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“Beautiful, but not much” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Palace Dar Nejma Ezzahra

Palace Dar Nejma Ezzahra
rue du 2 mars 1934, Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
00 216 71 74 01 02
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: The home of Baron Rodolphe d'Erlanger, who was responsible for the blue and white color scheme of the town.
Boston, Massachusetts
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“Beautiful, but not much”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013 via mobile

I took a day trip from Tunis out here, and while it was definitely beautiful, there wasn't a whole lot to do. First of all, the TGM station is under renovation, so you have to switch to a bus (conveniently provided) at Carthage Présidence. That wasn't that bad though. I wandered around and shopped a little bit, but the prices were relatively high. But I encourage you to go off the main path--the tour groups usually only stop long enough for a quick photo stop, but even one block off the main road affords stunningly beautiful views.

Visited May 2013
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“Preserved town in Tunisia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Picturesque town in the Hammamet region of Tunisia. Very well kept white houses with blue windows and doors. A stark contrast to other parts of Tunisia. Worth a visit if only for an hour, and to take photos. Definitely visit the house belonging to the Elder of the town - incredibly beautiful.

Visited April 2013
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“is this a bit of a tourist trip ?..you bet it is ! do we care ? nahhh !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

well a long long time ago the chamber of trade in Sidi Bou Said had a trade mission to Santorini and when they got back they all decided to paint their houses and shops blue and white and people came from far and wide to admire effect... OK it may be a little contrived but isn't it pretty and doesn't it feel nice to sit here in a pleasant cafe admiring the view ? Yessiree it sure does !. After all it's not as contrived as the model village in Bourton on the Water .. a strange example so lets get back to Tunisia sharpish before that thought turns into a "digression" If Enid Blyton had been asked by the Tunisian Tourist Board to set a Famous Five story in this lovely country she would have made a beeline for Sidi Bou Said and she knew how to pick 'em. Its a charming place which must be Hell in High Season but in March on a sunny day with the hard knots of Orange blossom on the streetside trees just opening and spilling out their sweet perfume as the bay of Tunis sprawls out far below it was a pleasure to experience ..would we go back ..not sure ,but then thinking about it and looking out of the window of my Emporium at the snow...YES !

Visited March 2013
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“Perfect Painted Picture.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Lovely street, whitewashed houses and painted blue doors. places to eat and shop! Good photo opportunity as they say, but that's about all.

The traders in this street are wise in the art of sales, and caution for the tourist who is asked what price they think an article is worth! ( Never fall into this trap,-let them set the price and you say too dear until you are happy to buy).

A very high tourist traffic area, have a look, take photos, and only buy if you must!
Most organised tours of Tunis wind up here at some time in their itinerary.

Visited March 2013
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Crewe, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful Preserved Andulcian Village and Museum.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

The houses in this Village are all Blue and white; but considering the last 1 to sell--9 years ago cost £3.6 million pounds--some of the houses are in need of some maintenance and tlc!!
The site is very steep and the museum has numerous steps--very difficult for the disabled--I know I'm one!!
Even if you are on an organised tour with entrance prepaid, you will still be charged 1dinar for each camera--bit of a rip off--our rep had not told us about this!!
The shopkeepers here are very pushy and the stuff very expensive--even when you haggle. Top tip don't buy anything here--much cheeper at Nabeul Market!
The museum was great--if difficult to negociate.
The collection of Tunisian wedding dresses from different regions was fascinating. They weigh about 15kg and cost in excees of 19,000 dinar. I don't know how the bride manages to stand up in one--in all that heat!!
The view from the top of the Tower is magnificent, but it is up steep, narrow, twisty stairs--with no handrail!!.
The museum is furnished as a traditional Tunisian House--very interesting.
We had mint tea in the courtyard--an acquired taste--I think!!
I would have loved to go down to the beach and harbour--but we just didn't have enough time.
iSidi bou Said, is certainly worth visiting , but hard work if you are disabled!

Visited January 2013
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