Just back from a wonderful week in Tunisia. Hotel, staff, cleanliness etc all first class. Some parts of the hotel are a little tired but still very clean. Had a fab rooom with views of the pool and sea. There is a new hotel being built in front but it is low rise and we heard very little in the way of noise. There is a wide choice of food, all hot and fresh, including vegetarian. The desserts are the same every night but good choice and lovely. If you want ice cream just ask. THe only gripe we had was there was no fresh fruit apart from huge oranges.
There was a wide age range during our week, a few children but there really is not a lot for them to do. Every one else was very friendly and we met some lovely people.
The medina is a great experience and a must but Do haggle, it's all part of the experience; expect to pay about a third of what they ask, watch your bag and just as long as you are sensible it is great fun but do not go at night. We got the noddy train which runs if and when but is ideal and only about 2 dinar each way.
Pot el Kantoui is beautiful, quiet and worth spending a morning walking around. Get a tuk tuk back if you feel brave but beware it can be a bit hair raising.
The 2 day sahara trip is a must. It is exhausting but worth every penny. Total drive is about 900 miles but you see El Djem where Gladiator was made, Matmata to see the Berber homes then on to Douz for the camel trip into the Sahara. This lasts about an hour with a stop in the middle and is amazing. Spend the night in Douz (good hotel) and on the way back to Sousse you go through the salt plains which are amazing and really eirie. Then you join the 4x4s for a drive into the Atlas mountains, see Tamerza where they filmed the English Patient; transfer to horse and cart for a visit to a small plantation (boring) and Kairouan for the 4th largest mosque.
We also did the African Dream which includes a visit to the zoo in Friguia. THe zoo is a bit naff but the african show was lovely with a really good atmosphere.
We finished off our holiday with a full body massage and manicure in the hotel which was a lovely way end our trip.
Did not want to come home. Had a fab trip. We are two 50ish blonde ladies and at no time did we feel threatened or unsafe although had we been even just a tiny bit gullible we could have acquired several toy boys!!!! Apparantly I am worth 20,000 camels!! As long as you remember that you are going to a very poor country, respect their culture and ways it is a great experience. If you want a lager lout holiday with McDonalds then go to Benidorm.
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