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  • Day47

    29 unplanned days...

    March 11 in Tunisia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Today it became obvious.
    Traveling to Italy makes no sence at all.
    Not only due to the travel restrictions, but also our plan was to just cros the country and sail to Albania.
    And Albania has closed its border for travel from Italy.
    Game over.
    So. We rebooked our sail for the 9th of April.
    That means 29 days in Tunisia which were not planned.
    What are we going to do?
    Lieske still has a small problem with her prop shaft, so we need to spare her. A bit...
    ..
    Today Seif came to visit us in Tunis, and we just had a nice walk around. What else ? ;)
    We still did not visit Carthago.
    Maybe tomorrow?
    29 days left anyway.. ;)
    ..
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  • Day46

    Alea iacta est....

    March 10 in Tunisia ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Today we met Seif and his family in a town called Utica.
    Who knew it existed? .. might be the same as Koewacht. But with a small difference. Utica is one of the oldest Phoenician cities of North Africa.
    Koewacht does not even come near...
    But anyway, again it was the friend from a friend who told a friend that we were on our way through Tunisia. And so we landed on this piece of history.
    I am in doubt which I liked more. Seif and his family and the wonderful lunch his mom made for us...or the remains of the old city.
    I think I will choose the first. As the stones could not cook, speak and laugh!..
    ..
    After the lunch we took of to Tunis.
    The capital of Tunisia.
    I must say.. traffic was again an experience. Especially as Mr Google sent us into small streets with market stalls, and lots of people...
    ..
    But we made it to the hotel, what we had booked for our visa for Algeria.
    As the plan was, to leave the 12th to Salerno, Italy.
    But Italy is now on Lockdown..

    It looks like the boat will sail. But we are afraid we will not be on it.. As there ia a chance that we are not able to move from the harbour or have to stay in a hotel as long as the lockdown of Italy is effected.
    And even if we are allowed to travel, we might get stuck in Bari or Albania, because they want us to get in quarantine..
    So..
    ..
    We decided that we stay in Tunisia, and try to discover this country, which we did not intended to visit longer than 4 days..
    It might gone be now more than three weeks..
    ..
    Tomorrow we try to visit the Dutch Embassy and check what they know.
    But on this moment,
    ...
    It's decided.
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  • Day183

    La Goulette

    July 25 in Tunisia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    We payed our debt to the Tunisian government.
    And are now waiting to board the vessel "Splendid" who will take us from Africa to Europe. A sail of 32 hours.

    It's a short footprint as any minute now the embarking can start.

    So all the fear..
    ..
    It's just all about money.
    ..
    O
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  • Day183

    Its to hot to travel...

    July 25 in Tunisia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    We cleared our room.
    Put the luggage in Lieske on a disorganised way. Think we will have time enough to sort it out as we will be waiting for the gates of the port to be opened..
    Nervous as hell.
    Drinking another bottle of water and looking to find the courage to go.
    It's so hot outside, Lieske is an oven.
    We probably have to spent more than 6 hours waiting in the harbour before the tickets can be exchanged for boardigpasses .
    The most fear is for the customs. How will they react on our invalid "permit de conduire" and the double stamps in our passport.
    How high will the fine be we will have to pay before we are allowed to leave Africa.
    I guess it will be around 10hours from now...until we know.

    Take a deep breath..
    And enjoy the ride!
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  • Day182

    Musé Bardo

    July 24 in Tunisia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Today is yesterday.
    And we just woke up and had the famous breakfast @Le Calife ;)
    Took a taxi to the Bardo Museum to see the vast collection of Roman mosaic.
    One of the most important collections in the world.
    Also a moment of sadness for the 23 people killed during a terrorist attack in this Museum in 2015.
    We, as traveling archaeologist, ;) had seen a lot of these mosaics, but some of the ones on display were unbelievable beautiful detailed and big!
    We left the -a bit of a maze- Museum around 14.00.
    Popped in a local sandwichebar and had a lunch. Decided to try and walk back to the hotel, 4km.
    But as the sun was high in the sky and burning in our neck.. a taxi was the rescue.
    Back in the hotel we enjoyed the cooling fan of the AC and dozed away for a time.
    Got up to have a walk and a small bite.
    Bed was waiting, as for today..
    We're going to beard the lion in its den..
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  • Day46

    20 years together, but yet so far away.

    March 10 in Tunisia ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    You are in NYC, US of A,
    I am in Tunis. The capital of Tunisia.
    We married 20 years ago in Tampa, Florida.
    ..
    And I would do it again.
    Love you,
    Thank you,
    And mis you!

    XXX

  • Day398

    Tunisia Marina Gammarth

    May 18, 2018 in Tunisia ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    We have added another country to the list and both bought cheap fuel and left the EU, something a non EU flagged boat has to do every 18months. We had thought we might stop in Albania on our way to Greece but no need now and fuel is a third of EU prices almost on a par with Gib but not quite. We travelled 145Nm to get here, during the day it was flat calm but very boring the highlight was 10 mins with 3dolphins playing on the bow as we went along. During darkness there was more chop and swell and also a lot more traffic, during daylight hours we saw maybe 5 boats but overnight there seemed to be loads and they seemed intent on travelling straight at us we kept having to change the autopilot course. At the end of Johns first shift he stopped the boat I leapt out of bed, no crisis but a trawler was now affectively alongside after it kept zig zagging across our bows. The Marina is modern and isn’t very local but it is secure with 24hour security and the staff are very helpful most people seem to speak French as second language so we are getting on OK must just stop saying Si instead of Oui. That said clearance procedures took 2hours each department wanting copies of the same documents and us filling in 3 separate but very similar forms and saying where we are going including any other places in Tunisia so they can all be listed and both what day and time we are leaving the country, after that we needed a nap. Tomorrow we are taking a taxi to Carthage for some more ruins, not the best in the country but the closest and also visiting is the town of Sidi Bou Said but it’s Ramadan so not sure if cafes will be open hopefully there are enough tourists around to make staying open worthwhile.Read more

  • Day399

    Carthage

    May 19, 2018 in Tunisia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    OK so we saw lots of different archeological sites in Carthage the first and least impressive was the Roman amphitheater mostly because it was very much a ruin so difficult to imagine the true scale. From there we went to the Carthage Basra museum and grounds ,the museum was actually closed for refurbishment but that was OK as the write ups said it wasn’t very good anyway but in the grounds were Punic ruins of the old town early second century BC and the Old Cathedral. Next the St. Antonine Roman baths third largest in Roman world, they were impressive then the Roman villas where for those of us with little imagination they have rebuilt one. We also saw the Punic harbour and the Trophet (children’s cemetery sort off, but only for the first born of each family and they were apparently cremated after their throats were cut). Nearly done so off we went to the Roman theatre, which wasn’t very historic only a few old bits still exist but it has been rebuilt and is used for music festivals in the summer, and finally the cisterns/reservoirs, we didn’t have any info on them but they were impressive and must have stored a lot of water that was brought down from somewhere whose name starts with Z by aquaduct.Read more

  • Day399

    Tunis Bardo Museum

    May 19, 2018 in Tunisia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Hello a bit of catching up to do, so like I said the plan was Carthage and Sidi Bou Siad but in the end we were convinced by our taxi driver to go to the Bardo museum in Tunis, this did mean we got to see a bit of the capital and I am pleased we went the museum is apparently the second largest in Africa after Cairo and the mosaics were impressive though we couldn’t find an answer to the question that was puzzling us which is how on earth did they lift and move them? Anyway here are just 6 photos of the many I took at the museum of the mosaics and also the rooms themselves as if I remember correctly the museum is housed in a palace.Read more

  • Day4

    Tunis

    August 18, 2018 in Tunisia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    A two-day trip to Tunis.

    Nightime. The spirit of Tunisia has already conquered me. As my hosts suggest, I must take the best from my trip and I suggest Walid that we should go to Tunis for two days. It is Friday and on Monday we have to be home for the Eid, the Day of the Sacrifice, a sort of Easter of Arabic countries and for the arrival of Hanane, Walid's sister.
    With AirBnb we easily find an accomodation in the Medina and in the morning we leave. On the motorway dozen of vans carry dozen of sheep to Tunis for their last journey...
    The owner of the house, Mehdi, in his Bermuda shorts pulled up to his stomach is very kind and talkative, he suggests there is a plot in Europe against poor countries to avoid they can develop. I think it over from this unusual point of view.
    The house is a traditional Tunisian house with the rooms opening up into a cosy court with fantasy tiles and tourquoise doors.
    The rain is la threat to our plans to see the Medina, Carthage, the dreamlike places at the seaside like Sidi Bou Said. We decide to lead to the modern Tunis, instead.

    Avenue Bourguiba, named after the first President of independent Tunisia, is packed with people and tourists strolling on the pathways. This place was the location of many political protests included the deposition of integralist President Bel Ali in 2011.
    I feel home, expecially next to the charming theatre shining in a golden light of the sunset.
    Neverthless, the attraction by the Medina is too strong, so we enter the heart of the old city through the Bab (old Gate) through a unusually desert suk, up to the other political place in Tunis, Casbah Square. This is where the Jasmine revolution took place in 2011 and the democratization of Tunisia has started.
    Thank you people, never give up.
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