August 25, 2006

Sidi bou Said: A charming town

Ever since I arrived in Tunis, my local colleague kept on asking me to visit Sidi Bou Said. Somehow, I did not want to go to a place where one has only one street to see with all houses in blue & white.

Towards the end of my stay, I was somehow convinced and then one afternoon, I decided to go and see this place, where, I was informed everyone longs to come back.

Once there, I felt trapped.

Yes!

Its was nothing less than a trap.

No matter who is walking on the street, who is making loud noises, this blue and white charming town traps you in a trance. Essentially one main road, a street which ends in beautifully located cafes which offers excellent view of the Gulf of Tunis and the port.

While you take a walk, you come across many by lanes, gates and coutyards.

The houses and buildings are beautifully kept, with whitewashed walls and blue colored doors and windows with intricate metalwork. On the street there are cafes, vendors selling handicrafts or sweets.

After a walk in the street and a visit to Dar El Annabi, I relaxed in one of the cafe looking at the beautiful view of gulf of Tunis, while the sun was setting.

Amazingly this is a living village and I have read that people who are here, do not want to go out of this little village.

A colleague of mine told me that its known as an artist's paradise.
The town is worth the title.



Sidi Bou Said: An offshoot from the street. You will come across many such streets off the main street.


Sidi Bou Said: A view on the street.


Sidi Bou Said: A view of a building from the corner. The white and blue are to be seen everywhere in every house in the town.


Sidi Bou Said: An art shop which sold beautiful paintings. Could not talk with the lady inside. I did not speak her language.


Sidi Bou Said: A cafe on the street


Sidi Bou Said: A view of the street


Sidi Bou Said: The shops selling handicrafts and the traditional stuff. The shops are meant for tourists, primarily, therefore prices quoted are high


Sidi Bou Said: A beautiful main door of a house.


Sidi Bou Said: This is the street which takes you back in time, sometimes.


Sidi Bou Said: A cafe at the end of the street. This offers a beautiful view of the sea, the port and the beach. Don't forget to taste the herbal tea in the cafe.


Sidi Bou Said: A view of Gulf of Tunis from the cafe

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