The first stop on our cruise itinerary was Tunis the capital of Tunisia.
We arrived @ La Goulette the port area and was greeted by a rather modern yet traditional looking port area (still under construction though) -- so it looked kind of artificial ;p goes to show that the cruise tourists are of growing importance to this country.
we joined a half day city tour (which included shopping) and as we made our way through the streets of Tunis, i can't help but be amazed by the new fleet of taxis and there are just so many of them! i am not sure what's the standard of living here.....
Our first stop was the Medina the old town centre. It's a labyrinth of alleys, covered walkways and i am quite sure getting lost inside it was half the fun!!! but alas, we have a trusted guide who knows his way around and we simply followed ;)
the shops we brought to, were simply out to suck tourist $$$. gosh. if prices were a little more reasonable, i may have bought something! but i actually left the medina empty handed.
i enjoyed the little session on carpets -- although i know at the end of the day it's a "sale tactic" -- but yet it's quite fun -- gaining abit of knowledge about how to recognise handmade carpets and also being able to touch and feel the different quality of carpets.
Next, we headed to a town called Sidi Bou Said. It's known for it's blue and white houses.
And after that, it's time to return to the ship. whereby we were greeting by camels!! hahaha, so touristy!! but i like! kaira gets to see the real life camels up close although she was abit "afraid" of them.