TRAVEL | SIDI BOU SAID - CAFE DES DELICES

19.3.14


In my previous post, I`ve already mentioned this must-see place in Sidi Bou Said Café des DélicesIt´s a café with the most beautiful view of the country (together with restaurant La Falaise, which is located next to Sidi Bou Said).´
I am wearing:

Dress: Cortefiel
Jacket: Maje
BootsTommy Hilfiger
Bag: Mulberry
Sunglasses: Ray Ban 


Pema

TRAVEL | SIDI BOU SAID

15.3.14


ALL IAMGES ARE COURTESY OF EDILOVA.COM


"Colour has taken possession of me, no longer do I have to chase after it, I know that it has hold me for ever." 
 – Paul Klee about Sidi Bou Said, April 1914

It's impossible not to fall in love with this place. 

Everywhere you look in this village, you'll see its signature colours – dazzling white walls and staircases, with everything else in shades of vivid blue. Doors are a special feature of the village; ancient, huge and heavy, they're studded with traditional motifs.

Greatest thing about Sidi Bou Said is this concept of old houses almost falling apart, but still beautiful.  It´s one of those special places that have that sense of timeless tranquility, even with so many loud people littering the streets. In Sidi Bou Said culture is everywhere... Try to visit: 


  • Ennejma Ezzahra palace (Center of Arab and Mediterranean music) 
  • Dar El Annabi (a typical residence of Sidi Bou Said) 
  • Palais du Baron d'Erlanger 
  • Kahoua El Alia (Café) 
  • Café Sidi Chabaane 
  • Café des Délices   
  • Souk
Pema

TRAVEL | TUNIS MEDINA - TERRACE ED-DAR

11.3.14


See the next to last picture? It's Mr. Chammakhi holding his ' Notebook of Love '.  He collects the word LOVE in different languages and accents. BEZAM - Chechen word for love - is a beautiful addition to Mr. Ali's collection. 
Love ' was the perfect topic to talk about on the rooftop of Ed-Dar. The Sun, Adhan (call to prayer), mint tea and chilly wind made our conversation even more perfect.
Beatles were right, all you really need is love. Wish you all to find yours.

I'm wearing:

Dress: BCBG Max Azria
Sunglasses: Dior Homme

Pema


TRAVEL | TUNIS MEDINA - RESTAURANT DAR BELHADJ

10.3.14


Because I'm someone who loves to take time and have conversations with ALL the sales people at the market, I've lost an entire day in the old town of Tunis, without even seeing 10% of it.

Souks you should definitely visit are those of jewellery and perfumes. A great place to lunch, brunch or dine is this beautiful palace DAR BELHADJ - a first class restaurant, in a typically Tunisian setting, right in the middle of Medina. It's a restaurant in the day and resto-lounge with live-music in the evening. Our butler was kind enough to show us the whole palace... Very enchanting, indeed.

17, Rue des Tamis, La Medina, Tunis


Pema


TRAVEL | TUNIS MEDINA - CHECHIAS WORKSHOP

9.3.14


In this small workshop in a narrow alleyway of the Medina, the old town of Tunis, makers of chechias rub red felt with a large metal brush until it is covered in small flecks of red wool. Chechia is a traditional round felt hat that is worn, mostly by old men, in the winter 

These men are two of 90% of craftsmen in a street full of hatmakers who have inherited the business from their forefathers.Most workshops are located near the heart of the labyrinthine old city near the Al Zitouna mosque, one of the most revered and largest places of worship Tunis. 


Pema 

TRAVEL | TUNIS MEDINA - VISIT TO MAISON ED-DAR

8.3.14


I like to play tourist from time to time, but I'm a treasure hunter at heart and therefore my sightseeings start at Souks and markets.

Within the ancient, crumbling collection of boutiques, workshops, palaces, houses and mosques, visitors to the Tunis Medina, both locals and tourists, come mainly to shop for jewellery, perfumes, carpets, spices,  fabrics and other luxury goods. There's also loads of everyday things such as clothes, shoes, sweets, dried fruit, kitchenware and tourist souvenirs. 

My favorite thing about visiting Medina is getting completely lost, something which is all part of the pleasure of the ancient city. In places like this, I can endlessly wander, admire surroundings and totally forget about time. 

Thanks to my boundless curiousity I bumped into this art atelier / museum / antique shop / 15th Century Maison called ED-DAR. Monsieur Ali Chammakhi demonstrated us his entire house, revealing the lifestyle of his ancestors. What a lucky man he is to have such a tresure in the very heart of the Tunis Medina.  

Being deeply impressed by the visit to Ed-Dar, I couldn't stop thinking about my home country Chechnya. The smell at Ed-Dar reminded me of my grandmother's storehouse - she was a successful marchant and had houses full of jewellery, fabrics, carpets etc. Smell is something very mysterious and attracting to me - just like music, it can revive memories and take you back in time. All the beauty that has ever existed in my home country is buried in ashes a long time ago, but thank you God for places like Ed-Dar, where every m² is soaked in history.

Enjoy the pictures.
8, Rue Sidi Ben Arous, La Medina, Tunis 

Pema