Ex chat tunisia
On to Tozeur across the Chott El Jerid, the great saline tray whose brown crusted surface, dotted with dirty piles of salt and tiny domed shrines, conceals a shallow layer of water.In the roadside hut cafe, the shopkeeper rose from his bed to pour a coffee from a vacuum flask and negotiate the purchase of a dead scorpion in a crudely carved frame.A palm rat slipped behind a boulder, frogs croaked in the reeds of a rock pool, back at the car park a boy snoozed by the espresso machine.Later I heard haunting choral singing emanating from a tent under the palms of a central square.The palmeraie is still enchanting: sheep grazing under the lovely arched canopy of the tall date palms, a sinuous dirt lane, bordered by terracotta walls, the low mud irrigation dikes that distribute the communal water.There are still horse-drawn carts used and new but non-intrusive additions, including a hotel consisting of wooden chalets on stilts.The scheduled flight options from the UK are Tunisair (020-7734 7644; tunisair.com) from Heathrow and British Airways (08; ba.com) from Gatwick.Staying there Mouradi Hotel, Douz (00 216 75 47 03 03; elmouradi.com). Ksar Rouge Hotel, Tozeur (00 216 76 454 933; ksar-rouge.com/en). Golden Tulip Carthage, La Marsa (00 216 71 913000; goldentulipcarthagetunis.com).
Days after a curfew was imposed in the capital Tunis amid continuing conflagrations, President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali left the country.Next door is an impressive private date museum, café and production facility called Eden Palm, run by the Chokmani family, whose patriarch is an unstoppable date encyclopaedia.