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Café des Delices: Sensing Tunisia and its tragedy

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The most popular café of Tunisia, Café des Delices, is situated in a picturesque village outside of Tunis at the coast. The beauty of the place is not only about the cafe itself, but the entire setting and feeling of the area. We were sitting there, overlooking the ocean with the smell of a Jasmin flower in our nose, which someone had given to us and the taste of warm mint tea with pine nuts in our mouth. Relaxing. Grounding. Free.

The village is called Sidi Bou Said and is famous for its beautiful white houses with blue front doors and windows decorated with colorful flowers. It feels as though you were walking through a painting.

There is one famous song about this cafe, expressing the beauty and melancholy of this place. Whenever I listen to it, it pulls me back into the feeling of sitting in this cafe, with a breeze of fresh air in my hair and the warming sun on my skin.

After the attacks a couple of weeks ago, I was hesitating to write this post as there is a new sadness to this song whenever I listen to it. I decided however, that we have to remember what happened, that the people who tragically died on the beach in Sousse were not unmindful, when they decided to spend their vacation in Tunisia.

We all have to realize, that the world has changed and that brutal and crazy attacks can hit us anywhere in the world. Sure, we have to be cautious, but we may never become afraid of discovering new places to truly understand the people of a country.

Let’s rather become aware that every new day is a gift to be thankful for and make the most out of.

Enjoy listening to the song by clicking the below video.

 

Terrace overlooking the ocean

Luxury Escape: Design Villa Dar el Bhar – a lifetime time out

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I am still overwhelmed that I had the opportunity to experience this place through friends of mine. It still feels unreal and I returned back to work more relaxed than ever before although I was only away for 10 days. During my entire stay, I could not believe I am truly experiencing Villa Dar El Bhar. A place full of beauty and tranquillity. The house is situated in a famous tourist area 60 km south east of the capital Tunis, called Hammamet. It is not for no reason, that this place is designed with perfection as the owner is a Spanish designer.

The villa is built at the seaside in the ancient city within the famous medina (market). So just a step out of the house you will be in the midst of Tunisian life with lots of offers for local crafts and food. There are countless areas in the villa to relax and simply enjoy yourself. The view towards the endless horizon will open your soul. Whether you are lying on the upper terrace in the shade or in the sun, in the living room with the huge windows opening up to the turquoise ocean – you feel the breeze and ease of pureness. The privileged and panoramic view to the bay, dome, fort and the lighthouse make it hard to leave the house.

The tiny beautiful pool is the best refreshment. You will hear the waves of the ocean below you and feel the sun tanning your skin. It will wash away any stress of the past. Bring some great music and install your own chill out place.

Not only is this an extraordinary place, it is also exceptional people managing it. The villa comes with a full service staff, who will take care of all your meals as well as the cleaning. Whatever you might need – it will be taken care of in the most charming and considerate manner. Whatever we wanted to eat, we would buy in the market and lovely Ines and Anis would create a delicious Tunisian meal out of it.

The house has three bedrooms with twin beds. Two are of normal size for those who love each other 🙂 and there is one in the first floor, which you have probably never seen in your life. A huge bed and a marble jacuzzi in the middle of the open bath area. Out of this world!

I guess you can imagine, what sunsets and night time feel like. The stars will be sparkling above you, the breeze a bit stronger, the charmingly installed indirects lights of the villa turning it into a dream place to finish the day. It will make you wish to never wake up from this dream.

For sure, it is a luxury to stay here and it comes at a luxurious price. However, since I had the luck to stay here and got in contact with the management of the place, I made sure I am able to share this experience with my SUNDAYBLOG readers. If you are interested in staying at this place feel free to contact the management with a reference of SUNDAYBLOG as I negotiated a special price for all travel addicts exploring Tunisia.

Management: Sami Azaiez
Villa Dar el Bhar on facebook

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Secret Escape: Remote down to earth on Kerkennah Island

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Looking for a down to earth escape for a couple of days? I’ve found something for you!
Villa Dar El Sidu Bou Said on Kerkennah Island, Tunisia. The Island is a local vacation retreat for Tunisians with 100.000 local tourists at 20.00o inhabitants. During the 1 hour drive with the ferry you will most probably be the only tourist. Arriving on the island, you might doubt if it really will be a retreat, as the island looks pretty dry and people throw their garbage everywhere.

However, once you arrive at the villa you will see, that I was not overpromising. It is really about this place. It is a beautiful and typical Arabian house constructed in a way, that you will feel the breeze in the courtyard, which will basically become the “outdoor chill living room”. There are four rooms out of which three have king size beds and one has two single beds. There are two bathrooms, a large pool, a separate kitchen as well as an upper level with two terraces and an indoor living room with a fireplace.

The house is facing the sea, with a beautiful view to the fishermen’s boats. The Bardo attacks in March 2015 have hurt the Tunisian tourist industry badly. On this Island you will not see a fake profile of the country, but the poverty and the truth of the challenges people are facing here.

As people are trying to get tourism back, you will be taken care of in the best way. While we were staying at the place, we were in constant contact with the management of the place, who showed us the best spots on the island. The place comes with a chef, who will cook two three course meals a day from local food.

As French is second language in the country, you will be able to have great discussions and conversations to learn about the culture. But no worries, everyone speaks decent English as well and you will be able to communicate easily.

So if you are looking forward to this privileged and grounded retreat, check out the villa’s Facebook website to find out more. For all my SUNDAYBLOG readers, I negotiated a special price to spread this experience amongst everyone curious to discover unknown places. Simply contact the management and led them know, you found about them on SUNDAYBLOG.

For further questions, please reach out to the Management via a private message on Facebook:

Management: Sami Azaiez