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Mystery Cruises #AtoZChallenge

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So, why would someone pay to go on a mystery cruise; get on a ship and head to ports unknown? Since I love to cruise, this sounded like an interesting opportunity to sail into, well, mystery! I’ve now done two of these cruises and both on the Braemar.  I really like this ship. It is a smaller one and feels like family. It is very easy to sail solo and meet lots of friends on this ship.

On the first cruise, we sort of knew where we were going. The passengers were given a choice and we voted for one port or another — but we did not know where we were going until we got there! Here are the ports we visited:

Porto, Malaga, Barcelona, Valencia, Cartegna, Cadiz, La Coruna

The second mystery cruise was truly a mystery — one that would include only maiden ports (ports where our ship had never visited). It was very strange not to be able to plan or research the ports we were going to, nor to be able to know exactly what to pack — for warm or cold! The cruise was early May, so it was hard to plan for everything. It started in Dover and we waited to see if we would turn to go north … or south (or if we could even trust that, in the night, the ship would change directions!). As it turned out, we continued North and thus we began a cruise that went to Norway, Denmark, Germany and Sweden.

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The ports included:

Larvik, Hundested, Nyborg, Fredercia, Wismar, Lyskil

Would I go on another one? It would be hard to keep me away!

 

 

A to Z Challenge: T = Tunisia

T = Tunisia

TBefore going to Tunisia, the only thing I’d ever really heard about Tunisia is that it is the site of Carthage, a place the Romans destroyed. So, I was excited to learn more and see not only one of the best collections of mosaics in the Bardo Museum, but other sites around Tunis.

I also heard that this is one of the best places to find jasmine-scented oil – my favourite scent!

 

I embarked on an excursion that would take me to Carthage, The Bardo Museum, the souk in Tunis, and Sidi Bou Said, famous for its white buildings and blue roofs. It was a long day, but I was not sure when I would be back here.

Of course, all that is left of Carthage are ruins, but I enjoyed seeing it – and it has great views of the sea.

 

Carthage
Carthage
Carthage
Carthage
Carthage
Carthage
Roman aquaducts
Roman aquaducts
Carthage
View of Atlas Mountains

The souk is a crazy labyrinth of streets and alleyways. I was glad I was with a guide, because it would be easy to get lost. Of course, we visited a rug merchant and a perfumery where I got my jasmine oil.

Door in Tunis
Door in Tunis
Covered souk at closing time
Covered souk at closing time
Rooftop view of mosque in Tunis
Rooftop view of mosque in Tunis
Me on a rooftop overlooking the souk in Tunis
Me on a rooftop overlooking the souk in Tunis

 

The Bardo Museum is fabulous and well worth a visit. I loved the mosaics and the architecture of the building. There were also some very large statues of Greek and/or Roman Gods.

Mosaic in Bardo Museum
Mosaic in Bardo Museum
Mosaic in Bardo Museum
Mosaic in Bardo Museum
Mosaic in Bardo Museum
Mosaic in Bardo Museum
Mosaic in Bardo Museum
Mosaic in Bardo Museum
Head of Zeus statue in the Bardo Museum
Head of Zeus statue in the Bardo Museum

Our last top was at  Sidi Bou Said. The town is very beautiful with the white and blue motif. We stopped at a jewelry shop where I found a really nice lapis necklace. Bartering is not my strongest skill, however I ended up with two necklaces, a dolphin statue and a hand of Fatima charm. The owners of the shop pointed me to a little tea house across the road that had a private garden and a view of the town.

 Sidi Bou Said
Sidi Bou Said
 Sidi Bou Said
Sidi Bou Said
 Sidi Bou Said
Sidi Bou Said
Sunset
Sunset