The conference was held in hotel El Mouradi in Gammarth, an expensive seaside resort north of Tunis on the Mediterrenian Sea. Nearby, Sidi Bou Said features some of the most pictoresque streets and hillside sea views in the area.
Entirely in the style of European Waves conferences, buffet meals were included, featuring both local specialties and more common fare. A beach just outside of the hotel streched for miles in either direction. It was mostly empty as the water in the late spring was still a bit on the chilly side, at least compared to the water in the hotel pool. It was a great place for a relaxing sunset walk after a dinner, and camels, brought to entertain the tourists, served as a reminder of the the desert side of Tunisia.
|Dates||Watermelon arrangement||Penguin out of place||Hotel grounds||Anchor and a boat||Camel rides on the beach|
|Irina||On a boat||Irina and my shadow||Camel in front of the sea||Evening run||Sea weed in flux|
|Sunset on the beach||Horse rider||Wavy shoreline||Sunset||Hotel lobby ceiling|
|Hotel lobby ceiling|
This little north district of Tunis is named after a 12/13th century religious figure, Abu Said Ibn Khalaf Yahya al-Tamimi al-Baji in his full impossibly long name. Much more recently, it has been home to many artists and it is a popular spot with visitors for its its white-blue architecture, that was introduced by one of the artists, and expansive views of the coast.
|Bell tower||Black cat||Black cat on a white street||Kitty, kitty||Sidi Bou Said street||Doorway|
|Sidi Bou Said sea view||Waiting for customers||Colorful seating||Date palm||More Sidi Bou Said views||Sidi Bou Said street mosaic|
|Sidi Bou Said street mosaic||Stair mosaic|
While I was at the conference, Irina was spending her days by the pool and on the beach... One time she came back excited that she was even offered fresh sea urchin as "sushi" by the local fishermen.
|Irina on a beach chair||Police patrol||Hotel pool||Hotel grounds|