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LIFESTYLE Places Sidi Bou Said Healthy Living Choosing the right spa resort



Health Matters Your need to sleep


Tunisian & Mediterranean Cooking Tunisian Beef Stew


Golf A golf coach is important if you want to improve your game Sergio Garcia and the “Whack From the Track� challenge Spotlight MARTINI presents the NINE premiere party in Rome Monthly Horoscope








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What does your bathroom say about you?


How to find the right apartment


Business Directory



Tourist Map


Places of interest


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LIFESTYLE Sidi Bou Said Sidi Bou Said is a beautiful town and much favoured tourist spot situated in northern Tunisia, just 20 km from the capital city Tunis. The town takes its name from an abbreviation of the Muslim religious

figure and saint, Abou Said ibn Khalef ibn Yahia Ettamini el Beji, who lived here and whose tomb is near the famous CafĂŠ El Allia (CafĂŠ des Nattes). Abou Said was born at Beja in 1156, and studied and taught science and religion at the Zitouna mosque in Tunis. After journeying to the Middle East, he retired from the world to meditate and accomplish his duties or marabou (erudite monk). Upon his return to Tunis, he used the small nearby village of Jebel El-Manar, (renamed Sidi Bou Said after his death) as his sanctuary. 06

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Jebel El-Manar was known as the “fire mountain”, where a fire (at the site of the present lighthouse), was used to guide the ships in Punic and Roman times. After Abu Said died in 1231, he was buried on the Jebel, and his mausoleum became a place of pilgrimage, with the village of Sidi Abu Said built around it. In the 18th century, the Turkish governors of Tunis, and later the wealthy citizens of the capital built their residences here with their typical architecture, and then in the 1920’s, with the arrival of Baron Rodolphe d’Erlanger, the light blue and white colour theme was applied, and Sidi Bou Said became the village we see today.

blue and white colours all over the town, often seen in tourist brochures and books on Tunisia.

The former palace of Baron d'Erlanger has been converted into a museum and visitors can still marvel at it’s splendour.

All kinds of souvenirs can be bought in the main street, from carpets to pottery and birdcages, and others not even remotely connected to Sidi Bou Said. Most tourists are just day visitors from the capital or one of the many local resorts, rather than

The entire town itself is a tourist attraction, as it is reknowned for the extensive use of

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Places residing here for the week, as it can be easily reached by the TGM train, which runs from Tunis to La Marsa. Sidi Bou Said has a reputation as a town of artists, with many who have lived in, or visited the village, such as Paul Klee, Gustave-Henri Jossot, August Macke and Louis Moillet. This picturesque blue and white village, perched on the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Tunis, is perhaps the most cherished in Tunisia. It can be a delight just wandering through the winding cobblestone streets, catching glimpses of the Mediterranean and the beaches of Tunis across the Bay.

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Sidi Bou Said Or, sit and sip a mint tea at the popular "Café des Nattes" (if you can get a seat). You can even climb up to the "lighthouse" and enjot the fabulous views from "Sidi Chebaane" café. The little streets are full of small shops that offer antiques, Tunisian crafts and jewelry, and there are several art galleries, exhibiting works of both Tunisian and international artists.

At the end of the day you can stroll down to the foot of the cliffs, where lies the Port of Sidi Bou Said, with it’s modern marinahotels and restaurants.

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LIFESTYLE Choosing the right spa resort Tunisia is fast developing a growing reputation as a land of spa resorts and treatment centres. Due to it’s relaxed mediterranean atmosphere and perfect climate, with hot summers and mild winters, it is the ideal place to get away from it all. So, if you’re after the whole spa experience or more specific treatment, this is the place to be. When choosing a spa resort, there are almost endless options to choose from. Whether you are looking for something simple and low cost, or if you want a pampered and extravagant experience, there is a spa resort that offers what you are looking for. To find one, a very good option would be to search the internet for exactly what you want. Many online sites specialize in vacation planning, including spa resort information. The following are just a few of the many options you have to choose from when picking a spa resort. Some spa resorts are very simple. They will often offer physical therapy services, volcanic clay "mud" baths and massages.


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Facials and body treatments will also be included. Of course, they will have spa facilities as well. These spa packages can be enjoyed anywhere from 4 to 14 days, depending on how long you can stay, and what your budget allows. When you move up to the mid-level spa resorts, they tend to offer a little more. An exercise facility is one of the extras. Depending on where the spa is located, they may offer hiking or other outdoor activities. Often gourmet food is on the menu and included in the package. Of course, the mid-level spas also offer everything you would find in an economy package. Things become more exciting when you opt for a luxury spa resort. This is where the services offered become almost endless. At some luxury spa resorts, you are afforded a beautiful view of the surrounding landscape or mediterranean views. Others offer health improvement, fine dining, yoga and meditation, and low-fat cuisine. Other outdoor activities will often be available, with golfing facilities close to luxury spa resorts. Watersports and skiing are offered sometimes, too. Regardless of the spa you choose, the goal will normally be stress reduction, relaxation, and health improvement.

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You will also find that there are many types of specialty spas available. An example of this would be a Connoisseur spa. These spas are more "upper class", and give more attention to each guest. They usually have more staff available per guest than a conventional spa would have. Wonderful ambiance and cuisine are always offered at a Connoisseur spa. Don’t forget your credit card though, as these are at the top of the list of spas and come at top of the range prices. Mobile spas are a novel idea. With a mobile spa, the professionals bring the spa to you. Well, they don’t bring an actual spa, but they will offer massages, facials, manicures, and other health treatments right to your hotel. Your spa resort vacation will only be limited to your imagination and your budget. If what you are looking for is health related, you can normally find a spa resort that caters to it, regardless of how much you have available to spend. All it takes is a little research on your part, and you can have a spa vacation that you will always remember.

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LIFESTYLE your need to sleep Sleep ranks at the very top of the list of human necessities right along with air, water and food. It is a lot more than a timeout from daily life or a passive retreat, a good night's sleep is needed to leave you feeling refreshed, healthy, alert and ready to tackle the day's tasks. When you don't get enough sleep, you begin to feel less alert and less vigorous and perhaps, more confused, irritable and fatigued. Lack of sleep affects not only your energy level but also your mental and social functioning. You may find it more difficult to concentrate. You may find that you lose patience quickly, that you become less interactive in your relationships and that you become less productive at work. The average person spends about one-third of their life in the state of unconsciousness known as sleep. While sleeping, you move through six phases.


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Health Matters It's normal to be awake for short periods during the night. Expect three to 10 brief arousals, though you probably won't remember each one. It's likely part of your body's defense mechanisms to keep you aware of what's going on around you. Stage one. During stage one, you sleep lightly and drift in and out of sleep. During this stage you're easily wakened. Your muscles begin to slow down and your eyes move very slowly. Stage two. In stage two, your muscles relax. Your brain waves slow down, though occasionally you have bursts of brain activity. You spend about half of your sleep in this stage. Stages three and four. Deep sleep sets in. Your brain waves become large and slow. Your breathing becomes rhythmic, and your muscles remain relaxed. At this point your body begins releasing reparative hormones. Stages one through four are referred to as non-rapid eye movement (NREM). Rapid eye movement (REM). During REM sleep your muscles stop moving completely. Your breathing and heart rate become rapid and irregular, your blood pressure is more variable, and your eyes move rapidly in bursts of activity. Your brain waves show a pattern similar to wakefulness. Scientists believe this indicates that your brain is using this time to sort and organize your memories.

Dreaming takes place during this stage. If you're awakened during REM sleep, you may recall vivid dreams. Throughout the night, you continuously move from one stage or type of sleep to another in cycles that can last from 70 to 90 minutes each. Early REM periods are very short, however, usually 5 to 10 minutes long. You may experience several longer REM periods as the night progresses. The natural pattern of waking and sleeping that occurs within a 24-hour day is part of your circadian rhythm. Your circadian rhythm is regulated by a biological clock in your brain that usually makes you sleepy at night and ready to wake up in the morning. Your surroundings, including your exposure to sunlight, help s ynchronize your biological clock. Your biological clock regulates your body temperature and many of your hormones.

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need to sleep Most people's clocks run on a cycle of about 24 hours, but individual clocks vary. When your natural circadian rhythm is upset for example, by spending too long in bed, travelling across time zones or experiencing a few nights of insomnia, sleep can become difficult. For most people a night or two of poor sleep, or even a night of no sleep, isn't that bad. As long as you get back to a normal sleep schedule within a few days, you'll experience no lasting consequences. One good night of sleep after a few poor ones usually is enough to catch up. Chronically losing sleep results in sleep debt, which can lead to serious consequences. Sleep debt is cumulative, and even small nightly sleep losses can add up to affect your daytime function.

Possible consequences include increased accidents and poor performance at work or in school. Long-term sleep deprivation can affect your physical and mental health. Sleep helps bolster your immune system so that you can fight off viruses and bacteria. After a few nights of absolutely no sleep, some people begin hallucinating. The urge for a midday nap is built into your body's biological clock. Usually between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. you experience a slight drop in your body temperature, indicating nap time. If you're not getting enough sleep, napping may or may not help. The best solution is to go to bed earlier. If that's not possible, a daytime nap might give you the boost you need, helping you feel more energized and alert. If you have insomnia, though, a daytime nap may make sleeping at night more difficult.

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LIFESTYLE Tunisian & Mediterranean Cooking Tunisian Beef Stew This is a traditional recipe for a main course, and will take about 70 minutes to prepare (not including the soaking). Tunisian name: Hlalems Bil Lham Ingredients (Serves 4) 50g/2oz Dried Chickpeas, soaked overnight 1 Onion, chopped 450g/1lb Stewing or braising Steak, cubed Salt And Pepper 2 tbsp Olive Oil 1 Garlic Clove, crushed 2 tbsp Tomato Paste 100g/4oz Fresh Spinach, shredded 2 Sticks of Celery, chopped 2 tbsp freshly chopped Parsley 4 tinned Artichoke Hearts, chopped 1 Large Carrot, sliced 2 teasp Paprika 100g/4oz Short Cut Macaroni 2 Chiles, deseeded and chopped 100g/4oz Fresh or frozen Peas 3 tbsp freshly chopped Coriander (Cilantro) Step by Step Drain the pre-soaked chickpeas and place them in a large saucepan together with the onion and 960ml/32fl.oz. cold water. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, season beef with salt and pepper, then heat the oil in a large frying pan and brown the meat on all sides. Add the garlic, tomato paste, spinach, celery, parsley, artichokes, carrots and paprika, mix well and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the beef mixture to the chickpeas, bring to the boil then reduce the heat, cover, simmer 1 hour. Add the pasta and chillies, mixing well and continue to cook for a further 30 minutes. Stir in the peas and coriander and cook for a further 5-10 minutes. Serve hot. Essential Tunisia


Golf A Golf Coach Is Important If You Want To Improve Your Game Why would anybody need a golf coach when most of the famous golfers of old developed their game pretty much on their own? And besides, wouldn’t a golf coach take away all the fun of the game and make the whole thing too serious to call it a leisure activity anymore?

Has your golf game been getting just a little too frustrating in recent times? Have you been suffering many more humiliating defeats than is the case ordinarily? Then there is the increasing possibility that you are playing against people who are involved in exercise programs and have a personal golf coach who has been helping them work on improvements in their game. These are some of the many concerns amateur golfers have whenever the idea of a golf coach is suggested to them. Genuine concerns but mostly outdated because the modern game has changed a lot and continue to change. One of the most distinct changes witnessed in the game is the wide acceptance of golf coaches, exercises and muscle conditioning programs in a sport that has for generations been viewed as a leisure sport with no room for any sort of exercising or muscle strengthening programs.

How can you possibly compete with a golfer who has such a huge advantage over you? How can you ever hope to enjoy your game of golf the way you used to in the days when a golf coach was a strange and uncommon phrase in the game? Probably the biggest advantage of having a golf coach is that they are able to specifically work on your weaknesses 18

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LIFESTYLE using golf specific exercise programs to strengthen the muscles that are critical for you to play a good round of golf. A golf coach will also help you avoid some of the common but painful and disruptive injuries of the game like the golfer elbow.

COURSES IN TUNISIA Tabarka Golf Course, Tabarka The Residence Golf Course, Gammarth Carthage Golf Course, La Sourka/Tunis Citrus Golf Course, Hammamet Yasmine Golf Course, Hammamet Kantaoui Golf Course, Port El Kantaoui Palm Links Golf Course, Monastir Flamingo Golf Course, Monastir Tozeur Golf Course, Tozeur Djerba Golf Course, Djerba Island

They will help you avoid them by getting you to warm up properly before a round of gold and do stretches that will help you tone up to tip-top condition for your game. What’s more, is that there is no age limit in the golfers opting to get a golf coach to help them with their physicals. Even senior citizens are able to successfully implement the exercise programs into their game. In fact some have been able to get rid of nagging back injuries for good. Do seriously consider engaging a golf coach. Most of the courses here in Tunisia can offer a golf coach for the duration of your holiday, so why not take advantage and return home a better golfer!

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Golf GOLFING LEGEND Etihad Airways, a diamond sponsor of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship (ADGC), hosted European Ryder Cup star, Sergio Garcia, at its inaugural 'Whack from the Track' golf challenge at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit. To celebrate the airline's partnership with the ADGC and on the eve of the tournament, Sergio was invited to drive a golf ball along the longest straight of the Yas Marina Circuit, attempting to beat the Asian long drive record of 721 yards set by Sweden's Henrik Stenson in 2007. Sergio was unsuccessful in beating Henrik's record, however still drove a phenomenal 675 yards. The 'Whack from the Track' challenge follows Etihad's hugely successful 'Swing from the Wing' challenge, a long drive competition from the wing of an A330 aircraft held from 2005 to 2007, where Henrik's record was set, and last year's 'Shot from the Yacht' event, where US Masters champion Trevor Immelman took part in hitting ten golf balls from the superyacht 'Aviva' over the sea and onto a putting green in the grounds of the Emirates Palace Hotel. Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways' chief commercial officer, said: "Etihad is proud to offer innovative events around its sponsorships and each year we have created a different golf challenge with one of the game's top stars. This year is no exception, and with our sponsorship of the Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, we are particularly excited that Sergio could participate in the challenge at the Yas Marina Circuit. We wish him well in the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship." 20

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Sergio Garcia said: "This is certainly one of the most fun golf challenges I have been involved in and it was a great way to prepare for the tournament. The circuit is incredible and while I did not beat Henrik on this occasion, I do intend to do everything I can to win here in Abu Dhabi this week. I also hope that Fernando Alonso will win for Ferrari later this year when he drives in the Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix."

Spotlight On Wednesday 13 January the Eternal City of Rome played host to the Italian Premiere of "NINE", the new film from The Weinstein Company. "NINE" is one of the hottest films currently showing in cinemas and was nominated for five Golden Globe awards including Best Picture. After the Premiere, the stars of the film and celebrity guests headed to the famous MARTINI® Terrazza to the official after-party hosted by MARTINI®.

Sophia Loren and Penelope Cruz The VIP guests enjoyed Martini cocktails inspired by the film including The MARTINI® Contini and The MARTINI® Muse as well as favourites The MARTINI® Melograno and the new Rosato Royale.

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"NINE" is a vibrant and provocative musical that follows the life of world famous film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) as he reaches a creative and personal crisis of epic proportion, while balancing the numerous women in his life including his wife (Marion Cotillard), his film star muse (Nicole Kidman), his confidant and costume designer (Judi Dench), a young American fashion journalist (Kate Hudson), the whore from his youth

MARTINI® presents the NINE Premiere Party in Rome (Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson), his mistress (Penelope Cruz) and his mother (Sophia Loren). The original 1982 Broadway production of "NINE," nominated for twelve Tony Awards and winning five, including Best Musical, was directed by Tommy Tune, choreographed by Thommie Walsh, starred Raúl Julia with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Arthur Kopit. The 2003 Broadway revival of "NINE" received eight Tony Award nominations and won two, including Best Revival of a Musical. ""NINE" is the perfect movie association for MARTINI® - it has a star studded cast, is very cinematic and is set in Italy," said Vincent Huinck, MARTINI®'s global marketing manager. "We have a long, natural association with cinema and we are really looking forward to Rome. We have developed some bespoke MARTINI® drinks for these premiere parties and I am sure all the guests are going to have a great time." MARTINI® has always been associated with the glamorous world of the Silver Screen.

Penelope Cruz In the 1960's and 70's many new films and their stars were launched at the MARTINI® Terrazzas in Barcelona, Paris, Milan, London and Sao Paulo. The recent association of MARTINI® with George Clooney and Jude Law highlights how MARTINI® mixes with global A-list celebrities. In 2007, MARTINI® held the official Premiere Party for Oceans Thirteen at the Cannes Film Festival and earlier this year MARTINI® hosted the World Premiere Party for Richard Curtis' latest film, The Boat That Rocked. MARTINI® is also recognised as James Bond's drink of choice. Essential Tunisia



Tunisia is situated on the Mediterranean coast of North Africa, bordered by Algeria in the west and Libya in the south-east. An abrupt southern turn of its shoreline gives Tunisia two faces on the Mediterranean with a coastline 1,148 kilometres in length. Despite its relatively small size, Tunisia has great geographical and climatic diversity. An extension of the Atlas Mountains, traverses Tunisia in the north to the Cape Bon peninsula. The Sahil is along Tunisia's eastern Mediterranean coast famous for its olive groves and beaches. Inland from the Sahil are the Steppes. Much of the southern region is semi-arid and desert leading into the Sahara.

Tourist Guide TUNISIA is a beautiful and diverse country at the very centre of Mediterranean North Africa, immediately to the south-west of Italy and Malta. There are many places of interest, cities, towns and villages, all well worth a visit. The information on these pages is a quick guide to just some of those worth a mention, but by no means a comprehensive list of all that Tunisia has to offer.

TUNIS is the capital of Tunisia, and is divided into the old city, known as the medina, and the new city (ville nouvelle in French). Although located on the Mediterranean coast, it is spared much of the tourist beaches and resorts, which lay to the north and south. With a population of over 1,500,000, the city still has the feel of being small and compact. The must-see attractions of the capital are The Souq, which is known as one of the most authentic and hassle-free in all of Northern Africa. Bardo Museum, occupying the 13th century palace of the Ottoman-era ruler and renowned for its extensive collection of Roman mosaics. Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul. Built in 1882, this is the largest surviving building from the colonial era, in the neoRomanesque style. Zitouna Mosque. The largest mosque in Tunisia and an important landmark, dating from the 8th century, although the distinctive square minaret is a later 19th century addition.

The ruins of CARTHAGE, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a former city of the Pheonician and Punic periods dating from the 6th Century BC, and are situated 12 km north of Tunis. This was the base of a powerful empire spanning the entire south Mediterranean and home to a population of the order of half a million people. Its most famous general was Hannibal who famously crossed the Alps to battle the Romans. In 146BC the city finally fell to Rome and its destruction ordered by the Senate. The site was later redeveloped by the Romans and Carthage became the capital of the province of Africa. SFAX is the country’s second city by virtue of it’s population and it’s prowess as an industrial centre. Situated on the east coast of Tunisia, 270 km south of Tunis, the city was founded in AD 849 and is a thriving Mediterranean port on the Gulf of Gabes. From here, you can also take the ferry to Kerkennah Island where you can wander around in a land, virtually unspoilt by modern standards.

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Tourist Guide SOUSSE

SOUSSE is a popular destination, with tourists from Britain, Germany and many East European counties visiting the area. It is one of Tunisia’s oldest cities, and boasts an authentic medina, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated on the Mediterranean coast it has good beaches and many first class hotels. Most of Sousse's sights are located within the medina, the labyrinth which is at the heart of the city. The Great Mosque is a tranquil place despite its location in the middle of the city. Built in 850 AD, it is simple and austere in the Aghlabite style. The Ribat, whilst not as impressive or extensive as the one in Monastir, is a fortified holy site well worth visit. It served as home to a branch of Islamic warriors very similar in nature to the Hospitaller Knights that lived in Rhodes. Climbing to the top of the watch tower affords you fantastic views over the Medina.


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MONASTIR is a city situated 165km southeast of Tunis and 24 km east of Sousse, on the eastern Mediterranean coast. It is an ancient city dating from Phonecian times, and it is believed it takes it’s name from the French "monastère" (monastery). It is the site of a busy international airport which caters mainly for tourist flights from Europe. Sights to see are theimposing Ribat, which is a fortified monastery located next to the sea with great views from its walls and towers. It has been used in several films as a stand in for Jerusalem, most notably "Monty Python's Life of Brian". Also, there is the impressive Mausoleum of Bourguiba in the centre of a large cemetery in Monastir, which is the resting place and home of the founding president of modern Tunisia.


Tourist Guide SIDI BOU SAID

SIDI BOU SAID is a beautiful and typical Tunisian village just 20km north of the capital Tunis. The best time to visit is autumn or spring, out of the tourist season, when you can still walk the narrow streets, around white and blue traditional houses, enjoying the views. The village is quite small, and perched on a hill, you can enjoy amazing views of the Mediterranean and Bay of Tunis. BIZERTE is located on the north coast of Tunisia, 65 km north of Tunis and 15 km away from Cap Blanc (the northern-most point in Africa). Noted for its beautiful forests, beaches and scenery, it is known as the oldest and most European city in Tunisia. Originally founded around 1000 BC by Phoenicians from Tyre, it is was also the last town under French control after the rest of the country won its independence.

PORT EL KANTAOUI is a purpose built tourist and residential area began in 1979. It is situated 8km north of Sousse and 65km south of Hammamet, centered around a marina and traditional-style buildings with narrow streets. There is the waterfront with walkway, jetty and yacht pier, the open “square� in front of the "gate", followed by another pedestrian area containing a musical fountain, shops and restaurants. To the north, there is a golf course as well as a number of hotels. To the south, there is an amusement park and more hotels.


TOZEUR is a city in south west Tunisia, around 450km from Tunis. With thousands of palm trees, Tozeur is a large oasis from which exported dates are very well known. In ancient times, the oasis was important for the caravan routes through the Sahara, and was an important Roman outpost. From Tozeur there are a selection of camel trips available to explore the edge of the Sahara. Essential Tunisia


Tourist Guide EL JEM is a small town in the east of Tunisia, 60km south of Sousse, that houses the remains of a UNESCO World Heritage listed Roman amphitheatre. Formerly the Roman town of Thysdrus, one of the most important in N. Africa after Carthage. The Amphitheatre was built in the middle of the 3rd century AD, but fell into disrepair, with its blocks being used for building the surrounding town and also the Great Mosque in Kairouan. Declared a World Heritage site in 1979, it was more recently used for filming scenes from the Oscar winning film Gladiator. EL KEF is a small city in northwest Tunisia, built onto the southern face of the Jebel Dyr Mountain, which is part of the Tebersouk Mountains, at the east end of the High Atlas Mountains. It is a relaxed town, offering an authentic taste of Tunisia with some interesting sights to see. The main attraction is the Byzantine Kasbah. Noticeable from almost any part of the city, it rises out of the old medina and used to be a site of a series of fortresses dating back to the 5th century BC.


KAIROUAN, a Muslim holy city, ranks 4th after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem as a place of pilgrimage. Situated 55km inland from Sousse, it's mosques and cultural history have seen it added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It’s main sights are The Great Mosque, one of the finest Islamic buildings in North Africa, and Bi'r Barouta, which is a Well at the place where the city was founded, and one of the holiest sites in the city for Muslims. The Medina in general is a nice place to wander around, although it may well look familiar as it was used in Raiders of the Lost Ark to double for Cairo.


DOUZ is a small town in south-central Tunisia, often known as the "Gateway to the Sahara". The town has grown up around a large palm oasis that is a large producer of "diglat noor" dates. 28

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Tourist Guide HAMMAMET

HAMMAMET is a resort town located in the south east of the northern peninsula of Cap Bon in the Governorate of Nabeul, on the northern edge of the Gulf of Hammamet.It lies just 65km south of Tunis and 85km north of Sousse and was one of the first tourist destinations in Tunisia. Due to its fine beaches it has become a popular destination for European visitors particularly for it’s swimming and water sports, with a population that regularly quadruples due to tourists in the summer months. The area is particularly known for its jasmine, and this is how the more recent, adjacent tourist resort of Yasmine Hammamet came by its name.

Tunisia is made up of 24 Governates (administrative regions) These are : - (1) Ariana (Aryana), (2) Beja (Baja), (3) Ben Arous (Bin 'Arus), (4) Bizerte (Banzart), (5) Gabes (Gabis), (6) Gafsa (Gafsah), (7) Jendouba (Jandouba), (8) Kairouan (Al Qayrawan), (9) Kasserine (Gasryn), (10) Kebili (Guebilli), (11) El Kef (El Kaf), (12) Mahdia (Al Mahdiya), (13) Mannouba (Mannouba), (14) Medenine (Midnin), (15) Monastir (Munastir), (16) Nabeul (Nabul), (17) Sfax (Safaqis), (18) Sidi BouZid (Sidi BouZid), (19) Siliana (Siliana), (20) Sousse (Soussa), (21) Tataouine (Tatawin), (22) Tozeur (Touzer), (23) Tunis, (24) Zaghouan (Zaghwen) Essential Tunisia


HOMESTYLE What does your bathroom say about you? After a few years of experimentation and perhaps some dubious lapses in judgment, most of us will have developed a unique personal style and have managed to find out what works for us. But when it comes to decorating our homes, particularly our bathrooms, style preferences can be harder to pin down. The bathroom is more difficult because it is more of a private, personal space and since this room speaks volumes about your personality, you need to figure out what your

personal decorating style is and what you want this room to say about you when you have guests. Firstly, you have to decide which overall look you prefer. Are you going for casual chic, comfortable looks; ornate designs; simple, clean lines and geometric shapes or exotic and unexpected combinations. With furniture, do you gravitate toward overstuffed pieces with distressed finishes; leather, cherry wood and dark stains; light woods, like natural maple or organic pieces in different prints and colours from unique locales around the world. When you accessorize a room do you prefer items that are old, rustic or have a touch of whimsy that make a room cosy and inviting; family heirlooms accented with items you've found in the sales; new accessories that are placed sparsely and carefully throughout the room or funky, fun accessories you found everywhere from thrift stores to high-end boutiques to a vacation overseas. A lot of this personal style will derive from where you do most of your home shopping. For example the products you get from arts and crafts fairs, sales and antique shops are going to be different than the type of products found in a chic, modern home store or trendy mail order catalogue.


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If you prefer the casual style which is homey and welcoming there are many different takes on this look, all incorporating a clean and comfortable feel. Fabrics are generally soft and textured. Furniture is overstuffed and inviting. Washed wall finishes can give your bathroom this casual feel. Using old furniture such as wardrobes or dressers for storage cupboards adds some visual interest and whimsy to your look. Wicker baskets are ideal for countertop organization. Go vintage with your bathroom fixtures too, with antique nickel finishes and twisting and curved designs. Towel bars, a paper holder and matching toilet lever in this style provide warm details that add the finishing touch to this type of decor.

The traditional style calls to mind the feeling of formality and luxury. Large, rich floral prints on fabrics, drapes or wallpaper will give your bathroom the character it needs to pull off this look. Cherry woods or other dark finishes create a rich feel. Choose accessories in a rich, oil rubbed bronze finish. The towel bars, mirrors and shelving should have decorative finials, grooved flourishes and intricate detailing for a time honoured appearance. If you are more of a contemporary person then you prefer a more modern design with sophisticated, sleek lines. A contemporary theme can work well in a bathroom where surfaces are angled and smooth. Essential Tunisia


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What does your bathroom say? If you want to create this look, select cabinetry in natural wood finishes and contrast with stone or marble or go for the urban chic look with all stainless steel. Add dramatic towel bars, shelving and paper holders in chrome finishes to make an impact in this style of bathroom. The eclectic decorator mixes and matches design elements to create unique and visually interesting combinations. But eclecticism can be more restrained too, combining organic looking pieces that share shapes, textures, or colours. Neutral walls and floors look best with eclectic rooms since they serve as the canvas for your creativity. Look for accessories that make a statement. Choose those that are inspired by nature or capture the feel of an exotic locale like Africa, Asia or Tuscany.

decorating. It does however, require a keen eye for harmonious combinations. Remember, just because you prefer a certain style, you can still mix and match and have fun. The point is to create a room that says you, one that brings enjoyment and allows you to relax and feel comfortable after a hard days work.

By definition, there are no rules for eclectic

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When you do a search on a Search Engine for "apartments" you are going to come across two types of website resources; apartment finder sites and apartment database sites. Which is the best for you? Well, that depends on what your needs and circumstances dictate. It also has a great deal to do with your privacy comfort level.


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If you are relocating to an area or country that is totally new for you, someplace where you are unfamiliar with neighbourhoods, schools, transportation, etc., then the apartment finder may be your best choice. These sites respond to your query usually by making telephone contact with you. You will describe your circumstances, needs, budget and other preferences.

Unlike apartment finderrs, apartment database sites offer a broad selection of on-line apartment listings. They give you intricate descriptions of apartment complexes including, but not limited to, maps, amenities, rent ranges, contact information, etc. Pictures of the apartment units, inside and out, are usually included.

The apartment finder is usually extremely knowledgeable about the area and the local rental market. They will be quite helpful in finding you rental accommodations that suit your particular needs. In most cases, this will be a totally free service. The apartment locator is normally paid a commission or “finder’s fee� from the landlord or rental agent. In some areas and countries however, the client can be liable for a charge or commission (usually 5% of the annual rent), but this should be made clear to you beforehand. With regard to your privacy, however, keep in mind that you are required to share your telephone number with the apartment finder and be open to the idea of personal contact. You need to decide if, or how much, that is acceptable to your sense of privacy. You can stipulate that all correspondence remain by email, if you are not comfortable with giving your telephone number.

An excellent amount of data helps you decide if any particular rental unit meets your needs and satisfaction. When you are moving to an apartment that is located within your present living area or even when you are relocating to a different country that you are totally unfamiliar with, an apartment database site might be initially be the one for you. Some require a simple registration process which usually asks for name and email address. You need not submit your telephone number and you will not be contacted personally by anyone. Like the apartment finder, most apartment database sites are free to you. Sometimes you are asked to recommend their site as your referring source when you sign your apartment lease. So, which is better for you, the apartment finder site or the apartment database site? The answer to that question is answered by your own unique needs, desires, situation and limits of personal privacy.Good luck on your apartment search and good luck in your new apartment.

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Monthly Horoscope ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) The year seems to start off in reverse as you experience sudden stops and serious demands on your time. The emphasis is on your professional life now, and the rewards that come with hard work a graceful approach to problems that arise.

LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Your freedom of movement is restrained this month, yet this allows you to concentrate on matters of critical importance. It may be nearly impossible to make progress toward your long-term goals right now, though you can still share plans with others as you work toward making your move in the months ahead.

TAURUS (Apr. 21- may 21) You find meaning in life from instinct rather than intellect this month, as you are able to find answers with your feelings rather than your head. Some backtracking and adjustments may be necessary now to ensure you're moving forward in the right direction.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) On the down side, mixed messages and difficulty with details are likely to arise this month. Still, January brings opportunities for cordial connections, creative conversations and a fresh look at old relationships to help you move forward in the new year.

GEMINI (May 22-June 21) 2010 seems to start off on the wrong foot with pleasure becoming more and more elusive. Luckily your awareness of your own feelings is heightened now, and sharing these feelings brings benefits when you can avoid being overly dramatic.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You have big plans for the year, yet January seems to start off in slow motion with problems a little closer to home. While financial issues may be at the forefront, facing these issues increases your confidence on your journey toward your long-term dreams.

CANCER (June 22-July 22) Expressing yourself carefully helps avoid misunderstandings in this backwards month. Individuals whose strange ideas challenge your traditional values should not be dismissed -- stretching your own boundaries by letting go of old rules allows you to embrace new freedoms and joys.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) There's an urge to bring more romance and creativity into your life, and you can happily find a fresh path to guide you now. Accepting and letting go of your past aspirations helps you clean the slate and plant the seeds for new goals to work toward.

LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Powerful forces restrain your creative self-expression this month as work-related issues are emphasized. Managing your anger can be crucial to your happiness now, lest minor disagreements turn into major problems. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) A light is cast this month on old relationship matters and areas where you need to let go with grace. Self-expression, creativity and beauty are emphasized now, bringing generosity from others who surprisingly expect little in return.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Eager as you are for this new year, there are still relationship issues left over from the past. The more you attempt to push past your current blocks, the more frustrated you might become. January brings some inspiration to help you on your way. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) While January seems to start off with things moving in reverse, it also brings wisdom, optimism and good fortune to ignite your entrepreneurial spirit. The world's problems won't all melt before your eyes, but your ability to resolve personal issues can provide hope to those around you now.

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Essential Tunisia Magazine - Issue 5 - February 2010

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