Monday, May 31, 2010

Disney Cruise - Day Four: Tunisia

Our next port of call was Tunis, Tunisa. I was pretty excited to be able to say I've been to Africa after this stop. Granted, it's really, really northern Africa, but I'll take it!

Our shore excursion took us to the ruins of the baths of Carthage. We lucked out and got tons of sunshine that day. In fact, our whole cruise was charmed with tons of sun, and every tour guide told us how lucky we were because just days prior it had felt like winter. Even our cruise crew couldn't believe our luck with the weather.

Caleb loved exploring the baths. Anything that involves rocks, dirt and climbing make that kid happy.

We also stopped at an ancient amphitheater in Carthage. Caleb loved climbing to the top of the steps and back down. Anything to wear him out!

Our next stop was the town of Sidi Bou Said, which was very pretty. All of the buildings in Sidi Bou Said are painted blue and white. Our tour guide told us the white was to help keep the buildings cool in the midday sun and the blue was to keep the mosquitoes away! I wonder if the latter works.
We toured a typical Sidi house, which was crowded but pretty. I recently finished reading The Constant Princess by Phillipa Gregory, which was a fictional account of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first wife. Gregory's account went into a lot of detail regarding Catherine's childhood growing up in Moorish villages that her parents had conquered. Touring this house made me think of that book.

We also had a bit of free time to explore the market stalls along the road. We picked up a few ceramics, a couple of which broke on the way home to England. Nuts.

I grabbed a coke in the cafe where our tour group was meeting.

When we got back to the ship, Caleb and I took a camel ride. I was worried he'd be scared, but he really liked it!

We hit the pool later that afternoon, and Caleb got in some good splashing time. He was becoming more confident, and as one of the older non-potty-trained toddlers, I had to really watch to make sure he was too enthusiastic in his splashing around the younger kiddos. (Don't worry, mom, we SPF'd him head to toe!)

That night we ate at The Animator's Palate again. The walls, which were decorated with black and white sketches of Disney characters, were filling with color that night. There were also screens playing scenes from Disney classics, which helped to keep Caleb entertained.

We enjoyed Malta and Tunisia, but we were really looking forward to our next three stops, which were all in Italy!

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