Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tunisia New Year 2012/2013- Hammamet

This past New Year, we decided we wanted to go away with Brian’s children and their partners. We set ourselves a very low budget and began to have a look at some winter sun destinations. We wanted to go to Egypt but for that week the prices were ludicrous and more than we had paid for our 2 weeks a year ago.

We ended up booking Tunisia on the off chance it might be warm. We went to Hammamet. Well, it was certainly warmer than the UK during winter but it wasn’t great. We were up most mornings swimming in the heated outdoor pool and walking along the beaches. We ate breakfast outside everyday so the weather was pretty ok. Very sunny, just not hot. To be fair, we were in t-shirt and shorts most days so it wasn’t all that bad! The kids of course, were not impressed! They didn’t even go in the pool that was 27 degrees because they said it was freezing! It was amusing. Me and Brian made the most of the holiday anyway even if the kids weren’t that motivated.

We made sure to walk along the beach as much as we could. Our little bit of beach was beautiful, but either side was pretty horrible. It was like the buildings were empty ad no one had cleaned the beaches in years. It looked pretty awful. The streets outside were quite the same. I think since they have had their revolution (the so called Arab Spring started off in Tunisia), there has been less tourism and a lot less money being spent on tourist areas. The streets were strewn with rubbish and it just looked desolate and empty. To be fair though, the hotel was fine for what it was- a 4* all inclusive.

So here are some of the photos from that week in Tunisia over New Year 2012. As you can see- the sky is mostly blue and the water is stunning. Just one day I got a black sky in the photo.

The beach at the hotel:


Brian looking lovely at the beach:



Look at that water:


Oh, and a camel and black skies:

Sunsets at the beach:



 Hotel grounds:





This is the outdoor pool- not heated so not in use- and that is where we had breakfast in the mornings:




This was the heated pool, half indoor and half outdoor. We were in there every day for a good couple of hours until the sun went away:



This was a stunning display that the hotel had in reception. It was ALL made from food! All of it- every last bit. Needless to say someone got drunk and had a nibble… but it wasn’t me or Brian:



The hotel was home to many, many cats which I absolutely loved! The hotel staff looked after them and asked people not to feed them as they were already being fed, but obviously people carried on regardless. The girl cats were really friendly and cuddled up to you at breakfast times- we ate outside. The boy cats were not as friendly and were pretty much there for the food and to hump a female cat if he got the chance!

These two look *exactly* the same as my cats from when I was younger- Reggie and Billie. They are also mum and baby too. It was eerie to say the least! You can see posts about them much earlier on in my archive. These two were nice and cuddly:


Look at these beautiful little kittens we found! Their mother (the one at the front in the photo above) had hidden them away behind a pillar near the breakfast restaurant and by the heated pool.


The main shopping village at Yasmine Hammamet:


Neighbouring hotel and sunset:


Beautiful scenery along the beach towards the old souk/ market (you may recognise one photo from my header!):




I have more photos at my Flickr site if you want to take a look. If you liked this post, please give it a share of some sort and I’ll be eternally grateful! I will be back soon with some new posts and photographs.