Posted by Vi Warkentin on
What led me to go to Tunisia initially was a single photograph - in a travel brochure. The building was glistening white with beautiful blue doors. The photo was gorgeous. I thought it must be somewhere in Greece. As I had a closer look at the brochure, I realized it was not Greece but rather Tunisia in northern Africa. I immediately wanted to go to see the place in the photo.
I found the exact place as I had seen in the photograph.
The town is Sidi Bou Said and the place in the photo is now Cafe Sidi Chabaane. Sidi Bou Said is a quaint, all blue and white town. Just some 20 kms from the nation’s capital, Tunis. A walk along the narrow cobblestone streets revealed a sea of white and blue - beautiful white homes and shops with blue window grills, blue shutters and blue doors - decorated in a multitude of black patterned rivets and door knockers.
Often the entire door does not open - a smaller door is part of the larger door which requires a person to stoop when entering.
and some doors, although devoid of ornamentation, were still so incredibly beautiful to me. I sit and wonder about the amazing stories this door would have if it could speak.