Approaching Monastir, the first thing to grab our attention was the large fortress overlooking the modern looking marina. Funnily enough the fort looked familiar for some reason and when we mentioned this, Tim, the movie fanatic, had the explanation. It was used in the Monty Python movie. We knew we’d seen it somewhere in our cultural past.
|Moksha over shadowed in Monastir by the 100 footer|
|Karen gets a quick weaving lesson|
But no, Ahmed was not going to rest until we’d also provided sustenance for the poor starving weavers. He launched in to even more animated offerings with a flurry of new mats being rolled out all over the floor. ‘Buy this rug and I’ll give you this prayer mat free. I don’t want your friend to be angry for missing out so here, he can have one too’ and he stuffed a small mat into Phil’s shopping bag to go with his previous purchase. No amount of reasoning or excuses proved acceptable and in the end Rob stood up and said ‘Sorry, we are not buying anything. We don’t want to offend you any further so we’ll leave now,’ and we all headed for the door. At which Ahmed, with a great show of indignation grabbed Phil’s shopping bag and took back his bonus prayer mat. Priceless!
|How to look rediculous in one easy lesson|
|The mausoleum of President Habib Bourguiba is amazing|
|Karen & Phil get the sotry of the bronze doors from our man.|
|Atop the watchtower made famous by Monty Python|
|We loved Monastir and could of happily stayed there a while.|
|Solid bronze doors let the sun in on the President once a day|
|Karen wandering about to climb the watchtower|
|Views from the watchtower|
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