Monday, 25 June 2007

Hammamet Part 2

Sunday 17 June started with a surprise for me, it was Father's Day in Britain and the kids got me presents and kept them in their bags, I got a card, a mug and a T-shirt, lovely :o)
as far as I remember poor fathers do not get a Father's Day in Libya!

That evening we went to Hammamet Yasmine which is a newly built village for tourists, it is full of luxury hotels and apartment buildings, a Theme Park called Carthage Land and my favourite which is a life size Old City replica built in beautiful details to look old, it is massive and includes many narrow shopping lanes, cafes and restaurants.

We took the kids to Carthage Land to play and was confronted with the same problem I found there 3 years ago, most rides are for children over 8 years old with very few rides for the younger children that my kids refused to get in as these rides were really for toddlers, I spoke to people working there that it was not fair to prevent youngsters who paid from playing and mentioned the fact that in the UK, most theme parks allow kids in bigger rides as long as a parent is present, they insisted it was a safety issue which they could not understand either but since the park was not busy they kindly allowed the kids to enjoy everything, we even stayed on rides for as many times as we wanted, I thank them for that.

They had 2 tigers and 2 lions in another cage inside Carthage Land but unfortunately the cages looked very small, had no proper outdoor area and really stunk, I felt sorry for the animals.

Camels were in the old city for the benefit of tourists


The replica Old City looking good at night

Back to our roots! our first time ever on a Camel :o)

Cute baby Camel

real life size elephants greet you at the entrance of the tourists city

Cute Baby Fennec Fox, these foxes are a native of North Africa and are very rare, I have written about them Here , while this little fox looked very clean and had a little mattress to sleep on, it did seem very floppy/sleepy even though it was night time and they are nocturnal, I wonder if it was drugged!!

The same man with the fox had an Owl as well, he looked very scary, I gave him some money after I took pictures of his animals, I didn't want him to put a curse on me :oS

More cute kittens, we played with them for a while, they had water and food placed near the entrance to their home.

Madeleine's picture was there in our hotel and many other places as well, I wonder how many missing Tunisian kids get their pictures plastered all over the place??
The journey back home was very tiring and again started with the custom man who was quite smiley but still subjected us to the long delay, father's name and computer clicking for about 15 minutes, he even asked me if I do go back to Libya, I told him that I do not wish to answer this question. As soon as he let us go, another customs officer came to me and asked me for my passport, I got very angry but kept calm, I told him I had just been subjected to that few minutes ago then I asked him why they were treating us like that? he looked angry and asked me what I meant, I told him that all the Europeans were passing no questions asked, even the single men, yet we are a family and got stopped twice in few minutes, he said he wanted to know if I had any Tunisian currency, I told him I have non and maybe he should ask some of the others the same question then I said that I like coming here for a holiday but this treatment just because we are the only non European people on this flight will make me think twice about coming here again, he almost threw the passports at me and went off looking very angry.

Well apart from the silly action of the custom officers, it was Alhamdulellah a lovely holiday and I hope inshaAllah to repeat it again and again.


42 comments:

a_akak said...
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a_akak said...

That was very nice of them to remember fathers day (unlike some i know :P) and the pictures again look wonderful and the children seem so happy, especially with that tiger :) and i must point out "you like a true tourist" lol in a good way :)

Thanks for the pic and take care

Fe aman allah

white african said...

mashallah how sweet of your kids aaaawwww bless :0)

you know th epicture of your kids posing next to a man selling fruit, it that dude real? or a statue?

glad you enjoyed yourself, you deserve it anglo :)

Gheriani said...

Very beautiful pics, good for you and the kids. Try Djerba next time.

Anglo-Libyan said...

Ahmed, congratulations for upholding your status as the first to comment :o)
I suppose I was a tourist, glad you enjoyed them and remember:
Father's Day nexy year :o)

whiteafrican, it is a statue, they have them every where in the tourists city, even the bins are shaped like people, they made a great job, good on them.
thanks for the kind comment :o)

Thank you dear Gheriani, my friends told me about Djerba, maybe next time inshaAllah :o)

Safia speaks said...

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Tunisian Border(line) Police, serving and protecting the (CIA) country against Libyan (tourists) terrorists! I told you before, you look like a terrorist, especially with children in your arms!!! LOL
Thumbs up for the bravery of telling the world (including the Tunisian Border police, too!) that you are coming back another time for Round 2...next time bring pictures of how they throw back your British passport ROTFL!

Back to serious: your family and you seemed to have had a nice holiday, amazingly a Libyan who never has been sitting on a naga?!?
Right! WHo are you trying to fool? The Tunisian Border police certainly didn´t fall for that one...sorry, can´t get back to serious! Better stop commenting for now ;-)

Romana said...

It was very nice of your children to remember you... makes me reflect what i did on that day!!! nothing!!! im sad now!!! my poor daddy wasnt remembered on this day!!!

ماشاء الله على اولادك، they're so cute and adorable انشاء الله يا رب يخفظهم لك و انت ليهم

The old city replica is beautiful, just beautiful!

dania2004 said...

hey anglolibyan.. long time.. no see!!! i was really busy (and still) that i couldn`t catch up with your updates .. but i`m really glad that you have a lovely time in Tunisia.. i like Tunis despite all the things that you just mentioned but still it has this mediteranian charm ..
happy father day.. your kids are adorable as always.. rabbi yohfodhom leek ( I noticed an increasing use of latin-written arabic which is funny ,, I`m trying to use it in my comments but its really hard )..

Um Dania

MaySoon said...

MashaAllah 3lehum raby e7'alehum ..

I hate customs officers, they always seem so pissed off! Maybe they feel the same way I do today working while everyone else is traveling..lol uhh anyway...

I'll consider visiting the replica city next time i'm in Tunisia.. :o) inshaAllah!

PH said...

Thanx for sharing the pictures I'm glad the kid enjoyed themselves as for the custom police ...... grrrrrr.
But the questions he asked you are very suspicious ...... did you tell him that you hadn't been to Libya for a long time or did he get that from the computer?

LovelyHibo said...

pictures look wonderful,Thanx for sharing the pictures.

Anglo-Libyan said...

Safia, I think you are right, maybe I do look like a terrorist :oS
as far as I remember, I have never been on a camel before :o)

romana, its nice to remember your dad but dads are very forgiving if you forget :o)
thanks for the nice comment.

salam Um Dania
long time indeed, thank you and hope to see more posts from you, as for the latin-arabic, I think we have damoon to blame :o)
hope inshaAllah Dania & her dad are well.

Maysoon you are right about custom men, maybe they are jealous?
yes go to Hammamet Yasmine next time, you will love it :o)

you are welcome ya ph.
I didnt tell him anything, he just asked if I have been to Libya lately, I really dont think that his computer should anything, I could see most of the screen and there was not much there :o)

you are most welcome dear sister hibo :o)

LovelyHibo said...

Offfffffff,i became older and I forget To say;
.HaPpY FaThEr DaY.

DaMoon said...

oh wow, mashallah Aida and Amir are just adorable and they looked like they were having real fun :o)
tbaid el Tshirt belhni o happy belated father's day, wallahi ur kids r very thoughtful mashallah....
I LOVED da baby fox, looked very fluffy and clean and makes u wanna hug him ganosha ganosha
thanks for sharing ur lovely moments with us and never mind ppl at customs they'r da worst everywhere....one of our visitors coming from houston was denied entery to Libya, simply because da stupid cutoms person didn't read his visa properly it was VALID
rabna ester o khalas

Anglo-Libyan said...

thanks hibo :o)

damoon, you are so kind :o)
both my kids wanted me to buy the fox, it really was very cute but unfortunately I could not buy it for them, imagine if I bring it to the UK, I will be in jail now :oS

Happymoi said...

aww mashallah rabi yu7fdlik ur kids and :)im sure u had a happy fathers day:)....im glad you enjoyed your trip..awesome pics..keep posting:)

Lebeeya said...

I love the tan :) beautiful pictures. The kids look really happy. Hell, I would be so happy if I was on a camel, standing next to a tiger, playing with a fox, and getting a tan :)

It was really thoughtful of the kids to get you something for fathers day. I am sure all credit goes to their mother :) God bless.

Anglo-Libyan said...

I am glad you liked them ya happymoi and thank you :o)

dear lebeeya :o)
I am sure you would be over the moon doing all that, inshaAllah you get to have a lot fun soon, you deserve it.
and yes you are right about the kids mum :o)

fatboy said...

wow u had a wonderful trip as always i really liked the tiger and the owl the fox was so so so beautiful and not to forget about the kittens :) and ur right the was really scary i think that he is a psycho and the camels were really lovely too

Anglo-Libyan said...

thanks dear fatboy
I had you in mind when I posted all the animal pictures, I knew you would like them :o)

ibeebarbie said...

Salam Anglo-Libyan,
What a wonderful narrative of your trip. So happy you and your family had a wonderful time with the exception of the custom officers with sticks up their butts.

So happy the kids/mum remembered you are father's day as I'm sure you do the same on Mother's day. More importantly I'm sure other days would be giving you the eye since you got such lovely gifts as opposed to some of the other last minute thoughtless gift dad's get. :0)

Anglo-Libyan said...

salam ibeebarbie
yes of course I always help the kids pick up a gift for their mum on Mother's day :o)
I did get useful gifts indeed, T-Shirt and the mug will replace my coffee mug at work which also was a gift from my kids 2 years ago

loza said...

weee really nice you have a sweetly children .... god protect them and bless them for you ... coz they remember your day .. so don't forget them day ;)

and I liked the fox picture it's look like so cute .. weeee so nice ...
and he's lucky coz he had a photo near sweetly girl like your daughter

and your lucky to got father's day ... really poor my father coz he didn't get it ... but I think I'll do that next year for him ...

Anglo-Libyan said...

thank you loza, that was very nice of you and yes inshaAllah next year you can remember father's day :o)

witness___ said...

I m so happy to know that u ve visited my country i would say to u and ur family wellcome even a little bit late

Anglo-Libyan said...

thank you witness, I tried to comment on your blog to tell you about this post but i dont think that it went through.
I loved visiting Tunisia and have a lot of beautiful memories there. nice people, nice country :o)

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