I spent most of the winter months and some spring months of 2017/2018 in Sicily, and now sailing again I am destined to reach Gran Canaria where the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) starts its journey across the Atlantic to the Caribbean in November.
My first stop is Sidi Bou Saïd in Tunisia where the local population are both tourist-friendly and sailor-friendly. Sidi Bou Saïd, which is close to both Tunis, the capital and to Carthage, an immense historical city, is popular with artists and has a blue-white theme for all buildings. The header photograph is Sidi Bou Saïd. I will stay for a few days and especially to pick up the best winds to carry me westward to Gibraltar where I will stay for the month of July.
It is nearing the end of Ramadan which gives the town a strange feeling…the few cafes and bars which remain open don’t serve food during daylight hours.
At nearly 2am one night I woke to the sound of footsteps on the boat! I opened the hatch and poked my head out to see a couple being photographed in their wedding outfits! How bizarre! Needless to say, they left me to drift back to sleep and safe in the knowledge that it wasn’t thieves….although a Hen Party would have been a welcome distraction!