Phil's Journey through Journalism

Took a couple of days to explore Lisbon. Highlights Pena and Geronimoes cathedral


Djerba, Tunisia 🇹🇳

Phil's Journey through Journalism

Where to start. Home of Star Wars and fun in the sun beach hotels. The Raddison Blu has a great seaside location with private security and a health spa.

Last day in Sidi Bou Said meant early lunch then short internal flight
Lamb a little like Turkish Kebab

The flight from Sidi Bou Said was short and if not a little bumpy on landing but wild flamingoes on the drive in made the trip worthwhile instantly. Keep posted.

Sidi Bou Said, Tunis

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Welcome to Sidi Bou Said, the Santorini of Tunisia. Among the blue doors and white roofs are 500 year old houses full of wares and ornately decorated with Islamic inscription. I stop for a mint tea, buy a Chechia, hand made rug and an olive tree decoration.

I’ve been welcomed by many, not too pressured though I’m well used to the bargining game. The views to Carthage are great. Potentially steer clear of the cheap jewellery but the ceramics are well renowned. It is already only day one and I’ve been tempted by leather bags. Temperatures of 20oC is not too warm though hot enough to be out in shorts and nylon shirt.

Yellow and Blue doors are works of art
View towards the Roman ruins of Carthage
A Medina in the town centre
Shops hide rich architectural designs

Carthage, Bardo Museum and Djerba are all to play for.

St Patrick’s homeland and the Lecale way

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Took a visit on a Monday morning to Downpatrick. Failed attempt to get to the new Athlos store though the Quoile River proved a remedy to intense work patterns.

Stroll along the Quoile was relaxing

Highlights included St Patrick’s grave overlooking the Mourne Mountains, Quoile Castle ruins and a male-female duck pair. Work being completed on Jane’s launch meant I had to reroute towards Downpatrick Mound.

Bridge on the Quoile is well preserved
The area is well signposted