Sidi Bou Said Strolls “Taret el Barka”


18:00. Sidi Bou Said.

I invite an Algerian friend to sip tea with pine nuts in Sidi Bou Said. Proud of the beauty of this tourist spot so dear to the Tunisians, I give myself the light step. A delightful calmness hangs over the village and the few passersby who taste a “bambalouni”, sip a coffee or conversing enjoying a beautiful sunset there by their presence adds charm and dynamism.

Going down the stairs, I hear him coming off the call to prayer “salat el Maghreb”. By bringing me the famous Café mats, I hear ululating and laughter. A group of young women dressed in caftan around a bride. I think that this is probably the day before the funeral of her girl’s life . They prance, play and abuse selfies on the famous steps of the coffee.

You will may-be  laugh at it but for me, Sidi Bou Said goes with a tea with pine nuts and jasmine bouquet. The seller of the corner bed in my thoughts. He approaches with finesse: “A Mechmoum A necklace or Jamsin Fell???”. I smile and reach out and take the bouquet. He insisted the necklace. My friend wants to pay both. 9DT!

I am astonished by telling the salesman: “You abuse!” He said dryly: “! It’s the price” Really ! Angry, I retorted: “continue to abuse … In the coming days, have 20, 30 and why not 50 or 100 Dt There is already nobody left to buy at this price. Continue! el barka taret ”

The seller strangely looked at me and said: “You really think that I carry bad luck. You really think we lose baraka because of jasmine?” … He walks away shouting.

I smiled, thinking of this revolution … so-called jasmine!


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One of the most Tunisian Journalist and communications expert, Founder of 1001Tunisie travel magazine. and 1001Tunisie Directory, worked as Adviser to the minister of tourism in Tunisia and won the Google Innovation Award (Tunisia - 2013). Mrs Djait is so passionate about the beauty of her country, knows every corner and collaborated on several books, TV programs and development projects.


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