(I do apologize in advance, because I know I’ve posted too many pictures for this one segment…I did try to come back and split it up into two segments, but honestly don’t know how to do that, so have left it as is. It’s a learning experience.)
Our daily walks quickly became our favourite activity in Mahdia. We often took different streets each day and there were always interesting things to see everywhere we went. The architecture and the flora were different from ours back home in Canada, with date trees lining the streets and lemon and/or orange trees peeking over the walls that surrounded most of the private houses. It was difficult to narrow down what pictures to include here in this segment…here are a few snapshots of the kinds of things we saw while meandering through the streets of Mahdia.
ALONG THE SEASIDE TO THE OLD CITY AND THE MARITIME CEMETARY
One of our favourite routes to take was the sidewalk that ran beside the seashore. For one thing, there were no stairs, so it was much easier for my poor knee. And secondly, I love water, so I never tired of seeing the sea in all of its moods and colours. I took a lot of pictures of the water, but restrained myself and only included a few here.
Following this sidewalk all along the shore, we eventually come to the Old City of Mahdia with its 16th Century fortress and the unforgettable sight of the thousands of white gravestones in the Maritime Cemetery, founded in the 10th Century and still being used today. I honestly felt like I was somehow intruding and being disrespectful taking too many pictures of the individual tombstones, so I didn’t…but if you click on the link here, you can see some wonderful close-up pictures of many of the more interesting tombstones.
THE FLORA AND THE ARCHITECTURE
Here’s a mosaic of the different buildings, trees and flowers we passed in our meanderings. The building with the fish in front of it is a brand new condo building, and became our primary point of reference, we affectionately called it “the fish corner”, because it was just steps away from both the sea and the hotel, so we knew that if we were ever lost, we only had to find the water, then our fish corner and then we would know we were almost “home”. (We also found the best little laundry service right beside this fish building.)
JUST IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
We also enjoyed setting off in different directions and just walking around the neighbourhoods that we would find. We particularly enjoyed the various market scenes…I still would have liked to have taken a picture of the huge bin of fresh fish – but there weren’t any in the bin! They were all sold out by the time we got there. Oh well. Here’s what I did capture in those walks around the neighbourhood.
I was fascinated by the doors in Mahdia! Some were so elaborate for the size of the houses or buildings they were attached to. Here’s a mosaic of some of the more interesting doors that we passed in our daily walks.
AND THE BEST FOR LAST…BAKERIES!
Here are a few of our favourite things…my very favourites turned out to be anything with pistachios in them. The pistachio baklava was particularly memorable…
That’s it for today’s post…my next segment…a visit to the Mahdia Fishing Harbour…will be the last official chapter to this series. Part 10 will be a more informational piece with links and “before you go” advice and suggestions.