jeudi 2 août 2012

A postcard from Tunisia

For the second in our series of summer postcards, Nettement Chic is bound for Tunisia in the delightful company of Febronie, founder of the beautiful e-shop of the same name. Her products are made and sourced in Tunisia and she visits at least twice a year.

Nettement Chic (NC): Why Tunisia and since when?
Febronie : My parents have lived in Hammamet in Tunisia for the past 8 years. I started coming here to see them for holidays and now I also come to source and make new products and see my suppliers. I absolutely adore it. The Tunisians are delightful and want the best for their country. The revolution has given them increased freedom and I hope that the road to democracy will be a calm one.

NC: What are your tips for a nettement chic day in Hammamet?
Febronie : Start the day with a walk on the beach, then lose yourself amongst the blue and white houses in the Medina and head for the central market to buy fabulous spices and vegetables.

For lunch I recommend the pool house at the Sindbad, the chic-est hotel in Hammamet. The pizza with tuna and the spaghetti with grouper are amazing. And the hotel's shop, owned by Samira, is one of the best places to buy Tunisian products (Febronie's baskets, foutas and scarves are sold there.). The restaurant on the beach is also a favourite lunch spot, not least for its fabulous views of the Medina.

I would also recommend spending a day visiting the Gulf of Tunis and in particular La Marsa and Sidi Bou Said, which is not unlike Taormina in Sicily. The Le Golfe restaurant in La Marsa is just magical.

NC: What is the indispensable item of clothing for a day on the beach in Tunisia?
Febronie : A fouta from Febronie for lunch at the pool house. And a panama to keep the sun at bay.

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