Wednesday, 29 September 2010

El Jem, Tunisia

It's pouring it down and I'll have to go out in a moment, to pick up a parcel from the post office in Dudley town centre as the postman was too lazy and just pushed a "sorry, you were out" card through the mailbox - when I was actually IN, and so was one of Matt's brothers. Why can't they ring the doorbell, surely it can't be THAT hard?! Grrr.

I'm so jealous of one of my colleagues at my volunteering job - she's going to Morocco this weekend on holiday. I wish I could go there, too. Or somewhere else where it's WARM. Tunisia wouldn't be bad, either, and it's so beautiful over there! I recently received a postcard from a postcrosser who went on holiday in Tunisia. She saw this impressive amphitheatre there amongst other things.

The impressive ruins of the largest colosseum in North Africa, a huge amphitheatre which could hold up to 35,000 spectators, are found in the small village of El Jem. This 3rd-century monument illustrates the grandeur and extent of Imperial Rome. [source]

The stamp is from a set of 4 stamps issued in 2009, depicting Fruits of Tunisia. This one here is Cherry (one of my favourite fruits!!).


Serena said...

It may not have been the postman's fault. My postman was very annoyed sometimes when he had only been given a "sorry you were out" card for me but hadn't been given the parcel. He would automatically fill it in for me, requesting the parcel be delivered the following day (as I'm housebound, he knew I'd be there)!

I suspect this happens quite often in built up areas, where the postman has to carry all the post for his round. If there's too much to carry, parcels get left behind. As my postman delivers by van, there was less excuse around here.

Anu said...

Mmmmm... but still, they shouldn't lie to paying customers. said...

Yes, the Colosseum/amphitheater in El-Jem, Tunisia is both huge and spectacular. Just in the nearby of El-Jem there is a Town called Boumerdès where they have on November 26, 27 & 28, 2010 a fantastic must see cultural event called the "Boumerdès Tastes of Culinary Heritage Celebration: Olive Oil & Traditional Bread Festival". Visitors/Tourists will enjoy the tasty and aromatic traditional food/cuisine/gastronomy during the Festival and then or before visit the Collosseum in El-Jem which is just at 20 minutes from Boumerdès and could swim (yes even in November) in the wonderful beaches of Mahdia (just 1/2 hour from Boumerdès). For more information on the Culinary festival you can contact the organizer (i.e. the ASVB - a local not-for-profit association) by email at