Tunisia: Land of the Jasmine

10.03.2011


There's a distinct smell about Tunisia in North Africa.. Fresh jasmine everywhere – in the markets, on the streets, and I was given a number of fragrant flower necklaces as a sign of welcome. Supposedly, a man who wears jasmine on his left ear indicates that he's single and proves his love by offering white jasmine while giving someone an odorless winter jasmine is seen as an arrogant lack of respect. Interesting right?

Anyhoo, as usual, I didn't spend nearly enough time in Tunisia since I was only there for a few days for a wedding. The bride (who's American) got henna on her hands and wore an embroidered gold wedding piece passed on to her by her mother-in law. I did get to Hammamet and Sidi Bou Said (pronounced sah-eed) which were fantastic. The architecture was beautiful and the Tunisian people could not have been more accommodating and generous. I found this authentic yellow kaftan dress and was sold with the intricate hand embroidered design of the front. What do you think, do I blend in well with the locals? LoL..



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22 comments:

adele said...

Love all the bright blue against the white buildings xoxo
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ML said...

You totally blend in with the locals. While I was reading I was wondering where did you meet this local women (no comment on that lol). Dress definitely suits you :) Such an amazing photos.
Have a spectacular day,

xoxo
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Fakhra's said...

lovely pic, and kaftan is wowwwwwwwww.yellow is innnn...:)

eleni said...

seems such an amazing place! i really wanna visit it! xx

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Jennifer Leible said...

That dress is absolutly gorgeous! I want one! You definitely fit in well! Also love that big blue door photo!!

Jennifer Leible said...

Love that dress! It is absolutely gorgeous!! I want one! :) You definitely fit in well with the locals! Also I love the picture of the big blue door!

Confessions of the Psycho Cat said...

Lorena, I love your outfit, you look lovely :)

LORENA said...

@ ML - Not sure I follow what you mean on your question about the local woman? LoL.. The other girl in the photos is my friend who was having her wedding party in Tunisia Henna on the hands is part of their tradition and the gold embroidery to the right is part of the wedding vest passed to her my her mother in law.. Hope that answers your question!

Anonymous said...

Almost...

Looks so warm there. How I crave the warmth right now. I'm about to do something rash.

Cynthia said...

Beautiful colors! Maurenice (www.villa-bisono.com) is helping me revamp my bedroom, and we are going for a blue, white, yellow theme. I see that this theme is following me around. And yes, you do blend in with the locals. That yellow looks GORGEOUS on you.

Villa Bisono said...

So I just wrote a long comment and it didn't go through. Anyways, Lorena you look absolutely gorgeous and exotic. The yellow color suits you so well and when I saw you next to the blue door reminded me of the inspiration behind Cynthia's room. Tunisia is def. on my list of places to visit...would love to go to Djerba.

LORENA said...

@ Cynthia and VIlla Bisono - Can't wait to see what you have in store for this blue and white inspired room! Sounds really interesting and funny how the colors keep following you cynthia, LoL

Tunisia is a definite 'go back to' place..

Thanks everyone!

Dreaming of Palm Trees said...

All of the turquoise is magnificent! And your dress is stunning! Great photos, thanks for sharing!

Mimi said...

i can see from your photos that tunisia is such a beautiful place! and your dress is also absolutely gorgeous! :)

<3, Mimi
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Jessica said...

lovely pictures! especially love the one of you in front of that beautiful blue door. You are so gorgeous!

kath said...

beautiful photos and that's a lovely kaftan :)

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Caradee: Fashion GirlOnTheGo said...

you are gorgeous! Looks like such a great time, i want to travel the world so this makes me so jealous :P
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Fabrizia said...

The yellow dress is amazing on you, you look so fab! Come and visit my blog, and if you like it, follow me, I'll be waiting for you!

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Clara Turbay said...

Loving this blog!

Destiny - Yankeenaijachick + Success said...

love the dress, very pretty on you! Love reading your blog and travel stories!

Thailand Holidays said...

I love your blog. It seems like a nice place; nice view and scenery. I like the dress and henna, looks good on you.

Send SMS Thailand said...

Where in the world is Tunisia? Looks like it is bound by beautiful sea and a land locked with Jasmines.

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