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Restaurant Ellafi serves good local dishes. There is plenty to eat. For example we had a salad and a couscous and could hardly eat everything ! The owner is very friendly and speaks a perfect French. The meal costs only 5 euros/person. They serve beer.
Favorite Dish: The couscous is very good.
Updated Nov 13, 2004
The Lezard Rouge is a restored version of the train used by the last Bey (ruler in Ottoman period) in the 19th century. Some of the seats in the carriages are the original 19th century leather seats though you'll have to arrive early to get these. The train travels at 19th century speeds as well and it takes almost 2 hours including stops for the 32km journey. It costs 20 Dinar per person, quite expensive in my view, and the only Tunisians you'll see on board are the staff. There are 5 trips a week at 10am on Tuesday and Thursday and 10.30 on Sunday, Monday and Friday. We booked tickets in advance by calling the number below and most people we spoke to had done the same though I reckon you could show up on the day and buy a ticket then. Ticket sales by phone are not in English. French or Arabic only.
Updated Aug 13, 2006
Phone: 76 241 469
The train was supposed to leave at 10am and it was already full by about 9.45 but more and more tourists kept arriving in their tour groups. By 10.15 people were getting impatient but we were delayed waiting for another tour group who didn't arrive until 10.25. I'm guessing their tour leader must have phoned ahead and asked for a delayed start.
We had chosen to stand at one of the entrances to the carriages and unlickily we rere right near the entrance to the station so most of the latecomers came on our carriage right where we were standing.
Written Aug 13, 2006