Al Fayoum: one of Egypt’s oldest cities and home to a large fertile basin in the middle of the desert. Often (erroneously) referred to as an oasis, the area is a charming amalgamation of lush farmlands, powder perfect dunes, glasslike saltwater lakes, and awe-inspiring archaeological sites.
Our view on the drive over was littered with thriving plots of sugarcane and wheat crops guarded by galabeya-wearing scarecrows (much to my ausement). Proud white herons elegantly loiter in the marshes while burly buffalo laze in the shade of lanky date palms. Watching these idyllic scenes whir past, it’s hard to believe that it’s a mere two hours south of Cairo.
My parents and I decided to make a (very) impromptu trip to Fayoum at the end of last month. The whole plan came together within about 45 minutes and before I knew it I had scouted a pet-friendly villa on booking.com and packed a bag for a two-night stay. We headed out early the next morning and made it to Tunis Village just in time for brunch.
At first glance, you might say that Tunis Village looks like your average small Egyptian neighbourhood, but it is in my opinion the antithesis of average. The air is clean, the people incredibly warm, and the streets are positively teeming with character at every twist and turn. Historically a little-known fishing community on the shore of Lake Qaroun, Tunis Village is now regarded as a hub for art, culture and most importantly, handmade pottery.