Dear Morocco

I’d been meaning to drop by for a while now, sorry I took so long. It was quite something to be engulfed in your sweet spicy air and terracotta backdrop. I must say though, your medina in Marrakech was a bit scary as I span around in a whirlwind of music, animals, prayer chants, snake […]

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Rumour Has it: Morocco

Should you believe all the hype about Morocco? People who have been to Morocco seem to have quite strong opinions about the place, I guess that’s because it’s such a distinct country and culturally rich experience (certainly not a predictable and run of the mill holiday destination). Here are a few of my ‘before and […]

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Out And About Morocco #3

More snapshots from Morocco to inspire a trip or bring back some familiar memories; whichever is the case, I hope you enjoy! For years I had felt like every other person I spoke to had been to Morocco apart from me – yet I’d been saying I wanted to go there for many many years. […]

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The Hollywood of Morocco: Ait Benhaddou

On our way to the Sahara desert we stopped off at Morocco’s well known High Atlas Mountain Hollywood territory, the Red Citadel of Morocco, Citadel of Ait Benhaddou in the town of Ouarzazate. Some of the many films made on this North African set include: Game of Thrones Asterix Jesus of Nazareth Lawrence of Arabia […]

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Berber People and the High Atlas Mountains

One guide expressed that in Casablanca and Marrakech, “people are always running, rushing around, they have everything the need but they’re never happy, they’re always wanting more” namely money. By contrast “Berber people live simple lives and make the most of the resources they have”. When we visited a Moroccan Berber home, the man of […]

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Maison Tiskiwin: Musée Bert Flint Museum, Morocco

Another Moroccan tourist highlight is the quaint ‘Maison Tiskiwin’ which houses an impressive collection of Moroccan art work, and artefacts from Bert Flint’s art collection. There are strong Berber/African/Saharan themes running through the collection and the riad style house is built around small decorative courtyard.  

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Bahai Palace, Marrakech

Yes, it’s one of the most commonly talked about tourist attractions in Marrakech and seems like absolutely everyone goes there, but I thought Bahai Palace was impressive and worth the whistle stop visit. Everywhere you look there are ornate arches, exquisite ceilings, handsome doors and colourful mosaics, just lovely! It’s a fairly new build, completed […]

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Out and About Morocco #2

Hand made items and the opportunity to see local people making and producing them is always a real privilege to witness when visiting another country. Moroccan Argan oil takes a lot of nimble fingers and repetitive manual labour to extract for our use; seeing the process from start to finish was very interesting, whilst the […]

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Out and About Morocco

More Morocco memories – including the endless servings of food at a riad in Marrakech. After around the fourth course I asked one of our lovely waiters ‘if that was it’ – are we done – he said yes. Two minutes later he’s back with more dishes and plates filled with food, and fresh knives […]

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Move Over Marrakech: We’re Off to Essaouira

There’s a lot of hype around Marrakech, it’s usually the first place you think of when talk turns to Morocco and everyone, their friend, neighbour, grandad and great aunt seems to have been or are planning to go there these days. Marrakech has surged in the ranks of popular tourist destinations, particularly in the UK […]

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Salinas Salt Mines, Cape Verde

You will be encouraged to go for a dip in one of the salt lakes, and experience the feeling of the dead sea – you won’t sink. The salt and minerals in the water are good for your skin too. I had my swimsuit on under my clothes, fully intending to get in, but it […]

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Driving around Sal

It’s not all turquoise beaches and tourist resorts. Cape Verde is slowly developing and building its tourist industry, but still suffering deeply with poverty. The buildings are very colourful, there never seemed to be two buildings the same colour side by side. The roads are not all typical tarmac, sometimes a left or right turn takes […]

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Rumour Has It….Cape Verde

As usual, I spent a lot of time scouring reviews and reading up on this destination well before my holiday. Desperate for some winter sun, Cape Verde seemed like an ideal choice from the UK, not quite long haul but plenty of hot sunshine, apparently. Funny how two people can go to the exact same […]

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Tunisia Trip

Despite the frightening March 2015 incident that took place in Tunisia’s capital a week before, we went ahead with our all inclusive holiday to Sousse (just under 2 hrs from the capital, in one of the quieter tourist areas). On  reflection we thought it was probably one of the safest times to visit as security […]

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