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Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Road to Marrakech

The spice markets in Marrakesh

“I believe that Marrakech ought to be earned as a destination. The journey is the preparation for the experience. Reaching it too fast derides it, makes it a little less easy to understand.” ― Tahir Shah, In Arabian Nights   Marrakech. Just the name solicits a rush, a place I have longed to see for as long as I can ...

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Edge of The Sahara

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“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams…” Antoine de Saint-Exupery – The Little Prince   Rose gold hills appear in the distance, looking like a mirage with the heat shimmer rising from the land between us and them. Yes…finally there were ...

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Berber Villages and Ski Resorts?

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“Time in the wild reminds me how much of what I ordinarily do is mere dithering, how much of what I own is mere encumbrance. The opposite of simplicity, as I understand it, is not complexity but clutter.” – Scott Sander   Leaving Fes, we head out, swapping train for the inevitable tourist mini-bus that always makes a show on ...

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Fes: A Sensory Overload

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“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling In a country that overwhelms your senses, Fes is a riot of colours, sounds and smells. To get lost in one of the almost 10,000 alleyways and streets of the medina is absurdly one of the biggest appeals of Morocco. Considered the medieval capital of ...

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Meknes: Imperial City

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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru   My perception of Morocco is deserts, camels and bedouin, at least til I arrived. It's the height of spring, but I'm surprised by ...

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Casablanca – The Extremes of Morocco

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” From far off, through circuitous corridors, came the scent of citrus-blossom and jasmine, with sometimes a bird’s song before dawn, sometimes a flute’s wail at sunset, and always the call of the muezzin…” ~ Edith Wharton In Morocco   41 hours of hellish flights and airport stopovers that were too long to be comfortable and too short to be ...

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The Back Roads of Morocco

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  “One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” ~ André Gide     We were finally venturing from our SE Asia safety net to lands unknown. Mysterious, exotic and perhaps a hint of danger   Once again we were mixing it up with a mixture of “organised” backpacking ...

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