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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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Cat Poo Coffee Anyone?

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While this is primarily a trip about relaxing, we are rarely a couple to sit around and do nothing for too long and after a week or so we tend to find relaxing, not so relaxing. Not being our first trip to Bali, we’ve already seen many of the typical highlights – Tanah Lot, Uluwatu, Mt Batur, The Monkey Forest, ...

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Silence is Golden

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The sound of silence… No horns beeping… No bustle of the morning markets… No local shopkeepers shouting to each other as they open for the days tourist trade….. No men shouting “Taxi” or “Transport” to tourists wandering the streets. In fact no tourists. At least not on the streets of Bali. Not today. Today is Nyepi. Nyepi is arguably the ...

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Eat, Pray, Love…Really?

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The pre-holiday holiday is about letting go of work, our day to day lives and recharging, in preparation for the big adventure, which is what has led us to Ubud in the first place. Ubud seems to have become the mecca for Yoga acolytes and alternative health types from all over the world as well as those on a “journey ...

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The “Pre-Holiday” Holiday Philosophy

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Many people have laughed and given Scott and I grief about taking a pre-holiday holiday. There is however “method in the madness” as they say. Our big adventure (or endless summer – as we’ve nicknamed our five month sojourn around North Africa, Middle East and Europe) is not so much a time out as an opportunity to cram as many ...

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