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Marrakech from 05/06/2013 to 08/06/2013... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz March 2nd 2014

High Atlas Mountains - 08/06/2013... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Ouarzazate March 2nd 2014

Ouarzazate and AitBenHaddou from 08/06/2013 to 09/06/2013... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech February 27th 2014

I'm loathe to admit it, but I must be only moderately attractive because he obviously wasn't aroused when he showed me his ... you know ... stuff. OK, raise your hand if you've ever found yourself sitting naked except for your Hanes' boxer underwear on a hot, wet, polished cement floor, surrounded by men, young and old, who speak only Arabic. Then one well-proportioned young fellow looks directly at you, right at YOU, and discretely lowers the band of his shorts displaying his junk with a come hither look. But seriously, this was the admittedly surreal vision in front of me as I sat in a traditional Moroccan "Hammam" (Public Bath) within the Souk of Marrakech. Let's move on, we can come back to this later. ....................................…. A Day's Journey Our day began bright and clear, ... read more
Playing in Ifrane
Just another Canadian in Morocco...
Congestion in Jemaa el-Fnaa Square…

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Africa » Morocco » Fès-Boulemane » Fes February 26th 2014

There is mystery and music and intrigue for me in the names Fez and Marrakech. They sound exotic and foreign and romantic. Maybe even a touch dangerous or threatening. I feel some excitement at the thought of seeing, feeling, hearing, even tasting the experience of locales that have only been names until now. Both of these Moroccan cities have been immortalized in popular songs of my era: "The Fez" by Steely Dan in the 1970's which is actually using fez as a slang term for condom, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash 1969 song "Marrakech Express", written by Graham Nash after a 1966 train ride from Casabla... read more
YEP, I got my Fez on in Fez!!
An Overview of Part of Fez
Ancient Gateway to University in Fez

Africa » Morocco » Grand Casablanca » Casablanca February 23rd 2014

The Moroccan policeman has a smile on his face that looks pasted-on friendly but it's pretty clear to us all that there's serious intent as he reaches forward and touches my arm over and over. Even our ever-smiling guide Redouane ("Red-One") has lost the happy light in his eyes. But that's not important just yet ... let's go back just a bit. ................................ RABAT, Morocco It's like a symphony performed with the lights turned out. The sounds float on the cool pre-dawn air into our hotel room through the window left open to allow fresh air that won't come from the non-functioning A/C unit. First, the sweetly lyrical but haunting chant crying out through the loudspeaker that calls the Muslim faithful to the first of their 5 times daily prayer. Then a... read more
As Time Goes By...
Local Casablanca Woman in Hijab
Night Flight Leaves Dallas for Madrid

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen February 7th 2014

Chefchaouen (hereafter referred to as Chef' as I'm tired of writing it in full. That AOUE thing is a chore somehow) is located on a Rif Mountainside about 4 hours drive North from Fes. You can take a bus for 70 Dh from Fes or you can opt for a driver if you plan to stop along the way. In that case you will pay 800 Dh. Our driver was a Berber from the Sahara who had swapped his camel for an old Mercedes 240D. Morocco is not what we expected. It is as green as Ireland and as fecund as Vietnam. Vast fields of food crops tended to by men, donkeys and dogs. Beautiful rolling hills covered in fuzzy, silver-green olive trees. People along the road man large produce stands that hold the largest strawberries ... read more
Karlie, Abbie, KJ and 'Funami'
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Reda, Mike, Santana and Karlie

Africa » Morocco » Fès-Boulemane » Fes February 3rd 2014

Financially bloodied but unbowed we slipped out of Germany via RyanAir. For those of you unfamiliar with this airline it is the European equivalent of the US based carrier; Spirit Air, in that they have great teaser rates to get you on-board their planes and then nickle-dime you to death on every little thing like overweight luggage and too large carry-ons and half a can of Coke for $3.50 and on and on and on. Karen and I have always traveled light so we were unphased by Ryans' profit making machinery. Others aboard our flight were not so lucky. Ryan uses the Frankfurt/ Hahn airport which sounds like it's in Frankfurt but, in fact, it is a 2-hour drive West of the city proper. There are buses running to the airport from all major train stations ... read more
Karen Arrives In Africa
And The Winner Is....
Fountain In Courtyard Of Our Riad

Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Agadir February 2nd 2014

Morocco’s an incredible study in contrasts, from language to landscape and everything in-between. Though we were only there for a week, we got a chance to do a bit of exploring, seeing some of nearby Agadir — which included spending time at its souk, the third-largest in North Africa. We also enjoyed several excursions to Tagazhout, a favourite spot with surfers, which included having an authentic tagine with chicken, merguez, roasted vegetables and real couscous — not the kind that comes from a cardboard box as you’d typically find in Canada. With bright bold colours, friendly locals, tasty food, and an off-the-beaten-path kind of vibe, Morocco's the kind of place that calls for more than one visit.... read more
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