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Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen February 8th 2010

CHEFCHAOEUN Day 19 After many hours of bus and ferry and bus again I arrived in Chefchaoeun, which is a Rif mountain town in Morocco. The ferry took forever to get there and the bus took even longer. I didn’t get into the town until 10:30pm, which would have been fine if the taxi drivers didn’t have some random day off resulting in no way to get from the bus station to the hostel. Did I mention it was pouring rain!?!? Luckily, a girl came along and offered to walk myself and 3 Italians, 2 girls and 1 guy, to a hotel. The walk was long and took much longer because we had to stop and wait for the Italians to catch up. We finally arrived at the hotel just as the man was locking ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen September 21st 2009

Chefchaouen September 21-22 Two buses and a ferry got us to Tangier in Morocco. It was immediately apparent that we had arrived in a very different country. Tangier had a lot of development of high rise buildings happening, I’m not sure if it was for tourism or for business being such a close port to Spain. The surrounds were very much like a half completed building site, and it seemed like a big wind had blown loose rubbish around everywhere. The streets were very crowded. With many in traditional dress. However, it was surprising how many women did not wear the head scarf. Fortunately our leader had arranged local transport to Chefchaouen instead of the 5 hours that had been the previous time, we should got there in about 2 hours, listenting to techno music and ... read more
White and Blue painted streets
Archway
Decorative doors at every turn

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen May 16th 2009

Day Tour: Fez on a Friday Getting there and away: Take a petit taxi to the Medina. You don't speak French or Arabic well enough, nor do you know the area, so don't even bother trying to ask for a specific entrance--just let him drop you off wherever he feels like, and pretend that's what you wanted the whole time. Spend a half hour or so trying to find your way in through a back alley. Activities: BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE TANNERIES. You will have at least 100 + people remind you of this during your day in the Medina. And they will all be more than willing to show you the way. Choose the "guide" that follows you the longest, as his persistance obviously means that he is trustworthy. Orientation: You WILL get ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen January 18th 2009

January 1 - 4, 2007 Monday We left Hotel Ibis at 10 am and took a cab to the CTM office for the 11 am bus. At the bus station we met a law student from Toronto, fresh from a semester in England, who started talking to Roger while Amy was in the bathroom. We chatted with him for a bit and tried to sit by each other on the bus. Contrary to Amy’s research, the Moroccans do care very much about keeping assigned seats and we were unable to sit together. We spent the bus ride sleeping and gazing out the window and found the open, rocky countryside outside of Fes to be very distinctive and, pardon the lazy comparison, as if straight from a movie. Rocky plains, olive trees twisted from the harsh climate ... read more
The Band
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Chefchaouen at Night

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen November 16th 2008

Already 3 week spent in Morroco, time flies ! My favourite places are: *Chefchaouen: This cute little town in surrounded by mountains and canabis farms :) The vatmosphere is very friendly and most walls inside the medina (old town) are painted in blue. *Merzouga: Very touristy but still enjoyable, that's the place with the highest sand dunes in morroco (up to 300) meters. Riding a camel for hours is an interesting experience and sandboarding was both difficult and great. *Taroudannt: The southern part of morroco that we visited, close to the snow pics, this city is surrounded by antic walls. We went to a palm tree oasis nearby, very pretty :p In comparison, the big cities like Marrakesh and Fes were a bit disapointing. Too many people, too many hagglers, I felt more like a "ressource", ... read more
Street marble
Moroccon trekkers

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen November 12th 2008

Glen Fucking Hoddle! The very man was on my flight to gib. Fantastic omen. Other than that gib is a bit soul less, its got a massive rock that I walked up in converse and skinny jeans. Chaffage and pain. The monkeys are a devious bunch of bastards. Just ask kate that is one granola bar down and mike who got sucker punched in the stomach by one. Bad times. Now in Morocco of all places. Freezing in the morning, boiling at noon. Hygiene level is already pretty low. Shower to follo later this evening. 10 dirham for a hot one. Shower that is. I should just say that I am typing this on a keyboard that is formatted to an arabic setting and has very tiuny english leters on it that dont correlate to a ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen August 31st 2008

I'm currently enjoying the beautiful idle of Chefchaouen and, as your keen senses have I am sure detected, not at home- I have at this stage just a little more money then I expected, so I thought I'd stick around for another week or so. Besides, this plaace has moutains, lots of mountains. I like mountains.... read more

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen August 7th 2008

Hello..?? is there a taxi in the house? Obviously not, or not enough anyhow. The quick CTM bus trip from Fes left us at a building site in downtown Chaouen. The local chaffeurs hadn't been briefed on the location of the new Gare Routiere and it took us the best part of an hour to hail one to get us up to the Hotel Tabouta. A bad start got better though as we discovered why this small Rif valley town has become a bit of a haven for backpackers in recent years. I would liken it too Pai in Thailand for anyone who has been. The slow pace, low hassle vibe was just what we needed after 3 big cities on the trot. Hotel Batouta wasn't a bad start. It was cosy and had a nice ... read more
Rif farmers daughter

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen July 26th 2008

We arrived to Chefchaouen on the 24th. I had really been looking forward to coming here and, aside from being smack in the middle of the Sahara, this is my favorite place so far in Morocco. The town is nestled in the Atlas mountains in the north. The city is built into the mountains so the streets are winding and very steep and there are many sets of uneven, steep stones stairways. The city earned it's nick-name "The Blue City" because the majority of the walls and doors and stairs (pretty much anything you can paint) are whitewashed various shades of blue and periwinkle. It makes the town soooo beautiful and the color is very calming and seems to make things cooler amongst the heat. There is no humidity here...in the shade it is quite cool, ... read more
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the main square in Chefchaouen
entrance to our hotel

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen June 20th 2008

I have now officially been to 4 continents! I doubt I got the full scope of Africa, but it was a start. At the beginning, on Friday, we left Granada around 1:30 in the afternoon to drive to Algeciras where we caught the ferry to Ceuta. Ceuta is right across the straight of Gilbralter (we saw the Rock) and is technically still Spainish territory. Interesting Factoid about Ceuta, it is where Franco declared The Spanish Civil War: we saw the building (from a bus) Anyway, once we reached the continent of Africa, we still hadn't reached Morocco. Customs took forever; they are very stirct. Its one of the political problems plaguing Spain at the moment (immigration, etc) If you need an analogy, think Cuba...except Spain trades with Morocco. Anyway, we finally got through cutoms and reached ... read more
The Rock of Gibraltar
a little windy on the ferry..
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