Blogs from Chefchaouen, Tangier-Tétouan, Morocco, Africa - page 4


Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen May 22nd 2012

We set off for Tarifa, both now on F800GS, via the superb A-355(?) which swooped around the foothills of Marbella, winding slowly through its descent of the hills. As we approached the coast you were rewarded with pristine vistas of the med, dropping away far to your left in an azure blue sky and you could clearly see Gibraltar sat up proud and arrogant. Once we hit the coast motorway there was less interest until it again climbed near to Tarifa and at last you could see Africa looming as close as the Isle of Wight. Surely even Vince’s stomach would hold for that? Err no. We messed up the ferry times so had a 2 hour wait at the dock, but finally the catamaran got underway. Once Vince’s yawn rate exceed more than 2 a ... read more
Telephoto lens necessary
North African light...
Bruce trying his hand at driving the medina

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen April 1st 2012

Easter week brought with it a chance to travel, and Ben and I planned a trip to Morocco. Easter week is also very important in Spain with religious processions held daily, so I decided to shorten my trip to see some of them. We caught an early bus from Cadiz to Tarifa, where bought our ferry tickets before breakfast and went on a brief tour of Tarifa. The beach looked lovely, the sea was calm and for once there wasn't much wind, but we could see ominous dark grey clouds gathering all the way out to sea. The area around the port was very heavily fortified as Tarifa has been a frontier city since before the 8th century. We saw the Guzman Castle, an old Umayyad castle built around 970AD, but it was closed while we ... read more
blue streets of Chefchaouen
hobbit hole
view from a roof

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen March 13th 2012

Tuesday Day three This morning most of us were woken by the first call to prayer. At 5am. I awoke in surprise but was content in my sleeping bag listening to the closest call, the mosque being just behind the camping grounds, and could also hear another call from further away, both combining to make a lovely melodious tune. It was a less hurried morning as we weren’t leaving until 9am which gave us plenty of time. The conversation was lively in the truck as we made our way to Chefchaouen which I hadn’t been to on the previous visit to Morocco and was very much looking forward to. Eventually I drifted off to sleep and awoke to winding roads which took us high into the hills to a campsite that overlooked the valley below. Tents ... read more
Hot water, the old fashioned way

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen December 23rd 2011

We planned on staying 3 days in Chefchaouen, which is a small blue artists community in the Rif mountains. But, it was too cold for us. We short circuited our plans by a day. It's hard to photograph the pretty streets because their narrowness means that for most of the day they are in deep shadows. But, we did our best in the little time we had. It was cold, but sunny.... read more
Chefchaouen Medina
Art Supplies

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen April 24th 2011

The hotel breakfast was an ordinary, tasteless, carb-dominated affair of chewy roti, dry pastries and stale pittas - not impressed. The only things with any taste were some horrible olive-infused luncheon, hard-boiled eggs and some very salty olives. However, it was included in the price and I had a journey ahead of me so I force-fed myself as much breakfast as I could. The journey was one by bus from Tangier to Chefchaouen, a supposedly charming and picturesque town in the Rif Mountains. On arrival in Chefchaouen, my hostel directions say that the hostel is about a fifteen minute walk from the bus station - but it never said that it was a fifteen minute walk up. Looking at the very steep incline before me (as well as two stray cats shagging off the side of ... read more
Dead End
The Biggest Plate Of Couscous I Have Ever Seen (TM)

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen April 18th 2011

Droga na polnoc dosc toporna,godziny wyczekiwania na stopa. I trafila kosa na Meknes pierwsze miasto gdzie po czterech godzinach poddalismy sie i rozbilismy namiot,nie chcieli nas w zadnym hotelu :( Rano poczulismy sie jak w Europie.Pojawila sie policja ale nie by nas pogonic jak to u nas bywa,ale by przestrzec bysmy tu nie zostawali na noc bo bardzo niebezpiecznie. Powiedzielismy im ze,czemu spalismy juz dzis i bardzo spokojnie bylo. No,ale my mamy super ochrone,ze powinni tez sprobowac , usmiali i poszli. Zawitalismy w miasteczku o dosc ciekawej historii,Szafszawan po berbersku "patrz na szczyty" i rzeczywiscie miasteczko otoczone poteznymi gorami Rif. Zdziwilismy sie troche, bo temperatura prawdopodobnie taka jak w Polsce nie przekracza 20stopni. Miasto zalozone pod koniec pietnastego wieku,zaczelo sie rozwijac wraz z osiedlaniem uchodzcow z podbijanej przez ... read more
blue dream

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen March 14th 2011

I have to admit that I’ve spent the last three weeks attending school rather intermittently. My week is already only 4 days long and we were given last Monday off because Christmas fell on a Sunday last year. Yes, the Barcelona government felt they didn’t receive enough vacation time during the holidays this year (Christmas is huge here – they were celebrating their biggest part of Christmas when I arrived on January 6th) and was generous enough to declare a city-wide holiday last Monday. I didn’t mind. In the last three weeks I’ve found myself in Africa, Ireland, and the south of Spain. It hasn’t left much time for school, or blogging, but today I find myself back in Barcelona sitting in a café, sipping on my Café Jamaica (yum), watching the rain pound on the ... read more
couscous - amazing dinner the night
pool at our hotel.

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen March 11th 2011

SOLITARY CAT, CHEFCHAOUEN, MOROCCO Admiring this surreal image, viewers first think that the extensive Delft Sky blue has been achieved with a computer-generated program, realizing quickly that the cat’s fur, although not as white as it could be, certainly is not blue. Chefchaouen, the name itself extraordinary, is unlike anywhere else in the world. Although the blue is not restricted to Chefchauoen (also called Chaouen, Xaouen), nowhere else in North Africa is this dreamlike colour given such prominence, with such impact. The entire residential area of the medina, a walled city section featuring constricted labyrinthine lanes, displays spectacular hues of blue, a shadowy dark shade nearest the earth, fading in phases, with the upper walls a powdery blue-white. Sheltered by steep hills, Djebala tribespeople settled in this remote, isolated area in 1471 A.D. welcoming only Mu ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen March 2nd 2011

Exploring the South Highlights of our tour of the south of the High Atlas was a shortish stay at Tafraoute where we used the bike to visit some strange painted rocks out of town. This proved to be our most southerly stop and we then started our slow journey north to the ferry. We meant to skirt Agadir, rebuilt after the deverstating earthquake in 1962, but drove straight through the centre and up the coast. On to Essaouria a lovely resort of some age having been founded by the Phoenicians or earlier. A gull knocked over Lesley's wine glass while we were having a fish lunch as it dived for her food. We ate the food but left the plates early to move from the ogling gulls (and cats). Marrakech This city was a different type ... read more
Cat awaiting
Lunch Stop

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen January 6th 2011

Our ferry back to Spain inexplicably stopped at Gibraltar so I guess technically we’re in the UK right now, hoping that the next stop for this giant ship is Algeciras, where we were supposed to be heading. There was probably some fine print (or even large print with my suspect Spanish skills) that mentioned that the half hour Tanger Med to Algeciras trip was actually a four hour trip on Fridays. Ahhh…the daily trevails of traveling. Good thing we didn’t plan to accomplish much today. We’ll just glorify it as a 3-country day cruise: ‘See Morocco, England and Spain in a day!’ After arriving Wednesday in Tanger Med on the Moroccan coast we were met by our host Terry who came along for the taxi ride in order to hit the supermarket in Tetouan on the ... read more
pizza hut, Moroccan style
mountains near Chaouen
looking down on Chaouen

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