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Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tangier January 18th 2020

18th January 2020 We werent going to eat last night given the amount of lunch we'd had, but I started getting peckish at around 8...I did have half a taco after all. Shane isnt going to have anything. He's still full from lunch. The Riad does cook meals but you need to give advance notice. The cook can make some cous cous up if thats ok. I'm well happy with that and so apparently is Shane, who isnt going to have anything tonight because he's still chockers from lunch! Honestly, both of these meals were monstrous and included salads and 2 tagines of cous cous and beautiful vegetables and lamb. We've had a fabulous day today exploring the city and its outer areas. The beautiful park here behind the city, Perdicaris Park, was owned by a ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tangier January 17th 2020

Ok, so not a great start to the blog because after spending over an hour capturing our last few days, I deleted it instead of saving it! It was almost the shortest blog in history. So fortunately for anyone who choses to read about it, you're now getting the abridged version or the bloody thing wont get off the ground at all! We opted for a 24hr stopover in Doha before moving on to Casablanca. You should know that Shane is a Poppy now AND he turns 50 next year, so he's slowing up a little. Doha went something like this - 5.30am check in, rest, brunch, rest, dinner, sleep, flight to Casablanca at 7am. Get the picture? Did I forget to mention that Poppy also left his day pack in the back seat of the ... read more
Hssan II Mosque

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tangier December 7th 2019

Rifugio di sbandati, paradiso degli emarginati, porto franco dominato da contrabbandieri, trafficanti di armi e moderni pirati; luogo dove l' eccentricità era un privilegio, ritrovo di tossicomani, diseredati, omosessuali, artisti e fuggiaschi, di tutta quella gente che rifiutava il rigore morale che pervadeva la cultura occidentale in quel periodo, oasi dove era possibile dare libero sfogo all' inconscio e ai propri impulsi proibiti senza timore di ritorsioni da parte delle autorità; insomma, un sogno ai confini del mondo. Tutto questo è stata Tangeri intorno alla metà del 19° secolo quando il suo status di "Zona Internazionale" attirava individui di ogni tipo e da ogni dove. Tra tutti, quello che ha maggiormente associato il suo nome a questa città è stato lo scrittore americano Paul Bowles, colui che ha tracciato la strada per tutta una folta schiera ... read more
La medina
Il Gran Socco
Legazione Americana

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tangier October 1st 2019

More musings or as Lee condescendingly remarks more ramblings. Because it’s train time again and I have almost 2 hours on a line we have travelled before but in the opposite direction and no Julie I do not mean backwards! This time we are Fes to Kénitra whereas 4 days ago we traveled Kénitra to Fes. We loved Fes, did last time did this time. The atmosphere is friendly and more so than Marrakech, the souks just as enchanting, the food better and our accommodation the equal or better than anything we have experienced. Having our 40 anniversary, and advertising the fact well, sure helped as the riad went well beyond expectations with gifts and little bonuses but the place is delightful. The staff were terrific and they have a policy of leaving a tip in ... read more
To Tangiers on the very fast train.
To Tangiers on the very fast train.
That’s it. Officially faster than 300 km/hr.

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tangier September 22nd 2019

Seems like a fairly lazy day is on the horizon. Admittedly yesterday was quite a long day and although a significant proportion was just sitting in the car it was tiring. As a consequence, or just because we can, not a lot is on the agenda. I went out last night and found some almonds for Lee and about 8 little pastries for me (something does not sound right about that deal!), had a delightful espresso at the Cafe de France and snuggled down for the evening. I like the Cafe de France more than the very well known Cafe de Paris (used in the Bourne films and known as the artist and intelligentsia haunt for several decades). The Paris is too well frequented by old and slightly intimidating men who all smoke too much and ... read more
Grand Mosque minaret. Tangiers.
Across the old Médina square.
Seems like a clash of cultures.

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tangier September 22nd 2019

I only just realized this blog entry hadn't been posted... Tangier - before the disastrous departure and Spain - worth sharing the memorable highlights and many many photos. ..... Basically we have had a day and a half to enjoy what we can of Tangier. We leave the riad early tomorrow morning to go to Tangier Med port for our ferry to Algeciras. Several booths here on the seafront promenade are selling ferry tickets to various ports, but they weren't available on line when I was searching. Now instead of leaving from Tangier Ville where we are located, we have a 40 minute drive to Tangier Med which is the main harbour. That's where our on line tickets are for. Riad Hostel Tangier our accommodation is in the heart of the Old Medina. Suddenly the taxi ... read more
Riad Hostel Tangier
In the hands of Omar we took a 2 hour ramble around the Kasbah

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tangier September 21st 2019

I’ll drop lots of pictures and put some comments on each that hopefully will weave some kind of commentary regarding the last 2 days. Lee chastised me for writing too much (which I don’t subscribe to at all. If you are too lazy to read what I write bad luck!) so in response you can have 1 day off.... read more
Spanish high speed rail. Don’t hold your breath waiting for 300 km/hr!
Hot chocolate and an espresso help anyone anywhere with anything anytime.
Art work at the Antequera Santa Ana Station.

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tangier April 25th 2019

It was a bit soggy when we arrived in Tangier. Once again a taxi from the airport was easy to find and the whole journey from Nador to the url= Rembrandt was over in the blink of a bleary eye. Our room wasn't ready though, one of the perils of an early flight, but the cafe opposite had good coffee and croissants, and strong WiFi so we were able to chill for a couple of hours. Once inside the hotel we were pleased with our choice. Yes, there's a lot of faded elegance going on and it's definitely a throwback to the 1970s but it was comfortable enough and the price is great too. Unfortunately, especially for those in need of a siesta after an early flight, there was significant renovation going on somewhere inside the ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tangier April 9th 2019

He who does not travel does not know the value of men ~ Moroccan Proverb HE SAID... Today we were travelling northwest from Chefchaouen to Tangier. We woke early to the call to prayer after a broken night’s sleep – the local dogs had been unsettled for most of the night. I did sleep a little with the help of a couple of paracetamol tablets at midnight, but my sore throat was lingering. I needed it to dissipate, as we had a long travel day to Tangier and then an overnight sleeper train to Marrakesh. We were leaving Tangier at 11:30pm, so we would not have access to a shower until we checked into our Marrakesh hotel tomorrow morning. We headed down to the dark hotel restaurant for breakfast around 7:30am. I hydrated with orange juice ... read more
streets of tangier
seafood paella
cap spartel lighthouse

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Tangier April 7th 2019

It’s 23 years since we visited Tangier on a long weekend from Gibraltar. Since then we’ve been on so many adventures and travelled so many miles. We wondered if, in the intervening years, this intriguing city had stayed the same. The truth is, neither of us could recognise it from our memories! We drove up to Valencia and stayed in the Travelodge near the airport ready for an early morning Ryanair flight to Morocco. Everything went smoothly and before we knew it our taxi was dropping us off at the foot of the medina and Google Maps was guiding us through the maze of streets to Riad Tingis. Fending off guides, official or not, was tiresome. We were relived to get to the door of the riad and led up to the rooftop terrace while we ... read more
Mosque by the port
Where the ocean meets the sea
Tea on the terrace

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