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Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Essaouira February 25th 2011

Only about 160km for Enis to drive today. At least he was earning his keep one way. I was very happy about that. Not so happy about all the money I loaned him to buy carpets for his shop in Selcuk, Turkey. I'd begun to realize just how difficultu it would be to get it back. But I digress. We had breakfast at Yacout in Agadir. Yep, bread again. And some kind of strange soup that was not good. It was like watery grits. If you're from the South, you know what grits are. Yacout is listed as 'the' breakfast spot in the Lonely Planet. Sorry LP. You are one of my dearest friends but I think you got this one wrong. We were served bread and more bread with little jam and butter, strange soup, ... read more
En Route to Essaouira
Cooperative Amal
Process of Extracting Argan Oil

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Erfoud February 23rd 2011

I am going to devote this entry, even though I am not finished writing about our trip to Morocco, to the lovely people of Morocco who will not hesitate to ask for money - for nothing. So many people in this country think they deserve money for doing absolutely nothing. Nada. Not a damn thing. And I am not talking about beggars who are homeless and hungry. I'm talking about people who were better dressed than Enis and me. Or working as traffic police. Or at the airport in passport control or baggage screening. SOB's they are and they really pissed me off. Here are some of the experiences we had with people trying to extort money from us, although Enis was the real object of their interest. I don't know what the hell previous Turkish ... read more
Big Mosque in Agadir
Baksheesh Man
Lovely Work

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Merzouga February 22nd 2011

Long day ahead of us today to drive from Fez to Erfoud, and Merzouga if we can make it that far, and the next day we drive to Dades Gorge. Luckily, Enis enjoys driving. I can't drive a stick shift so all the driving is up to him. I just read the map. We ate breakfast and the older gentlemen from our hotel lead me through the maze that is the medina to a money changer. The he lead me back through the maze to the car where Enis was waiting and we were off. It was already 10:00, so not the early start I had hoped for, but we had to change money. I knew that if I started paying for things in USD or euro, I would spend more and be more likely to ... read more
Photo 28
Ismail's Feet

Africa » Morocco » Anti-Atlas » Fez February 21st 2011

We had our second of many bread-only breakfasts in Morocco this morning, but there were several different kinds of bread, one being very much like my grandmother's cornbread, and lovely jam and butter and coffee. Enis was functioning much better than I thought he would without his Turkish tea. Moroccans drink mint tea, which I loved, but they didn't serve it at breakfast at our hotel. Our breakfasts were good in Morocco, but consisted mainly of bread. That is very French and the Moroccans have definitely been influenced by the French - food, architecture, language, and attitudes were all reflective of their time as a French colony. Unfortunately...' After breakfast we walked to the medina and immediately found a spice store featured in Lonely Planet. The guy working there told us his father was Mr. Spice ... read more
Hamam Entrance
In the Medina
Moroccan Sconces

Africa » Morocco » Anti-Atlas » Fez February 19th 2011

I had a lot of expections about Morocco. I expected to get some great photos of the architecture, see the Sahara Desert, eat some good food, and experience Moroccan hospitality among other things. I did indeed get some great photos, see the Sahara, eat some good food, but I was sorely disappointed in the Moroccan people's lack of hospitality or even warmth towards tourists. I was also sorely disappointed in my traveling partner in some respects, although he did a really stand up job driving. Enis, my carpet dealer boyfriend, and I did meet a few hospitable people, but I can count them on one hand. This lack of hospitality did not stop us from having a good time and some good laughs though. There was a time in Fez when I regretted my choice of ... read more
Baby Sheep Grazing in Volubilis
Goats in Volubilis

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome January 27th 2011

Not much on the agenda today, besides gelato. And going to the ATM. By this time I was a little bit tired and ready to sleep in my own bed and unpack my backpack. First, I walked over to Santa Maria in Trastevere and explored my own neighborhood a bit. Actually, I was looking for a place to have lunch and stumbled upon the church, so I went inside to take a look. It was beautiful and big and had stunning Italian marble floors, but I have seen so many churches in Italy and in Europe by this point that I didn't even take pictures. I left and went in search of a cheap place to eat even if it meant I had to stand up and eat. Lonely Planet recommended Forno La Renella and it ... read more
More Streets of Rome
Piazza Farnese
Trees Along the River

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome January 26th 2011

There was a public transportation strike on today, so Lorenza and I weren't sure if the trains would be running. Or the buses. So she picked me up at Circo Massimo metro station and we took her car to Ostia Antica, which is about 30 km outside the center of Rome. I bought two cornetto's and Lorenza had fruit and we were on our way. The entrance fee was 6.50 euros, but teachers get a discount if they have ID, and of course, I didn't. It was raining and luckily, Lorenza had TWO umbrellas! We parked for free just a short distance from the entrance, but I don't think this would be possible in summer. Not many tourists actually make it to Ostia Antica, but I'm sure the tour buses find their way there. The preservation ... read more
Ostia Antica Ruins
Ostia Antica Ruins
Ostia Antica Ruins

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome January 25th 2011

Not too much on my agenda today, but I finally made it to the Borghese Museum which had been recommended by many books, people, and especially by my friend Lorenza, and she's Italian, so I believed her! You have to make an appointment before you go because it is actually a small museum and less than 400 people are allowed in at 2 hour intervals. It is about 14.50 euros to get in, but I used my Roma Pass for a discount and paid 10.25. This was the last day for me to use my Roma Pass, so I made sure to see all the museums I wanted to see today. The three most expensive things to see in Rome are the Capitoline Museum (17.50 euros), Borghese Museum (14.50 euros) and the Colosseum (not sure but ... read more
Many Parks in Rome
Roman Architecture
Like this entrance...

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome January 24th 2011

Day three in Rome. Day three of gelato. Am I sorry? Do I regret eating all this gelato? Am I going to stop after today so my pants won't get any tighter? No. No. And no. I have the rest of my life to lose weight. Today is Monday and the museums are closed, so I slept in a bit, noticed my pants getting tighter when I got dressed, and then made Santa Maria in Cosmedin my first stop after vowing to walk a lot today. Outside the church is Bocca Della Verita or Mouth of Truth. There is a story behind the mask of the Mouth of Truth. If you put your hand in the mouth and answer a question with a lie, it will bite your hand off. Since I was alone, I just ... read more
Inside Santa Maria in Cosmedin
Italian Marble
Spanish Steps

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome January 23rd 2011

Today I was headed to the Colosseum first and would meet my friend Lorenza later. I walked to the Colosseum which took about 30 minutes. On the way there I saw the Arc de Giarno, which is behind a fence, as well as the Arc di Constantino which is next to the Colosseum. I used my Roma Pass (25 euros, good for 3 days only) to get in to the Colosseum, which also includes the entrance fee for Palatino and all the ruins around it, but I didn't know that at the time. I only had time to visit the Colosseum before meeting Lorenza. The pictures can really tell more than I can. The Roman Colosseum is actually not the biggest one they ever built, but it was probably the busiest. Originally it had a wooden ... read more
Piazza ???
Roman Church
Smallest Inhabited Island

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