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    • Day 5

      Riad Authentic Palace

      May 7 in Morocco

      A Moroccan home that has been refurbished into a guest house, this Riad had 20 rooms, perfect for our group. Breakfast in the morning was simple and delicious, and the coffee was the best on the entire trip. They added cardamom, star anise and cinnamon to the pot. Pure comedy when the tiny plate of scrambled eggs came out and everybody wanted some, as the meal was pretty carb laden. Nice rooftop area for a glass of wine in the evening and chatting.Read more

    • Day 11


      October 25 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      Da das Zimmer hier im Riad Dar Lys 2000 MAD (200 EUR) gekostet hätte, haben wir am Parkplatz im Auto übernachtet.

      Das Hotelfrühstück haben wir dann aber doch sehr genossen! Und jetzt geht es in die Einöde, morgen dann in die Wüste! Nächstes Ziel: Ahouli!Read more

    • Day 5

      Die Millionenstadt Fès

      October 24, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Wir beginnen die Stadtführung auf einem Hügel. Von hier oben hat man einen wundervollen Blick auf die riesige Stadt, in der über eine Million Menschen leben. Der größte Teil besteht aus engen Gassen, in die kaum das Sonnenlicht fällt. Direkt vor uns breitet sich ein riesiger Friedhof aus.Read more

    • Day 8

      View Point

      November 13, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Zum Tagesabschluss holten wir noch einmal unsere Wanderschuhe aus dem Auto und wollten zu einer alten Burgruine, von wo man einen super Blick von oben auf die Medina haben sollte.

      Der Anstieg zu der Ruine war sehr entspannt und einfach. Um einen noch besseren Blick zu haben, kletterten wir auf die Mauern und machten es uns gemütlich.
      Von dort hatte man einen super Blick auf fast die ganze Medina.
      Wir genossen nun einfach den Moment und das gute Wetter und chillten eine ganze Weile dort oben.
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    • Day 7

      Freezing in Fés

      December 17, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

      Google Fés and you will see people walking along the Medina in the sun. That is the picture that was in my mind that was quickly being erased as we fell asleep Monday night to pounding rain and wind rattling the windows. It would blow over right? Yes. Yes it would. Positive thinking.

      No. No it did not.

      It was not even a sprinkle it was a bloody down pour. We got off the bus to see the door of the royal palace...just the door and the Jewish quarter. It was the worst 30 minutes of everyone on the tour. With cold wet feet we all got back on the bus to go to the top of a hill to view the Medina. As you can see from the video it was awful.

      But we paid money for this and Wednesday we are off to a new place so we sucked it up and continued to the the Medina tour. Which was semi covered and we got to go into shops. We needed a tour guide for the Medina because it is full of windy narrow streets with no street signs. And no google map street view to help.

      Stop 1 - ceramics shop - new found respect for ceramics and the hand painting the people do. Also just being able to make pottery is amazing. I wanted it all but just got a new tea cup with silver on it. Nothing fancy.

      Stop 2 - Fés tannery - this place is famous (google it!) for its leather and how they colour it. Obviously I had to buy a bright pink leather purse. Which I bartered down and was happy with the price. Also I helping a man feed his family. (Shhhh don’t tell my leather guy in Bali).

      Stop 3 - scarf shop - they showed us how they weave the scarves and then pushed their wares onto us. Luckily Ty and I are scarf people (sorry, Ty wears pashminas). I was able to get a suitable price for 4 of them but the man was not giving in to my low balling price for the silkworm scarf. Sadly I walked away from the camel scarf. Still have regrets. 😢

      Lunch was in restaurant that had remarkable ceramic tiles, which after seeing how they were made gave all of us more appreciation for the craftsmanship. We had another 4 course feast where salad is not salad. Still loving lamb tangine and mint teas so that is good as I think there are a lot in my future.

      We returned to the hotel at 3 where we at napped, read, and warmed up. Yes, it is that cold. I went to dinner in my wool aritzia blanket scarf! Like we said in London “you know it is cold when the Canadians are”. Here I was worried about having enough cool clothes to wear. Haha. Fack.

      Tomorrow we have a 6:30am start so we can make it to the Sahara to ride a camel to watch a sunset. You know just a regular day. Haha
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    • Day 14

      Riad Salem Fes

      October 26, 2022 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

      Our hotel, Riad Salem Fes, is close to the Blue gate of the medina. Riad refers to the style of home, where the doors, windows and balconies face the courtyard. There is no view except of the courtyard. This is now a hotel. All of the buildings in the ancient medina are riad style. There is some indication of the prosperity of the riad from the door. The size of the door, one or two knockers, what kind of wood, Even so, you can’t always judge a book by its cover.Read more

    • Day 1

      Day 1 - Travel to Fes

      September 3 in Morocco ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      Start of our trip!
      Took the plane, 30 min delay at departure but for the rest very well. When arriving in Fes, mom's patience was tested for the first time while we were waiting eternally at the passport control. Eventually (after 45 min) we took a taxi to the lovely Riad Norma in the Medina of Fes. Really kind people, and we had dinner in the riad next to us. There mom's patience was tested a second time today, because the food took quite some time to be prepared. Luckily that meant some exceptional quality tajine with mint tea! Now time to go to sleep and recharge for tomorrow :)Read more

    • Day 2

      Fes - Medina

      September 4 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Today we visited the Medina of Fes. Quick little recap:
      - a lot of shops
      - a lot of people
      - a lot of cats everywhere
      - a lot of little streets to get lost
      - very hot
      - nice sweet mint tea
      - it is the largest car-free area of a city in the world!Read more

    • Day 5

      Pottery Workshop

      October 3 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Later we visited a pottery workshop where we got guided around the workshop, watching the process of producing tiled mini fountains, tiled tables and pottery. The skills for making the small tiled music pieces was great to watch. We also see the painting of pottery prior to perusing the showroom.Read more

    • Day 2

      Morocco Days 1 and 2

      October 13, 2018 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 81 °F

      Arrived in Casablanca, Morocco from NYC via Paris around 4PM. Our driver met us at the airport along with others on the flight in our group. Illene, Isabel, Jeannie and I are traveling with OAT (Overseas Adventure Travel) and will be with a group of 16 for the next 2 weeks. Only saw the airport in Casablanca, then off via minivan to Rabat. Our hotel was across the river Bou Regreg from Rabat in Sale and lovely – The Dalwitz. A quick shower before our dinner at the hotel Lots of travel weary folk after overnight flights from the US. Five of the group, including Jeannie, have been here for a 5-day pre-trip to areas in the North of the country.

      Breakfast and our “orientation” meeting ll o- all of us of similar ages, lots of white hair. 😊 Mustapha, our guide for the next 2 weeks, provided an overview of the daily schedule, introductions all around and general questions asked and answered.
      Off to explore Rabat, the administrative capital of Morocco. First stop, the King’s Palace. The system of government in Morocco is a monarchy and the king has the final “say”. The sub governmental structure is a parliament, bicameral, of which one of the bodies is elected by the population. The other unit is “businessmen” or tradespeople e.g teachers, telecom, etc. These leaders are elected by the people in their trades. Mustapha was very clear that corruption is a real problem and, as of yet, unresolved. Palace interior is off limits to visitors. Next stop, Chellah, another example of the vast expanse of the Roman Empire. The site consists of Roman ruins as well as a 15C mosque built on the site with lovely gardens, flowers and fruit trees. Discussion held around the tenets of the Muslim religion and purpose of the different sections the mosque. A quick stop at the mosque of Hassan II, the previous king of Morocco. A new structure with lovely mosaics interior, very ornate and replete with his tomb (as well as family members), on the ground floor.
      Remainder of the afternoon on our own. The 4 of us ate lunch at a fish restaurant – good but too much food. Then we split up, Isabel back to hotel to rest her leg, Jeannie, Illene and I to the quite new Modern Art Museum Il and I quite pleased with the content – all Moroccan art and some quite interesting. Modern art is an emerging market in the country. Then Il and I took a quick trip thru the souk (market) in the medina (old town). Interesting with the food and spices everywhere but, in general, just a big flea market. Back to hotel for a quick shower and out for a walk to the Kasbah – fortification overlooking the Atlantic -and a walk through a quieter and prettier section of the medina on our way to dinner. A very important stop at a liquor store to get alcohol for the next phase of our trip where apparently” spirits” are not available. Il and I got 5 bottles for the 2 of us for the next 5 days. 😊 !!!!!
      Dinner was very special – a Riad (an old Moroccan home now a B & B or Inn). An elderly gentleman with a lamp met us as we were walking to the restaurant. The dining room was in the courtyard or atrium of the home. Beautiful interior, candlelit tables, music and an excellent Moroccan dinner. After dinner our same gentleman with the lamp led us back to our bus. Restaurant: Dinarjat – highly recommended for anyone in Rabat.

      A busy first day in Morocco!!!
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