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Moroccan Snapshots

8 May

A few weeks ago I went on a beautiful 4 day Moroccan adventure with my mother and step-father.  It was so much fun to take them to one of my favourite places on earth and show them how much the country has to offer everyone who visits.

And I have to admit that they were some of the most gracious, enthusiastic and laid-back travel companions I’ve ever had.

The food, the countryside, the people, the culture, the weather, the cities…we saw and did so much in such a short time and it was absolutely lovely.

Here are a few of my favourite images from our time in the Moroccan mountains…

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Small colourful shops at the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou.2015morooco1

This woman makes the most delicious bread known to mankind.

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Typical Moroccan decor.  Simple but colourful and warm.

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The perfect spot for lunch with views on the mountains, a lush green oasis and blooming bougainvillaea in every colour.

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The oasis of Flint, Morocco.2015morooco3

A visit to a typical weekly market near Ouarzazate,  This truck full of oranges was amazing.  So was the truck full of peas a little further down.

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Jazz hands.  Cactus style.2015morocco1

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My mother and I hiked up a steep mountain to get to this abandoned kasbah.  It was physically hard for her but she trudged through it and really pushed herself. I was so proud of her for persevering through the fatigue and pain and reaching the top. And I’m pretty sure she was tempted to push me down the mountain more than several times (I’ll admit it, I have a slight Drill Sergeant style while motivating people to push through pain).

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6 May

Some last shots of our trip to Morocco.IMG_5733Stretching out a little injury.  Afterwards the instructor turned around happily and informed me “Pretty sure nothing is  broken”.  Ummm, okay.

IMG_5728They just looked so cool dragging their surfboards down K17 beach (up the coast from Agadir).  And these were the only clouds we saw during our entire 7 day trip.  Made the Atlantic feel that much colder. IMG_5773While visiting the souks of Agadir we got trapped in a little shop that sold teas, creams, herbs, spices and everything else you could ever imagine to cure any ailment a person could be inflicted with. For me the packaging was more attractive than all the proclaimed health benefits.  And yes, I did leave with a bag full of cactus cream, argan oil, teas and spices.
IMG_5766Mounds of colourful vegetables and striped columns at the Souk El Had in Agadir.IMG_5694

IMG_5763Making sand kasbahs on the beach.IMG_5768One of my favourite images of Morocco is always the pyramids of delicious spices.  I have already gone through half of what I purchased.  Guess that means I’ll have to get back there soon to buy some more.

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16 Apr

A few more shots from our trip to Morocco.  IMG_5431On our road-trip from the mountains to the sea we passed this extremely bizarre American style gas station in the middle of nowhere.  And when I say in the middle of nowhere I mean that there were only rocky mountains and stone fields in every direction as far as the eye could see.  It seems that it is the leftovers from the film set of the movie “The Hills Have Eyes”.  Slightly (very) creepy.IMG_5478Lovely blue door and tiles in our hotel in the small city of Taroudant.IMG_5621I wanted to bring home every single one of those colourful carpets from the Souk in Taroudant.IMG_5628Coca Cola sign and sky-blue taxis.  A perfect colour combination.IMG_5681-001Our first moments on the beach just north of Agadir. 

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1 Apr

A few more snapshots of our recent trip to Morocco…

IMG_5372Colourful carpet on the side of the road.IMG_5174
Doesn’t get much more modern than this.IMG_5382As you can tell, he wasn’t amused.  These sheep (along with goats, chickens and a donkey) lived in the inner courtyard of a family home in the Atlas Mountains.

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Beautiful light.  Beautiful sun spots.

IMG_5268Considering the fact these were the harem rooms for 80 concubines I wasn’t sure opening that cupboard was such a good idea.IMG_5222

Beautiful old Kasbah, blue skies and stork nests.
IMG_5325He was protecting the DYNAMITE that was buried under that dirt and stone mound in the background. And yes, we did have a picnic in a chicken coop next to it. (taken at a salt mine)

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19 Mar

A few more snapshots from our trip to Morocco…

IMG_4913Our favourite Moroccan cat sleeping on the outdoor terrace of our favourite Moroccan guesthouse.

IMG_4995 Almond blossoms with abandoned Kasbah in the background.

IMG_4971Oasis.

IMG_5038After a 5 hour hike to an isolated Berber village we were invited to have lunch in a local family’s home.  They made us the best tasting meal of our lives using this simple gas fire and metal tagine.

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Moroccan chicken.  Without the delicious spices. Yet.
IMG_5166A great way to sit back and relax after a 10 hour hike in the mountains.

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12 Mar

A few images of my latest trip to Morocco…

IMG_4819-001Arriving at Menara Marrakech Airport.IMG_4840-001Lovely little carpet shop along the side of the road. Regretting not buying one.IMG_4854-001Handmade Berber carpet with Berber sheep (in the wind)

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Delivery truck that was teetering back and forth from the height and weight of those sacks.  A bit scary to drive behind.IMG_4861-001

My dream car.  Pink back-window curtain and all.IMG_4869-001

He wasn’t as sweet as he looks in the photo.

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Our first tagine of the trip.  Eaten on a quaint little outdoor terrace under the hot sun overlooking the atlas mountains.  Nice.

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Typical Moroccan painted metal door (with small stone village in background) 

I’ll be back with more snapshots soon!

Gratefully Gratefully *8*

2 Mar

We’re just back from an amazing week in Morocco.  We spent time hiking in the mountains, eating the most delicious Moroccan meals, visiting ancient Kasbahs, driving through the ever-changing mountainous landscapes, speaking French, building sandcastles on the beach and even surfing.  It was a full week to say the least.  And even arriving back in a freezing cold and rainy Italy at midnight didn’t dampen our high spirits.  Many family memories were made that will last a lifetime.  And obviously for that I’m extremely grateful.  As you’ll see, my grateful post is pretty Morocco inspired this week.

I’m grateful for…

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…Moroccan olives.  I miss them already

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…this neighbourhood outside of Agadir with painted trees in bright and cheerful colours and patterns.

IMG_5796…Mint Tea.  We drank it daily and even brought home a few bundles of fresh Moroccan mint and a new teapot to make some ourselves.

I wish you all a lovely week ahead!

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