Category Archives: Morocco Travels

Northern Excursion

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Last weekend I participated in a school trip to Chefchaouen and Tangiers in the North of Morocco. I had heard people gushing about the beauty of Chefchaouen, and it was the last place on my list of top spots in Morocco I had yet to check off. I’m glad I went. Indeed, as a sea of blue, white, and violet houses built along a mountain, it was perhaps the most picturesque city in Morocco I’ve seen so far. The only problem for me was that we only spent one day there. I might have to go back, especially to do some hiking in the nature parks on the city’s outskirts. Some people do complain about the city being too “touristy.” This is kind of true, but wasn’t a big deal to me (actually, it probably makes the city more secure). Though I might have to add another destination to my list of places to see in Morocco: Tetouan, which I’ve been told is like a less-touristy version of Chefchaouen, though a bit run-down. I also got to go back to Tangiers for a day with the group. I hadn’t seen its Medina, Casbah museum, or Hercules Cave the first time around, so it was well worth a second stop.

Overlooking Gorgeous Chefchaoen

The colors of Chefaoen

Posing with Andalusian band at restaurant in Tangiers

Not too long ago I looked out to Tangiers from Gibraltar. Now I got to do it the other way around: Eye Gibraltar from Tangiers.

Hercules Cave, Tangiers

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The Port City of Essaouira

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The following shots are from the end of my journey through Morocco with my parents. We spent New Year’s eve in Essaouira, a charming port city.

Interesting article about the city’s culture, history, and Jewish heritage.

Entrance to the Medina, Essaouira

The Port

Me in the Essaouira Medina

Goats in Argon tree along road outside of Essaouira. This pic was expensive, because when we stopped the car to take it, guys jumped out at us and in front of the camera, demanding payment before letting us take a shot.

Saharan Nights

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More photos from my journey through Morocco with my parents. This bunch from the South of Morocco, perhaps my favorite part.

Camel Ride in the Sahara

Desert sunrise, Algeria in the background

Amazigh carpet shop in small southern village

Ait Benheddou, where many movies are made (e.g. Gladiator, Prince of Persia)

 

Snap-Shots from the Journey

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Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel through much of Morocco in a ten day road trip with my parents who came to visit me. There are simply too many photos and thoughts I’d like to share to share them all in a single post. But here’s a start, and perhaps later I will periodically post other snap-shops form the journey.

Inside Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca. One of the few mosques non-Muslims are allowed to enter

Overlooking the ocean from the Oudayas, Rabat

My Moroccan host parents prepared a magnificent welcome tea for my actual parents.

Historic Synagogue, Fes

Shabbat-Hannukah dinner table, Rabat

KFC, Casablanca beach

Go Big or Go Home: Introducing Morocco Mall

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Saturday I decided to travel to Casablanca with a friend to check out what all the hype is about Morocco Mall, which just opened to the public a couple weeks ago. Apparently, we weren’t the only ones who had the idea. Luckily, we got there in the morning and didn’t have trouble getting in, but when we left around 5PM, there was a long line leading to the front door. It’s been a while since I’ve been in a ginormous mall like that (since my middle school band trip to Mall of America). I heard it’s the fourth largest in the world.

Strolling into the mall, it was pretty amazing to see the glittering store signs of all the major European and American brands, such as Payless Shoes, American Eagle, H & M, and Gallerie Lafayette. For many of these stores, this was their debut appearance in Morocco. Unfortunately, it wasn’t just fashion the mall shared with Paris, but the price tags too. …Continue Reading

Facade at Entrance to Morocco Mall

Elevator inside aquarium

Eifel Tour figurine inside the mall

The crowds inside Morocco Mall

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¡Tanja Latino!

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On a Saturday night a few weeks ago, I attended a Latin festival in Tangier, in the Northern tip of Morocco, where Spanish mostly replaces French as the second language of choice. The festival, “Tanja Latino” took place in a beautiful Italian palace. On the ground floor, there were tango and salsa lessons, and on the top, there was live music and partying.

The demographics of the festival were interesting: There was a wide range of ages, from tweens to their grandparents. I didn’t see any other Americans or any real Latinos other than some of the performers. In attendance were mostly French and some Spanish-speaking expats or visitors, as well as many Moroccans of the secular elite. I describe the Moroccans as such since the entrance fee was rather steep, and there was alcohol being served. And I was surprised by how many people could really dance… Apparently, salsa is very much an “in-thing” amongst certain segments of the Moroccan population. Anyways, I had fun.

Tanja Latino

Live music and partying at Tanja Latino

At Tanja Latino, a colorful group from the South of France performs a drumb routine, influenced by African and Brazilian beats

Overlooking Tangier, morning after the festival