Tag Archives: Morocco

Searching for Jimi’s Castles Made of Sand

An expanse of deep mud separated us from our quixotic destination, having been abandoned by the tide hours before. My husband shook his weary head at me. Surely I didn’t want to drag our boys through the mud on the … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Strong

{Linking up with Travel theme: Strong} In Amsterdam, my husband and I got a tip about a tasting bar nearby, and we were enchanted by its strong adherence to tradition. The ancient bar was stark–no music, no decorations, no beer … Continue reading

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An Invader Crept

I’d thought my boys were locked in snug against that hostile land, and sleep in the empty night would restore us, but they hadn’t been secure; an invader crept. Crushed under an angry heel, the menace turned to dust; my … Continue reading

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Might have been the fish tacos

For ten miserable hours, I leaned my weary forehead against the cool glass of the van. You don’t want to know what happened in every squat toilet between the Atlas Mountains and the sea at Essaouira. Let’s just say I … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Simplify

When traveling, it’s often the simplest moments that make the most vivid impressions, those little experiences when your senses are immersed in the local culture, and you have time to let it soak in. I love planning adventurous excursions when … Continue reading

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Afternoon in Marrakesh

In Marrakesh, snake charmers, whirling dervishes, orange juice, snails, and motorbikes compete for attention, until I need relief from exhaust and exhaustion. I clutch my bills close, annoyed by the hard sell, until a Barbary ape clambers over my shoulders. … Continue reading

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Sleeping in the Sahara

In the Sahara, collapsed on a carpet, air so dry my eyeballs ache, colors transform, beige to orange to black. Nearby, unseen, a camel’s never-ending chewing keeps me company. I drift, under a purer black than I’ve ever known and … Continue reading

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Whether by yak or by Harley, let’s get out there

My camel’s shadow as I journey into the Sahara I like the slant of this travel list: 49 journeys that’ll change your life. On the list, they cram in as many SMTs as possible–that’s suggested modes of transport. Some of … Continue reading

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Morocco travel photos

Woman and donkey, Ait Ben Haddou Some families still live in this ancient fortified city in Morocco. Parts of the Russell Crowe film Gladiator were filmed here. Camel caravan in the Sahara Despite daytime temperatures reaching 130 degrees Fahrenheit, an … Continue reading

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Fried Chicken on the Marrakesh Express

Fried Chicken on the Marrakesh Express With many restaurants closed for Ramadan, we resigned ourselves to a greasy meal of fast food in the train depot. While not happy about this, truth be told, I couldn’t look at another tagine … Continue reading

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