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Feb 25, 2018 - Morocco

Hi All The ride from Ronda in Spain to Algeciras was fantastic scenery lots of small town up in the hills, dropped from 1063m to 165m over 30km of downhill. We are having a great time in Morocco.. We are in Chefchaouen heading towards Ouazzane today, the country side is awesome very green, hilly lots of climbing- olives, citrus and almonds grown. From Ouazzane we will head towards Fez then on to Rabat over the next few days. Wifi is unpredictable and …we haven’t found time to do the blog…just letting you know we are safe and happy. Hope all...

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Oct 19, 2017 - Chefchaouen

Thursday October 19 Chenchaouen We woke up to rain…. It had rained most of the night. I went out for a walk around 10:00am by myself. The town was beginning to wake up, children going to school, shopkeepers cleaning up the street around their areas. I walked for 2 hours, then had some mint tea in the square. Then I walked for another hour. I returned to the hotel, and ran into Karen, Vicki, Betsy E, and Terri on their way to the town. I had soup and bread at the hotel, and took a rest for a while. The old town is very narrow, hilly,...

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Oct 18, 2017 - Wed. October 18: Travel to Chenchaouen

Wed. Oct. 18 Chefchaouen Today we packed up and left at 9:00 for Chefchaouen (the blue town). We stopped at a market on the side of the road, selling mostly straw products and gourds. The ride was uneventful…. A couple of toilet stops and lunch on the road. It rained off and on during the ride. We arrived around 3:00 pm. I opted to stay in my room and rest for the rest of the afternoon. Montezuma’s Revenge has caught up with me as well as several others in the group. We are taking the meds and should be up and running again soon! Dinner at...

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May 4, 2017 - Chefchaouen

Wednesday 3rd Left 9.30, roads bad but great scenery. Some weird and wonderful sites along the way... Definitely no health and safety rules here...a man doing press-ups in the middle of a traffic island; a restaurant that had recently collapsed (as the ground under it gave way on the steep hillside) just left in a crumpled ruin; sheep on leads being walked in the road in both directions opposite to the traffic; a man sitting on the big breaking ball of a working crane, to name just a few. Arr site at Chefchaoeun, 1 ish, ham salad lunch...

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Sep 17, 2016 - Two tours today-the Medina and a private home cooking experience

Our first guide, Unis, toured us around the medina which consists of 9,900 alleyways of confusion. This old part of the city of 2 million was founded in the 9th century, reached it's height in the 13th and 14th centuries and replaced Marrakesh as the capital. In 1912, Rabat replaced Fes. Originally there were 2 fortified "quarters" but now there are 3-the old, the new, and the modern. It is considered one of the most extensive and best conserved historic towns. The Fes el Bali is the oldest walled section. We visited an "art" museum which...

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Sep 16, 2016 - Driving from Chefchaouen to Fes

A rather uneventful journey through fallow agricultural land, one can see that in the spring it would be much more beautiful and green. We did encounter a couple of interesting sites-both hard to photograph. The first was a group of motorcars on an auto tour-unique for the types of cars. All of them appeared to be pre 1960 British sports cars. The second being the Mosque on this high holy day (Friday) following the Eid Al-Adha for the noon prayer call. When we passed a local Mosque, there was an overflow crowd out on the parking lot. Our...

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Sep 15, 2016 - Chefchaouen's Medina and a trip to the National Park

This is a charming, if not confusing, city tucked into the hills and serving as the starting point for the treks into the nearby mountains of The Rif. Our guide, Said, was born and raised here and seemed to know everyone stopping to greet shopkeepers, and people passing by with traditional hugs, kisses on both cheeks and Salam Alikame with putting his hand over his heart. He told us it would offend them if he did not as this holiday-the biggest celebration for the Muslims-is somewhat like our Christmas in the gathering of family, the...

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May 28, 2013 - Chefchaouen

A reasonably quiet day which was very welcome after the last 2 days which have been long & tiring. Chefchaouen is a very small town in the mountains & it’s most unusual because all the buildings are painted blue & white. Our Riad, which is a small family-owned hotel, is on the opposite hill overlooking Chefchaouen so we have this magnificent view that you can’t stop taking photos of. Some of us went for a walk this morning with a local guide up the mountain to an old Spanish mosque then he took us around the old town. Just as Casablanca was...

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Mar 20, 2012 - MOROCCO Chefchaouen

Some discoveries and thoughts.... Eating local (and cheap) in Morocco Note; 1 Euro = 11 Dirham If you eat locally in Morocco it can be very cheap, almost like Asia. For example, for breakfast we have a bowl of baizara which is like a vegetable/pea soup. It is served with a loaf of local oven baked bread, is thick and fulfulling and costs 4 or 5 dirhams, about 40 - 50cents. For lunch we can get a plate of fried fish for 10 dirhams, 1 euro. Other options- Harira (4 dirhams) A thick bean and noodle soup Lubiya (5-7 dirhams) Another variety of...

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Oct 3, 2011 - Chefchaouen, Morocco

October 3 This morning, we still had some time to check out Jerez. I did a quick tour around the nearby Cathedral and castle and then we enjoyed a bodega tour of the famous Tio Pepe winery and sampled the sherries on offer. Great lunch that was. By mid afternoon, we were off on our journey to Morocco. We travelled by bus (approx. 3 hrs) to the port town of Algeciras, with its spectacular view of the great rock of Gibraltar (in the fog). First, we took taxis to the bus station and took two different buses to Algeciras. From there we boarded...

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Jul 1, 2011 - The backpacking life

Extra: Waiting, waiting, waiting. I'll never leave this place, I'll die in Casablanca Over the past few days, I've found myself settling into a routine. I set out each morning and buy some fresh bread, olives and a pastry, and then take that back to the terrace via the small shop next to the hostel where I buy a bottle of water, and after eating that I'll read for a while, pausing occassionally to take in the view. Come afternoon, I'll shower and then head out to eat or have a tea on the square. It's a relaxed way to pass through the...

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Jun 28, 2011 - Thank god for hashish farmers

Rick: He's just a lucky guy After having spent the previous day doing very little bar eating, reading and watching a Czech guy expertly play an enormous digiridoo, Jack and I make a early start for the peak of Jebel el-Kelaa which sits Vesuvius-like over Chefchaouen, setting out at just past 7am, and after a few wrong turns, blunder our way out of medina, straight into a guy driving through cones and then parking up as another man watched - a driving test presumably. We walk up a paved road and then a 4wd track, my Icebreaker top proving a...

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