Thursday, May 19, 2011

Chefchaouen, Morocco: Day 8

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Day 8
Today we left Tangier in our deluxe tourist bus and headed to the Rif Mountains towards Chefchaouen, Morocco. I had seen pictures of this town before, but never remembered what it was called. It is characterized as being a "blue" city, for almost every wall in the city is painted blue. Apparently there is a calcium rock in this region, that when dropped in water, creates a blue "milk" paint. It was under Spanish occupation for while too, so the architecture is heavily influenced by the Spanish - ceramic tile roofs and verandas.
Its located in the valley of the Rif mountains and from a birds eye view (or my hotel room) you can still see an overall tint of blue. There is also a huge fresh waterfall spring that cascades down the mountain, cooling off the city.
Morocco is about the size of California and I am beginning to realize that it's landscapes and terrain are about as diverse as the state too - mountains, desert, ocean, snow etc.
We had a glrious lunch of salad, prune and almond chicken tagine and chocolate crepes for dessert.
After we were all free to walk around and shop for ourselves. It was such a relaxed environment and it was just so fun to see an entire city painted blue.
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5 comments:

  1. Morocco is creeping up to the top of my list of places to travel. What a colorful country! And the food sounds delicious! Your pictures are stunning!!

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  2. Jeez, every building - every stone! - is like a piece of art. These photos are killing me (in a good way)!

    P.S. Umm, you are like gorgeous! Either that, or Morocco REALLY agrees with you. :)

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  3. this looks abs amazing! it's like a fairy tale!x

    and your lunch sounded lovely,
    following,
    beth<3

    http://ramzandtheflock.blogspot.com/

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  4. I'm so sorry it took me this long it catch up on your amazing posts so far! The photos seem straight out of National Geographic. You're a very talented photographer with a wonderful eye for color. That photos of the kitten was so adorable and I don't even like cats haha.Also Morocco looks utterly inspiring. I feel transported just from looking at these photos. The food has me drooling and googling recipes to try and duplicate them myself. I also appreciate your cultural tidbits and observations about religion, language, education, and gender roles in the country. Thanks for really giving us a lot to awe over.

    As you'll note, this account is under my full name and leads to a different blog, please do stop by when you get the chance/check your email. You'll find an explanation waiting in your inbox.

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  5. hooray you're there! that blue... wow that blue!
    i'm so excited for you. it looks perfect.

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