World’s largest exporter of sardines?

Photo by Bill Gekas Morocco!  You can travel to this North African country to find great street food like deep-fried spicy sardines.  Check out this article by CNN to find out about the Top 10 Street Foods of Morocco.  Here’s what they have to say about these little fishies: This little fish is a street food staple.  Sardines are stuffed with … Read More

Exploring Tangier, Morocco with Rick Steves!

Morocco has been SURGING as a tourist destination lately!  Over the past few years, Morocco has taken over the #2 spot from South Africa as the country in Africa with the most tourist arrivals per year.  And now Egypt – the perennial leader of the continent – has seen massive drops in tourism with all of their political chaos, which … Read More

TV Chef Explores Tangier

Famous TV chef, Anthony Bourdain, recently visited Tangier, Morocco for the show Parts Unknown in search of good food and an experience of its storied culture.  He shares some local dinner table manners: “Like anywhere else in the Arab world,” explained Bourdain, “eating with your hands — always the right one — is proper dining etiquette.” In the article from … Read More

“The Gardener’s House” in Tangier, Morocco

The home of world-renowned garden designer Madison Cox is a simple Moorish refuge in a city that has captivated like-minded wanderers for centuries: beloved books and plants share his view of the deep blue Strait of Gibraltar.  Here is an excerpt of the recent New York Times article: “Sunny, stormy and fog-drenched Tangier has long been a magnet for diplomats, painters, … Read More

First Impressions of Tangier, Morocco

A writer from Spain recently travelled to our city (Tangier, Morocco), and he ended up writing multiple articles on his experiences as a traveler.  I’m always interested to hear what other people think of this city, and I’ve quoted bits from his articles below.  Have you ever traveled to Morocco?  If so, do you think his observations are accurate, based … Read More

Great Video from Morocco’s Ministry of Tourism

Morocco just developed a new ad campaign with the tagline, “The Country That Travels Within You.”  The video is great, but this marketing slogan must translate better in Spanish and French than it does in English.  “The Country That Travels Within You” makes me think of the stomach problems that are common with traveling. Here’s what Morocco’s Ministry of Tourism … Read More

Tangier is Morocco’s New Hot Spot

As Marrakech booms with construction and open-air markets and the tourists who love them, Tangier, the blue-and-white port on the Strait of Gibraltar, remains calm and cosmopolitan. Marrakech might have been Morocco’s main magnet for years, but it is Tangier’s turn again. The louche, expat glamour of the mid twentieth century still clings to every café, shop, and souk, and … Read More

Controversial Plan for High Speed Train in Morocco

Construction has begun on Morocco’s controversial High Speed Rail system that will connect Tangier (in the north) with Rabat, Casablanca, and eventually Marrakech. On the positive side, this incredibly ambitious project will significantly enhance the infrastructure of a tourist-oriented country.  With the new high-speed trains traveling at 200 mph (320km/h), Morocco will boast the fastest railways in Africa.  Tourists can … Read More

Tunnel to Connect Morocco with Europe

For decades, Morocco and Spain have planned to connect Europe with Africa. Designs for bridges have all been rejected in favor of an underground tunnel, similar to the Channel Tunnel that connects England and France. The current plan includes two rail tunnels that will allow passengers to cross the Straits of Gibraltar in under 30 minutes on an underground train. … Read More

Lost in Tangier: Travel Article by NY Times

The New York Times did a travel article that I just read and they confirm that Tangier is changing.  If you visited Tangier in the past, you will probably be surprised on your return to see what’s new.  Here’s an exempt from the article. “For a few decades, Tangier was a playground for the wealthy and the literary-minded, but by … Read More