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

Anthropologie Visits Tangier for Photo Shoot

So the always hip, Anthropologie, came to our city recently to take in all of the culture and landscape for their recent magazine shoot.  Check out what they say: When considering locations for a catalog shoot, options are weighed carefully. To journey somewhere far-flung and scenic isn’t always enough; a place must also stir feelings of wanderlust, curiosity and a … Read More

Camel Riding or Culture Ruining?

We rode camels.  We finally did it.  We’ve been living in Morocco for years, but this was the first time we’ve mounted these gnarly hump-backed beasts.  My brother’s family was in town and so we loaded up all the kids and did the tourist thing.  Local Moroccans tell us that riding camels is just for tourists, but come on, who … 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

Learning Arabic in Morocco

Photo Credit You’ll encounter many languages in Morocco.  Strolling down the streets of Tangier, you will surely hear French, Arabic (the Moroccan dialect of course), Spanish, some English, and if you have the ear for it, one of the three Berber languages.  But the heart language of Morocco is Arabic.  It’s the language of the Mosque and the coffee shop. … Read More

A Water Park In Africa?

Photo Credit This is a great water park in Tangier, Morocco.  It’s built into the cliff that overlooks the Bay of Tangier.  And other than offering great views and water-slides, the water park provides a welcomed rest from the hustle and bustle of the city and the hot summer days. Tangier is a unique city situated at the tip of North … Read More

Moroccan Water Sellers

Traditionally costumed water sellers are seen throughout Morocco. For a dirham or two water is poured from camel leather bags into brass or tin cups. Few tourists can resist photographing the colorfully clad men decked out in elaborate tasseled hats. You can hear the musical clinking of the brass and bells they wear. Today water sellers make more money from vacationers who … Read More

The Exotic Open-Air Markets of Morocco

A souq or souk (Arabic: سوق‎ sūq) is an open-air marketplace or commercial quarter in an Arab city. A souk entails the concept of a free-market where vendors can command the going market price for their products. Historically, souks were held outside of cities in the location where a caravan loaded with goods would stop and merchants would display their … Read More

Faces of Morocco

The human face is the most personal image that exists.  In fact, paper currency across the world was originally designed using faces because famous faces are so highly recognizable that using them on money decreased the likelihood of forgery.  People can easily notice small mistakes made in a poor copy of a face.  When the United States was designing dollar bills, the U.S. Treasury “determined … Read More