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

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

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