Well, we’re itching to travel again — this time to Morocco. And the idea originated with a friend’s suggestion to take a course in Moroccan cooking from San Francisco chef Joanne Weir. Chef Weir travels to international destinations conducting week-long adventures in sightseeing, shopping, and cooking the cuisine of the area. Her new TV show, Plates and Places, can be seen on the Create Channel, or you can access videos of her shows through Vimeo. I’ll be with three former educators from Knoxville learning the art of cooking Moroccan dishes in Marrakech for one week.
After cooking school ends, Bert will join me for a travel adventure arranged by Lauren Gunnels, owner of Ortelius Travel. Lauren has arranged for us to visit the medina, souks, and mosques of Marrakech; tour Ouarzazate and the World Heritage site Ait Ben Haddou; ride to Erg Chebbi, the largest dunes in the Sahara; shop the artisan workshops of Fes; photograph Chefchaouen, a blue lime-washed town; and walk through the medina in Tangier.
As always, one of our sources of information has been bloggers who have traveled this pathway before. One site has been especially inspiring: Image Earth Travel, a photography and travel blog by Nilla Palmer. Nilla’s photos have inspired us to look at the people and places that contribute to the fascinating culture of Morocco, and we hope to capture some of the same colorful richness of the area that she shares on her blog.
Although we may not be able to respond to your comments for a while due to limited internet access, Oh, the Places We See will return in June ready to share the sights and sounds of a country with much to see. In the meantime, keep us in your thoughts that our travels will be safe as well as richly rewarding.
We will be posting pictures on Instagram when we have WiFi service: https://www.instagram.com/rushasams/
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