Discover Prompt 11: Biting into Morocco

If you’d told me I’d be taking a bite of homemade bread made by me and baked in a wood-fired oven in Morocco, I would have thought you were a dreamer, for sure. But that’s exactly what happened during a one-day excursion to the Ourika Valley near Marrakech with Chef Joanne Weir, author of numerous […]

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Discover Prompt 5: Dish

The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives. Anthony Robbins We weren’t expecting satellite dishes in Fes, Morocco. But there they were. Filling the rooftop landscape one round white dish at a time. Forming spherical connections atop layers of centuries-old buildings. Reaching out to the world and […]

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Two parts of a Fez tannery: white side for softening; colored pits for dyeing.

Just hold your nose and go: The Fez Tanneries

Moroccan leather doesn’t just happen to be colorful, soft, and naturally dyed.  That’s just how we, the consumers, find it.  The real process of softening/dyeing/drying is labor-intensive, to say the least.  But thanks to the families who continue to do the work, tanneries like Chouara Tannery in the Fez medina continue to produce highly prized […]

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Gateway to the city in Jewel of the Nile

The Hollywood of Morocco: Ouarzazate

Touring Morocco isn’t just seeing mosques in the cities and sand dunes in the Sahara.  A day spent in Ouarzazate, the gateway to the desert to the east of Marrakech, will have you walking where Lawrence of Arabia was filmed and wondering what else you’ve seen that was probably made in Morocco.  Even our hotel, Ksar […]

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Best Foot Forward: Woodworking in Marrakech and Fes

Nothing stops you in your tracks while wandering in and around Marrakech like this sight:  a man turning wood with nothing more than a sharp blade and his feet!  Yes, you may wince a bit looking at these pictures.  We certainly did. Moroccan woodturners are pros, though.  And with skilled hands and strategic balance, they […]

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