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What the Heck is Moroccan Riviera & Why Should You See it?

Asilah, Morocco

Moroccan Riviera Picture a 90s French Riviera that has been neglected for a couple decades and then add a Maghribi flavor to it: elegant but run down colonial buildings, gritty-chic medinas, vast but littered promenades, white-washed mosques, plastic sit-up chairs under striped parasols, and kilometers of packed sand beaches on...

Kenzi Solazur — Your Perfect Hub in Tangier & Northwestern Morocco

The Perfect Hub Image 3  Image 5 Kenzi Solazur is the perfect hub for exploring Tangier & the northwestern corner of Morocco.  There are numerous coastal villages & towns on the Atlantic and the Med sides of Tangier, which are absolutely worth a visit.  Many of them are less than...

11 Insider Tips to Agadir — Beyond the Obvious…

Agadir Marina

If you are googling Agadir, you've probably already picked it out as your beachfront destination for unplugging and soaking up the sun.  But, apart from the obvious, what else is there to look forward to in this Moroccan resort?  After a six-month sojourn, I’m proud to share my “insider” tips of fun...

21 Foods to Kick Off Your Moroccan Cuisine Adventure

Moroccan chefs

Moroccan cuisine is an adventure of its own. I was a fan long before I travelled to Morocco, but being here, took my appreciation to a whole new level.  Five months eating my way through the country, and I am still uncovering new ingredients, new foods, new flavor combinations.  I've...

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Nothing Short of Beautiful – the Middle Atlas & Beni Mellal

Poppy fields Beni Mellal

In the Middle of Nowhere Alpine valleys. Crimson poppy fields. Cascading waterfalls. Winding mountain roads. Switzerland, right? Not quite... Beachless & duneless, the Middle Atlas and its “gateway” Beni Mellal commonly get overlooked. Truth be told, I only discovered it myself, as I was attending an international chess tournament near...

Tifnit – in Pursuit of Virgin Beaches & Troglodyte Caves

The Village A beach snob that I am, I’m always hunting for remote resorts and virgin beaches in the area. In my latest pursuit, I stumble upon Tifnit – a tiny fishing village in the midst of Souss Massa National Park, about 45 km south of Agadir. Pink seashell gravel,...

Which Arabic Should You Learn? Unorthodox Advice for a Traveling Linguist

berber dress

TWO DIFFERENT LANGUAGES Before coming to Morocco, I make a point of completing the first level of Pimsleur’s Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) course. My thinking is that I want to learn the most “common” language and adjust to the local dialect when I am in the country.  After all, most...

Historic Aix – Young & Hip, Yet True to Tradition

Aix La Bravade Calendale

What's So Special About Aix? La Bravade Calendale - ancient Provençal holiday celebrating the winter solstice with traditional dance, music and street performance. It is the little things I am relishing the most while living in Aix this fall: the sounds of the markets, cathedral bells and street musicians; the smells...

Jogging to Roquefavour – world’s largest stone aqueduct

Roquefavour – world’s largest stone aqueduct

VENTABREN By the end of week three of pigging out on delicious saucisson, chevre, patisserie, and famous chocolate from Purrycard paired with excellent Provence wine, I’m feeling heavy and bloated. Back home, I make an effort to work out, eat healthy and control my sugar intake. Not here. Feeling a bit...