Marhaba! Exotic yet not intimidating, this North African kingdom just knocks our socks off with its ancient, labyrinthine "imperial cities" such as Fez, Marrakesh, Rabat, and Meknes; its beautiful beaches; its Sahara desertscapes; and its scrumptious cuisine. Maroc, c'est magnifique!

Our hearts go out to all the victims of the massive earthquake which devastated areas of the High Atlas Mountains and Marrakesh this past September 8, and we urge our members to do what they can to help by contributing to aid organizations listed here.

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Help for earthquake victims, plus an update regarding tourism

Agencia EFEMorocco of course continues to suffer massive fallout from the 6.8-magnitude quake with its epicenter in the High Atlas Mountains, some 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Marrakesh, which struck on Friday and has so far been responsible for more than 2,000 deaths, and we ask our members to do what they can to aid relief efforts by contributing to organizations listed in this link.In addition, CNN yesterday published a valuable look at the earthquake aftermath´s affect on tourism, and to…

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Venturing into Morocco's Sahara Desert

  When good friends asked my husband and me to join them to spend New Year’s Eve in Morocco’s Sahara Desert, it was hard to say no. We’d visited this country many years ago and had been utterly entranced by its culture, architecture, food, and people – yet we’d not yet gotten to the vast dunes of its northeast. And quite a trip it turned out to be.. read post  

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Memories of Morocco

For around ten days recently I traveled through the country of Morocco. I started my trip in the fabled "blue city" Chefchaouen (population around 43,000), just inland from Tangier. It’s cool to get lost in the old medina (old town) - founded along with the city itself in the 15th century - so stunning I didn't mind wandering aimlessly through its cobalt labyrinth. This town is also a prodigious place to get your shopping done, with handicrafts not always available in the rest of the country -…

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Chuffed by Chefchaouen, Morocco's 'Blue City'

               Blue skies, blue seas...this is a colour which we associate with open spaces, freedom, expansiveness, and inspiration. Blue's cool tonality also invokes, among other things, rest and tranquillity; it's even been shown to lower blood pressure. And of course, especially when it's used in architecture, blue never fails to impress - especially when it's the dominant colour scheme, as in a small number of towns and cities throughout the world, such as Jodhpur, India; Júzcar (aka "the…

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