#FMTM: The Ocher City, Jabadours and the all too famous Couscous

Hello guys!

No, you’re not dreaming! I’ve finally had time to write another #FMTM post. Okay, I don’t really have time but I’m making it anyway because I miss these posts and I hope you do too. The last one was like 3 months ago (?!?) about the Blue City, this time it’s the Ocher city. I frankly don’t know what us Moroccans have with naming our cities after colors but it’s always for a reason. A reason you’ll find out a little farther down. Previous posts were all about The Capital, Beaches down South and the Blue City. Without further ado, let’s dive in.

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Random Fact: The Cop22 –United Nation Conference on Climate Change– this year was in Marrakech, the ocher city.

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If you know Morocco then Marrakech is most probably the only city you know, if not that, then the first one you ever knew because it’s the most famous place here and also the one that gets the most tourist traffic for some reason. Foreigners just love it there haha! And I bet you would too, it’s a beautiful place! It is called the ochre city simply because every single building of it is painted a different shade of red.

What inspired me to finally write this post is the fact that I was there a couple of weeks ago with my family and that reminded me of how much I love it. It is such a vibrant city, always buzzing with activity and people. It is also so very rich with places to visit, historical and more modern. And here are a few favorites of mine:

Jemaa El Fna

This is not a monument by any stretch of the world but it is historical and a staple piece of Morocco, one you can’t go without visiting. Jemaa El Fna is a public Square that was, back in the 12th century, dedicated to public executions. Morbid, I know! But do not fear, it couldn’t be farther away from that now, it is a magical place, animated by hundreds of dancers, traditional storytellers, actors, games, there are also dozens of Orange Juice sellers -which they make in front of you, Henna designing type women, but I wouldn’t recommend getting it from them because they’ll rob you off, you can get it for much cheaper elsewhere. Local type, you’re welcome!

Oh! You can also find snake charmers which can let you hold them snakes and take picture with them, there are monkeys as well.

Other than that, there are Souks which as I explained before are a traditional kind of market, where you can find localy crafted things. There is one that’s called Tle3 Hbet, which literally means Up and Down because it has lots of stairs going up and down. Obviously, haha! You can find there everything I talked about in the other posts, from wood and metal decorative pieces, to shoes and babouches including outfits, jewelery, food, spices, etc… There also a café-restaurant there with a dope view on the whole square and it is stunning,, especially at night !

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Fun Fact: I got lost there when I was 5 years old which traumatized me and that’s an experience I’ll never forget. Not so fun, to be honest haha!

The Koutoubia Mosque

It is across the avenue from Jemaa El Fna so you can do both in a day. It is from around the same time as the square and was built by The AlMoravides Dynasty. It has a beautiful structures and one of the biggest interiors, it can hold up to 20 thousand people. It also has some pretty gardens next to it that I remember playing it all the time as a kid (my aunt lives there and I spent all my holidays with her).

Jardin Majorelle

You’re going to laugh at me but for all the times I’ve been to Marrakech, I never stepped foot in those gardens and I’M DYING TO. From what I know, it is such a gorgeous place to just walk and take a breath of fresh, maybe even to find inspiration. Also, taking killer pictures anyone? Yes, please!! It was created by French painter Jacque Majorelle. It is basically beautiful shady lanes, where you can walk surrounded by exotic plants and little pools and fountains. It is also VERY blue! (Can you tell that it is my favorite color?)

Terres d’Amanar

Well, this isn’t exactly IN Marrakech but if you love nature, physical activity and adrenaline this is the place for you. It is an estate located at the foothill of the Atlas mountains, 30 minutes away from the city where you can lodge, eat and do a gazillion activities like zip-lining, accro park, archery, rock climbing and many others. And even if you don’t like any of these, you can just lounge by the pool, reading a book (appealing, right?) with a breath-taking view.

What’s cool about this place is that it employes local families which means that they don’t have to leave their homes and go to the city looking for jobs. It is also eco-friendly. You can sleep in huts or rooms and the food is 100% traditional. They receive couples, families, groups of friends, as well as business team and they can do orientating and team building activities just for them.

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Jabadours are a two piece traditional “suit” in the sense of it’s made of a top and pants. Originally, only men wore them but they came to make ones for women too, even though we still don’t wear them that often, only in the more “chill” special occasions do we wear them, in fact I don’t even own one, I haven’t in years haha! They’re typically worn on there own as well as under Jellabas for women, and as for men, they wear them with a Selham which is a kind of superhero cape, but not really. (I am amazing at explaining things) I really like them because you look dressed up while still being very comfy.

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I’m drooling just thinking of this. Honestly! I’m inviting all of you and making it for lunch. It is a steamed semolina (Steamed 3 times, that number is key to a great couscous) served with all kinds of veggies and meat. The most common one is served with cow meat, potatoes, carrots, zucchini, pumkin, turnip and cabbage. But there are other kinds that berbers make, and being one I’ve had all kinds. There’s a kind with lentils, another with only carrots and broad beans, another with zucchini and eggplant. And they’re all so so yummy, though I must admit my favorite is the first and basic one!

We typically serve it for lunch Fridays after the prayer but for families that are busy that day and don’t get together after prayer, we have it on Sundays where we can all gather and spend some quality family time.

As in the last post, I had no asked questions that section is missing from today’s post BUT if you have ANY kinds of question you want to ask about the culture, the customs, the people, ANYTHING, feel free to ask them in the comments and I’ll make sure to answer them in the next post.


That’s it until next time.

Did you ever visit Morocco ? If so, what cities ? And If you have any questions, leave themm in the comments below!

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#FMTM: The Blue City, Mendils and Almond Cookies

Hello Guys !

It’s that time of the month again when you join me on a journey to discover another Moroccan city. In the previous #FMTM posts, I talked about The Capital -where I live- and we went a little south to discover beautiful beaches surrounding Agadir, for this month’s post we’ll head north for a very Blue post. I know I said that these posts are going to go up once a month but Uni is starting back for me in 2 weeks and I’ll be a very busy potato so I’ll try to post these whenever I can, but since they take me the most time to write (read: the whole damn day) I think they’ll be even more spaced out than that, the most important thing is that I’m not stopping.

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Random Fact: During our weddings the bride changes outfits at least 5 times through the night, and the wedding usually goes from 9pm to 5am  the next day.

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You guys know I was MIA last weekend (maybe not?). Scheduled blog posts went up but other than that I was nowhere to be seen. Know why? Because I was away in my favorite city in the whole country, and not just because of the color -which helps a lot- but there’s just something about being perched up in the mountains that’s peaceful and calming and I just love the vibe going on there. That trip was one of the best experiences of my life and I’ll tell you all about it in this post, which will make it a little different from the previous ones.

What we did and where we went

If you’ve been following me from the beginning, you know that I’m a medstudent and I talked a couple of times about an international exchange program that we can do to go anywhere in the world for a month for an internship as well as for tourism as many times as we want and it’s considerably cheaper than the conventional way. So, this august we had a lot of people coming over from all around the world (Serbia, Croatia,  Lithuania, Taiwan, Spain, Portugal, Romania, Turkey, Italy etc…) and since I’m part of the welcoming committee we had to program a bunch of activities for the month and last week-end we took them to Chefchaouen and let me tell you, that bunch of people is the best and most fun group I’ve been a part of in my life. Everyone is easy-going, open minded, spontaneous and ready for some fun.

I’m getting off track sorry haha. As I was saying, it was a 5 hour journey from Rabat by mini-bus and we arrived to our hostel (A Riad) around sunset and went directly to the roof which by the way I wanted to live in because the view from there is breathtaking.

Then we changed and went down to Outa-hemmam -which is the city center- to have some dinner. One thing that really amazed me there, is how cheap the food is, I had 2 dinners and 2 lunches for around 180MAD (=16EU =18$), so afterwards we had a night walk around the city , it was buzzing with life and energy, there was a painter, a guy playing his guitar and entertaining a small crowd, it was a mesmerizing sort of vibe, I loved it. Afterwards, we went back to the roof (duuh!) and stayed there until 4am.

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The next day, we woke up at 8am and headed for Akchour which was one of most beautiful places I’ve been to in my life. Even the journey there had some breathtaking landscapes, I just kept gaping from the window like a little kid in front of a toy store.

But you’re wondering what this place is, right? It’s a paradise on earth, around an hour away from Chefchaouen, it has waterfalls and little ponds with clear and VERY cold water and an amazing hiking scenery. Though, I must admit, it is a very tiring and physical hike, because there is no real trail to follow, you just hike through rocks and water and everything in between. I think our walk was around 20km back and forth so if you ever think of going there gear up and hydrate plenty, you’ll need it. Once we arrived to a site where we couldn’t walk anymore because water was ahead of, some of us stopped and swam while I went with a group of friends on swim/hike meaning we swam to the other side of the little pool and explored even more which was the best idea because we found an awesome diving site. And OH MY GOD! I’ve never swam in water as cold as that one, you can’t even begin to imagine how it was. Absolutely refreshing. And amazing. And just plain magical.

On Sunday, I woke up with monster sourness in my limbs buy hey, who cares? I had fun and it wasn’t over yet. We went for a walk around the Blue City to buy souvenirs and obviously take pictures because EVERYTHING there is a prime picture background, I’m not even joking. I’m in love with this little town, I swear it hasn’t even been a week and I’m already in withdrawal #Sendhelp. Though, if you want to venture in its narrow streets you either get a guide or a heck of a good sense of orientation, because it is a maze filled with little shops and houses.

My friends and I took so many hilarious and amazing pictures and just kept running around town being silly children until it was time to go so we didn’t get to see everything but we were very happy and that’s what matters. Here’s one of me where I played model for a friend of mine who loves taking pictures:

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Places we didn’t get to visit 

For this part, I had a fellow Moroccan who follows my blog help me, it’s his city after all, so thank you Ilias for all the information you kindly shared with me!

  • Ras El Ma 

Which literally translates to “the head of the water” and it’s a water source at the very top of  Chefchaouen, collecting water coming from the moutain top. While I got to visit last time I went I don’t remember it very well so this is a must-go for me next time I go.

  • Al Kasbah

This too is on Outa-Hemmam so it’s impossible to miss and now that I’m looking into it, I kind of regret not visiting. It is a classic Kasbah though considerably smaller than the ones you’d find around Morocco because the city is tiny (No shit Sherlock!). Inside, it holds a former prison, a beautiful garden, and a museum.

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While we’re still up north, I’ll show you something that’s pretty exclusive to northern women whom we call “Jbala”. It’s the Mendil that they wrap around their waists, especially old women and in small towns and villages. The original ones, that are most commun are like you can see on the picture on the left or simply striped in white and red, they’re typically handmade of wool or more rarely of cotton. The ones on the second picture I purchased for myself and my grandma. The one that’s laid down I’m used as a bed end and the other more traditional looking one is for her because she loves wearing them. Back in the day, the stripe colors had a purpose, they allowed people to know what tribes women belonged to.

3This part is pretty much here just to make your mouths water *evil laugh*. Almonds are an abondant thing here in Morocco so everything is an excuse to use them. I won’t complain I adore almost all of our Almond cookies (which is almost ALL Moroccan cookies). There’s an infinity of shapes and varieties so you can never get tired of them.

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“Who are the famous Moroccan celebrities? Singers, actors, writers, etc! “   – Naz @ Read Diverse Books.

Music Industry:

  • Saad LamjarredSinger. This one is huge all over the world, which is pretty rare for Moroccan artists localy based.
  • French MontanaRapper. Yep, he’s Moroccan, born and raised.
  • RedOneProducer. He was born and raised in Morocco too, though he immigrated to Sweden at 19 and then off to the US he went.

Film Industry:

  • Laila MarrakchiFilmmaker. She made some pretty known movies and has won several awards.
  • Nabil AyouchFilmmaker. This one’s pretty controversial because his movies are often about taboos in our society.
  • Gad El MalehComedian. Oh man! This guy is a Moroccan Jew, born in Morocco but spent most his life in France. He’s so hilarious, he never fails to bring me to tears.

Sports:

  • Nawal MoutawakelHurdler. She’s one of the best athletes Morocco has ever known. 1984 Olympic champion and former Sports and Youth Minister.
  •  Hicham El GuerroujMiddle Distance Runner. He won two Gold medals in 2004 Athens Olympics.
  • Nezha BidouaneHurdler. 1997 and 2001 World Champion as well as 2000 Olympic champion.

Literature:

  • Fatima MernissiSociologist and Feminist. She wrote a lot about equality and the role of women in our society.
  • Tahar Ben JellounWriter, poet and painter. He’s one of the biggest, if not THE biggest writer in Morocco and I loved every work of his I read. He writes in French.
  • Malika OufkirWriter. This one writes mostly about her life as she was tightly linked to the royal family.
  • Abdellah TaïaWriter. This one is also very controversial in Morocco because he’s one of the few openly gay men. And that, is a topic for another day.
  • Driss ChraïbiWriter. He wrote mostly about the colonialism that was in Morocco in the first half of the 20th century.

 

“Would you say there is a very big rich/poor divide, or is everyone generally well-off. So what I’m asking is, is wealth concentrated in one place? Is it easy to become rich?” Fatima @ Noteable Pad.

Well, THIS is an interesting question because yes there is a pretty big gap between the poor and the rich as we even have remote places that not even roads get too but as we say here “No one is hungry” meaning that even the poorest people find a way to feed themselves, with some help or without it. And I don’t think wealth is concentrated in once place, because even small towns have their wealthy “known” people but I’ll say that millionaires and the like are agglomerated in big cities like Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech and Fes. Lastly, I wouldn’t say that becoming rich is easy because you have to be built a certain way and have a certain mindset to make it BUT it’s not impossible either, there are a lot of success stories of people who started with nothing and now make more money in a month than I would in my whole life.

These questions were a lot of fun to answer and if any of you have more, I’ll be happy to tackle them in the next post.

And I wanted to ask, if any of my Moroccan readers want me to showcase their city and would like to help with the post just send me an email and I would be happy to do it.


That’s it until next time.

Did you ever visit Morocco ? If so, what cities ? And what was your favorite part of your holiday here ?

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#FMTM : Beaches, Caftans and my favorite Pastillas

Hello guys !

Guess what today is? (Okay, you know already because of the title and all) It is time for our next stop on our Moroccan tour. You seemed to really enjoy getting to know my country a little better on my first post for #FMTM where I talked all about our capital, Jellabas and Tagines. This time, it’s for you all beach lovers. Going to the beach is seriously one of my favorite things to do of all times and if you’re like me, I hope you’ll enjoy discovering a city known for its surrounding beaches which we’ll hopefully have you running -more like flying, but whatever- to visit.

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Random Fact: In Arabic Morocco is called “Maghreb” which translates to West. And Morocco is the most western North African country.

1Agadir is one of Morocco’s most famous costal cities, it peers on the Atlantic Ocean and is at the foot of the Atlas mountains, so the whole region makes for a really peculiar mix of beaches and mountains. I’ve known this city almost my whole life and have been going every summer for over 10 years now. Most people there speak a kind of Berber that’s called Tashelhit which happens to be the kind that I speak (There are 3 kinds if you want to know). I will not only be talking to you about the city but also its surrounding beaches and a little piece of paradise.

Souk El Had

Yes, you’ve guessed it ! Almost every major city in Morocco has its big Souk. Souk El Had translates to “Sunday Market” This one isn’t located inside of the Old Medina, in the midst of houses, like in Rabat. It is a structure of its own, surrounded by a huge wall and you can access it from a gazillion doors, okay it’s more like 13 and each door leads to a part of the market that’s designed for a “craft” of some sort, so it’s really practical when you’re looking for something in particular. Some can take right into the fruit and veggie section, to the fish one, others to clothes, electronics (yep), spice shops (we have a lot of those), to sum it up, anything that you could need you can find in there. What I love about this is that almost every part of it is shielded from the sun, so you can wander around without being afraid of sunburns and dehydration.

Kasbah Agadir Oufella

I love love LOVE this place ! The view is absolutely breathtaking, water as far as  the eye can see, it is even more gorgeous . Agadir Oufella in Tashelhit translates to Agadir from Above and it is pretty self explanatory. It stands high above Agadir (236m) and from there you can see the whole city as well as the ocean. The hill it stands on, has inscribed on it in Arabic “God, the Homeland, the King” which is kind of our moroccan moto and is said at the end of our anthem. So, what it actually holds are the ruins of a citadel that was pit out there by the Saîdie dynasty to protect the city against the portuguese attacks.

Since you know me so well and I love you guys, here’s yours truly making a fool out of herself there a couple of weeks back hehe, don’t thank me, thank the friend who took this picture while I was expressing myself.

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The beaches

  • Aghroud Beach

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Which is 35km from Agadir and one of the only two, I’ve been too – sad I know. It is really pretty and quite calm, what’s cool about it is that you can buy your fish right there and then, right out of the ocean from the fishermen’s small boats, so you know that it is fresh.

  • Imsouane Beach

This one is around 80km away from Agadir and is the other one I’ve been too. SO. PRETTY. Windy too, but still, really beautiful. The wind makes for great surfing waves -from what I’ve heard. Imsouane is actually a tiny town, 100% touristic that has small hotels and inns so you can stay there for a few days if that’s what you want. And I suggest you do ! I was there last year and had a direct view on the ocean. I seriously fell in love.

  • Legzira Beach

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I NEED TO GO OKAY ? This place is so freaking gorgeous, can you believe I’ve never been there ? It’s around 170 km away from Agadir so it’s not even that far away. It is closest to a little town called Mirleft and that’s where you can lodge if you happen to never want to leave this place. If you love hikes and/or are a surfer, this is the place for you.

There are a lot more beautiful beaches that I could talk to you about but this post would get incredibly long.

Paradise Valley

Yes, that’s what it really is called and it truly deserves the name. It is a valley (duh !) full of greenery whichever way you look and in the middle of it a hidden gem : Waterfalls and cold turquoise clear water that’s absolutely delicious to swim in. It is around 60km away from Agadir. One advice I have though, if you have the possibility to go during Spring go for it because it is way more crowded in the Summer.

To get to the waters you have to hike through gorgeous forests and amazing sceneries for around an hour that I swear you wouldn’t even feel, because it is so very enjoyable. Once you get there, you either relax by the water or, if you’re an adrenaline junky like myself, jump off of cliffs. BEST FEELING EVER.

2Here’s the thing. Saturday I was at a wedding until Sunday at dawn (that’s how we roll in Morocco, but that’s to discuss another time) I was wearing a billion inches heals and danced until my feet hurt, took them off and danced some more. But that’s besides the point haha. I brought up the wedding because the outfit I’ll talk about is the one that we get out of the closet for weddings: Caftans, and more specifically the 2 pieces one. There are also one piece ones but those are rarely worn in weddings, they’re more for baptêmes, engagement parties and other occasions. Again, like most of our traditional wear, they are handmade and usually tailored to the wearer’s style and wants. Here are some :

Oh, here’s the one I wore to the wedding :

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Side note: I was wearing my hair down but with the heat and the dancing… Yeah, it didn’t work out so well and it had to get out of the way.

3Pastillas are some of our big occasion meals. And I also had it at the wedding, so there’s that. I honestly don’t know how to explain it haha. It’s this crunchy “shell” of circle shaped dough made of water and flour that’s cooked kind of like crêpes (even thinner than those to be honest) and filled with ALL them delicious things.

So, what do we know now? That I suck at explaining things. And also that it is delicious and you should try it. The most common ones are: The salty one made with fish and sea food (my favorite) – squeeze lemon juice on top of it, you’re welcome- and the sweet one made of chicken and almonds often served with cinnamon and powdered sugar.

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So, none of you had any questions to ask me *sad face* I’ll go ahead and answer some of the most asked questions that I received or heard of at some point in my life.

  • Where are the camels?

This is a question someone asked on Twitter after my first #FMTM post last month. To be honest, it is quite offending (Do your research people) but let’s role with it. The camels are in the Sahara desert, which is in the South of the country, or you can find them in some beaches for touristic purposes.

  • How do you greet each other?

Moroccan are big into kissing, like REAL BIG. But not people of the opposite sex, then a handshake will do (Note that some hijabi women prefer not to shake hands with men).

  • How do I dress? (Asked by girls)

All in all, you should avoid to show too much skin, just to be respectful of the people around. In the big cities, tank tops are fine, a little above the knee is too (to the beach though, you can wear whatever floats you boat). In the small towns and villages, it is better to stick to a t-shirt and pants though.

Those are the ones I could think of haha. If you guys don’t have any questions to ask, I think I’ll get rid of this section. If you do, please live them in the comments below and I’ll make sure to answer them.

And I wanted to ask, if any of my Moroccan readers want me to showcase their city and would like to help with the post just send me an email and I would be happy to do it.


That’s it until next time.

Did you ever visit Morocco ? If so, what cities ? And what was your favorite part of your holiday here ?

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#FMTM : The Capital, Jellabas and Delicious Tagines

Hello guys !

I don’t know if many of you saw it, but a few weeks back, more exactly in my April Wrap-up, I run this idea by you, to start making posts about Morocco because a lot of people don’t know much about it. I got all positive responses. And I AM SO EXCITED – AND ALSO FREAKING OUT. Introducing : Follow me through Morocco. This will also be my humble participation to my twinnie aka Marie‘s Souvenirs From Across the World Project #SFATW.

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But first and foremost, what’s Morocco ? Well, my friends, Morocco is a country. Okay, just kidding, I’m back at it again with my lame humour. Sorry. Won’t happen again. (It most definitely will happen again) Morocco is a North-African Muslim Kingdom, bordering in the north the Mediterranean Sea, in the west the Atlantic Ocean, east is Algeria and south Mauritania. The  population is a blend of Arabs and Berbers (I’m a mix of both, YAY!) which makes Moroccan Arabic also called Darija (Da-ree-ja) and Berber (Amazigh) our official languages.Now that you know the basics, let’s get on with the post.

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Random Fact: Morocco was under French and Spanish protectorate from 1912 to 1956. That’s the reason for French being so widely spoken here. Spanish is only spoken in northern regions.

1You guessed it from the title. Rabat is our Capital but also the city I’ve been living in for 6 years now. It is separated from our neighbor-city Salé only by the Bouregreg river. I won’t bore you with facts about it hehe. Uncle Google can help with that, instead I’ll give you a little tour. There are so many beautiful places here.

The Old Medina

It’s the “Original” Rabat, the rest is just an extension of it. Like every Old Medina in Morocco, it is a maze, you most definitely want to go there with someone who knows their way around. It has a souk (Moroccan Market) in its depths, you can find every kind of shop their. Clothes shops – traditional and normal, leather shops, selling traditional shoes and bags, you can even watch the craftsmen making some if you’re lucky, jewelry shops, mostly selling gold and silver, others selling little pearl trinquets, food shops/food carts, spice shops, the infamous carpet shops and so on and so forth. It really has everything, oh, even some bookstalls, the books are usually beat up but you can find some little treasures.

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This last one is a very dear to my heart, because people like that don’t exist anymore. It is a man who has had his little bookshop for over 50 years and each time you’d pass by you’ll find him reading a book, undisturbed by the rest of the world.

Mohamed V mausoleum / Hassan Tower

Why did I combine them ? Because they’re on the same esplanade. The Mohamed V mausoleum contains the tombs of King Mohamed V – Our current King Mohamed VI ‘s grandfather – and his two sons, King Hassan II and Prince Moulay Abdellah but that’s not the reason I want you to visit it. I want you to come along with me to admire its magnificent architecture, it is done in the Arabo-andalou style that’s common to a lot of monuments in Morocco, it has the typical green tile roof that we call Qoba and its carving is so detailed and all done by hand, it is really impressive.

The Hassan tour is peculiar and unique in its own way, because it is the unfinished Minaret of what was supposed to be the largest and tallest mosque in the world in 1196. The construction stopped when it’s founder Yacoub Al Mansour died. There are a LOT of columns around it that were destined to the mosque that make for really cool picture props now.

Kasbah of Oudayas

It is very probably my favorite place in the city. It is a true little fortress on the bank of the Bouregreg river. And guess what? People actually live between its blue narrow streets, and the people are SO welcoming there. Aside from roaming the streets you can wander around the gardens and visit the museum of Moroccan Arts.

OH, and if you don’t sit to sip on some Moroccan Tea and eat our traditional sweets in the Café des Maures then all of this was for nothing, its view is beautiful and so relaxing and ideal for you fellow writers. But don’t go on the weekend if you’re looking for calmness, it gets super crowded, the upside to it is that you can even encounter Gnaoua who are traditional musicians and singers that you can see in a picture below.

The Museum of Modern Art

This is a fairly new addition to the city. The Museum was ushered in 2014 by our King and is near the Old Medina (Note: Everything I just talked about isn’t far away from the Old Medina). Displayed inside of it are pieces of modern art from Moroccan as well as International artists. If you ask me, the monument itself is a piece of art, it has the Moroccan traditional signature to it while still being modern. If you’re an art lover, this is a must visit, plus the entry fees are very cheap, between 20 and 40 dirhams which is like 2 to 4 dollars more or less.

There are plenty other places to visit in Rabat and this post would be never ending if I talk about them all.

2So, for us Muslims, it is now Ramadan. I thought what better time than to talk to you guys about Jellabas.

Jellabas are both men and women’s wear. Some of us wear them on a daily basis, generally older people, while others -including me- wear them only in some occasions, like religious holidays, or in this instance Ramadan to go to the mosque or see family. They are these long hooded dresses that can be really simple or very fancy that are handmade, usually tailored to the wearer’s style and wants, in all and any colors. Pictures speak better than words in situations like this one :

Here’s one last picture for the road, of me forever ago -2 years- in one of my Jellabas in the classiest way of picture taking, a mirror selfie :

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3The word stands for both the meal and the utensil, it is a staple in every Moroccan home, proof: These are only the ones we have at home.

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Tajines are deliciousness that we eat with bread (homemade preferably) and WITH OUR HANDS, don’t you dare use a fork to eat it. You actually can if you’re not comfortable the other way around, but as we say “Half the taste is in the hand” and it is true, trust me, I know what I’m talking about. It is usually cooked with beef, sheep or chicken but sometimes other kinds of meat can be used. And any veggies you have at home can do the trick because the magic is in the spices (and the utensil). Dried fruits as well as nuts can be cooked in a Tagine too and that makes for more of a sweet-salty mix that you’d fall head over heels for if that’s your thing, and let’s face it, everyone loves it.

4Well, this is a rubric that I yet have to implement and I hope you guys want to be a part of it. I want you to ask all kinds of questions about the country, the culture, anything and everything that crosses your mind and I’ll be more than happy to answer them in the next post.

We’ve reached the end of today’s post and I really really hope you liked it and that this made you want to buy a ticket ASAP and come over for a visit.

And I wanted to ask, if any of my Moroccan readers want me to showcase their city and would like to help with the post just send me an email and I would be happy to do it.

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That’s it until next time.

Did you ever visit Morocco ? If so, what cities ? And what was your favorite part of your holiday here ?

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