Why Morocco Should Be On Your To Do List

We were headed to Turkey but my mother was worried about its proximity to Syria… now in retrospect, it would have been a great place to go but who wants to be convincing someone the whole time that they should feel safe when they don’t? Not my idea of a vacation, so we changed our plans and went to Morocco. As it was the summer time, it was very hot which kind of changed our approach to the trip. Not wanting to backpack in the heat of the desert, we did a few things ourselves and a few the old-fashioned way… via a car, a driver and a tour guide.

Our top 7 smiles were:

1. The Food – from amazing olives, to warm bread, to fresh orange juice, to vegetarian tangines we had something for everybody πŸ™‚

2. The Souks– there is nothing like shopping in the old-fashioned markets where everything is crammed in the tiniest space but still looks like it was photo shopped – so adorable and so interesting πŸ™‚

3. The Riads- the most gorgeous hotels ever that look like they jumped off home decorating pages of magazines.. a combination of living outside and inside and nothing beats a hot night upstairs lounging outside on a sofa looking over a city πŸ™‚

4. Essaouira – we loved everything about this city… one of my all time favs…the souks, the water, the fishermen, the boats, the restaurants, the people… it has it all. one stop wonder. πŸ™‚

5. Chefchaouen- the gorgeously painted blue city that doesn’t seem real. Go out and get lost in the old part and wander the alleys taking pics of the most amazing doors πŸ™‚

6. Sahara Desert – there is nothing quite like it. It is beautiful, hot, dry (well not in our case, it rained), and a camel ride is one your butt will never forget… in fact I so enjoyed the camel ride (not), that I got off and walked beside my camel in the desert and yes, this is hard work πŸ˜‰

7. Train Ride – it is always fun to take the train and experience some local transportation unless you are Chris who didn’t get a sleeper car and spent the nite with the men while they smoked, ate and talked… all night long. πŸ™‚

The 3 frowns were awarded to:

1. The touts in Marrakech – arriving at the bus station in the early morning, we were literally pulled from one spot to the other as the taxi drivers fought over our business – not a fav moment 😦

2. Getting lost in the souks in Marrkech- yes, it is possible and it is hard to find your way and it is hot and there are touts galore and yes, you finally give up and pay a tout to show you the way home 😦

3. Getting the wrong henna – yes the black lasts longer but don’t look up on the Internet why after you have had it done. just do the right thing and get the brown/red one and yes, it will come off sooner but at least your skin will stay on! 😦


  1. any1mark66 · May 23, 2015

    A trip doesn’t begin until something unexpected happens. Sandstorm and taxi drivers, just part of big picture.

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