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Granada: Alhambra

Today is Friday, July 17. We started the day with a mass in a beautiful church in Granada with our amazing Father Scott Lewis. And then we visited Alhambra, the last and greatest Moorish palace, one of Europe’s top tourist attractions. 8000 tourists visit this place everyday. Alhambra’s Islamic palaces, …

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Granada: the Story of Zoraya

My dear blog-readers, I prepared this story for you for this part of the trip: the story of Isabel de Solis. It is my favourite. I first learned about this amazing woman from the Spanish series Isabel, season 2. Isabel de Solís was the slave concubine and later the beloved wife …

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Gibraltar

Thursday, July 16, we said goodbye to our Moroccan guide and began the Spanish portion of our trip. Here is what we saw first from our ferry boat: This huge ‘Sacred Heart of Jesus’ statue welcomes everybody who arrives to the harbour of the Spanish town Tarifa. After 10 days in …

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En las arenas del Sahara – A goodbye post for Morocco.

My dear friends, this post is different. It is a little treat, especially for all those who speak Spanish. We have a very special lady in our group. Her name is Nubia. She is from Colombia. Spanish is her first language and she enjoys writing poems in that language. Nubia …

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From Fès to Tangier – our last day in Morocco

Hello everybody, thank you again for all your comments and for nice feedback I am getting from many of you. Today, Wednesday, July 15, was our last day in Morocco. Six hours on the bus + some sighseeing. Here are some highlights: 1. Volubilis. The Mauritanian capital, founded in the …

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Fès: tanneries and Islamic art

This is what Fès is famous for – Chouwara Tanneries. Fès has been associated with the traditional craft of tanning since at least the Middle Ages. Visitors cannot enter the tanneries but can watch the action from balconies overlooking them. Hides from cows, camels, or goats are first cleaned, then soaked …

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Fès: another imperial city

Fès, Morocco’s oldest Islamic city and third largest after the capital Rabat and the commercial hub Casablanca, is a 1,200-year-old living museum of historic Hispano-Arabic culture and architecture that blends harmoniously with the cosmopolitan edge it has enjoyed for centuries. Ceremonial Palace in Fès. Medina in Fès is the largest old town …

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Fès: people and donkeys

This is a special post for my daughter Barbara who asked me to take some pictures of people and donkeys in Fès. Barbara is the person who set up and helped me with this blog, she is my own graphic designer. Thank you Basia for your help, here are some pictures …

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On the road again…

Monday, July 13. A very long drive to Fes. Here are some highlights of the day: 1. A very long oasis: 2. A rather large lake: 3. Driving through the mountains – Middle Atlas 4. Lunch in a Kasbah, it looked like a castle: 5.Lovely towns and minarets: 6. Nomads …

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Sunrise in the desert

Hello everybody! We are in Mazouga, right in front of the Sahara Desert. On Sunday, July 12, we woke up at 3:45 and began our camel ride around 4:30. We wanted to see the sunrise in the desert. Here is a series of pictures from that incredible morning: Climbing this …

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