After the charming, cool atmosphere of Essaouira, Marrakech was noisy, busy, hot and the hotel rooms didn’t have AC or even a fan. I’ve never seen a bathroom where you had to walk through the shower to get to the toilet! It was a small comfort that the public areas were some of the most
Essaouira, a fortified town on the Atlantic coast, was literally a breath of fresh air as the temperature was downright pleasant with a cool breeze sweeping through the labyrinthine medina, not to mention a fantastic sandy beach. After a week traversing the desert everybody enjoyed some free time
Ait Benhaddou is a ksar or fortified village on the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech, in between the Atlas ranges. It’s dubbed the Hollywood of Morocco as quite a number of blockbuster movies like “Alexander”, “The Mummy”, “The Gladiator” and the Bond movie “The
In addition to the Rif mountains in the north, the Atlas ranges transverse the country, divided into the Middle Atlas, the High Atlas and the Anti-Atlas. It is one of the highest mountain range in Africa, separating the Sahara from the coastal region. The mountain slopes and valleys are inhabited
Fez is situated at the crossroads of all the important routes in the country and served as the capital for centuries until 1927, evidenced by an imposing royal palace area. The hat of the same name, a short, red cylinder with a black tassel attached to the top, originated in Fez but became famous
For some reason, I never imagined Morocco as a land of agriculture, but the truth is that about 30% of the area is farmland with very fertile, black soil. Yellow melons scattered like Easter eggs over field after field and hay stacks the size of barns whizzed past as we hurried towards the site of
Chefchaouen lies high up in the Rif mountains and the reason for its nickname “the blue city” was apparent even from afar. Buildings are mostly painted white but doorframes, window sills and doors are more often than not the most vivid of blue. Streets often have signs in both Arabic and
The history of Morocco, starting from 788 AD, could be summed up as “a number of dynasties, each lasting just over a century” until the current Alaouite dynasty started its rule in 1638. Morocco of today, however, became independent in 1956 after having been a protectorate of France and Spain
For a country no more than 340 kilometres long, Albania has a pristine and mostly undeveloped coastline along both the Adriatic and the Ionian seas. The Llogara Pass, at an elevation of more than 1000 metres, is the watershed between them and gives travellers an uninterrupted view of sea mingling
The centre of Tirana is easily explored on foot and its heart is the Skanderbeg Square. Gjergj Kastrioti was born in 1405 and taken from his family at a young age, raised at the Ottoman court and became a prominent military commander, which earned him the honorific Iskender Beg, “Lord
A dream journey through eight countries nestled between North and South America as well as the Caribbean and the Pacific.
Colourful, monochrome, abundant, arid - Morocco is everything!
The newest country in Europe and the most unknown await exploration!
Easter in the apex of the Classic World.
A week in the sun mid-Winter!
To start off the festive season: Xmas markets in the Tyrol!
Finally walking the Holy Land.
My mother's anniversary under the Mediterranean sun
A close-by green land, but still a bit different, a bit more scenic, a bit more rural; welcome to Ireland!
From the Baltic via the Black to the Mediterranean Sea - the Eastern fringe of Europe awaits!