Posts Tagged ‘Marrakech’

The Bahia Palace, Marrakech

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Located along Rue Bahia Bab in the Mellah district of the Marrakech Medina is the Bahia Palace, a stunning set of tranquil gardens enclosed within the beautifully decorated walled pavilions. Bou Ahmed, a former slave who rose to a position of power under sultans Moulay Hassam and Abd Aziz, built the palace in the last […]

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The Tagine Pot

Monday, November 17th, 2014

The Tagine (or Tajine) is perhaps the most popular dish in Morocco. It can be found literally everywhere, from the roadside café to the luxury restaurant, and remains a staple meal for both tourists and locals alike. The slow-cooked savoury stew is typically made with sliced meat, poultry, or fish together with vegetables – although […]

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The Independent Shops of the Marrakech Medina

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Although Marrakech is famous for the shops and stalls of the Souks, every single alleyway, derb or street in the red city is filled with wonderful shops. These shops range from unique boutiques selling handmade jewellery, woodcraft items or leather shoes to more standard ‘newsagent-style’ shops selling water, drinks and confectionary. The frequency of these […]

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Marrakech by night in the Summer

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

During the summer, local Marrakchis will always tell you that their city is better during the night. Many often chuckle at the idea of leaving indoors and traipsing around the streets during the day on the tourist trail, preferring to nap the day away inside. Indeed, Marrakech summers are always very hot; just this last […]

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Postcards and Letters from Marrakech

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Isn’t it wonderful when you receive a postcard or handwritten letter from a loved one whilst they are holiday? There is nothing better than sharing the magic of Marrakech with a friend, family or loved one in a personal note. Furthermore, with the risk of sounding like a stamp collector, there is something quite enjoyable […]

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Iftar in Marrakech

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The Iftar, taken from the Arabic إفطار‎, which literally translates as ‘Breakfast’, refers to the evening meal when Muslims end their fast during Ramadan. In Morocco, as elsewhere, it is traditional for people to try and break their fast at home, with their families. Therefore in the moments leading up to Iftar there is a […]

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The Watermelons of Marrakech

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Watermelons are thought to have originated in southern Africa, where it is often found growing wild. Of course, today the watermelon is enjoyed all over the world and is often associated with warm climates and hot weather. It is not surprising then that Morocco is the world’s 12th melon exporter in the world. Indeed, melon […]

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Ras el Hanout

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Morocco cuisine is known throughout the world for it’s extensive use of spices. Perhaps the most prevelant in Moroccan cooking is Ras el Hanout, a mixture of ground spices that literally translates as ‘the head of the shop’, implying that the spice provides the best the shop has to offer. The recipe for Ras el […]

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The Seasonal Jobs of Ramadan

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

  During the month of Ramadan, many Moroccan’s change their job to fit the alternate rhythm of life during this period. As the Muslim people fast during the day, the small shops and many of the non-tourist restaurants which sell food and drink to locals need to find a way to make money. Abdil invited us […]

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100 years of Moroccan trains, 50 years of The National Office of Railways (ONCF)

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

100 hundred years ago the first train line was built in Morocco. It connected the cities of Casablanca and Berrechid and was used to transport supply military troops of the French Protectorate. Fast forward almost exactly 50 years and The National Office of Railways – or the ONCF as it is now more commonly known […]

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