Tag Archives: Africa

Chefchaouen: where people made their city a mirror to the sky

Chefchaouen: where people made their city a mirror to the sky
2.300 km of a journey through Morocco ended in Chefchaouen. In stark contrast to both the dryness of the south and the chaotic medinas of other cities, Chefchaouen is a blue oasis of cool calmness. The Rif Mountains contribute in full.  After having stepped in the footpaths of Jim Jarmusch’s hip vampires of Only Lovers Left Alive in Tangier, traded in leather in the impressive medina of hot Fes, experienced rain in the Sahara ... [read more]

Trippin’ and roadtripping in Morocco: Sahara – Aït Benhaddou – Marrakesh

Trippin’ and roadtripping in Morocco: Sahara – Aït Benhaddou – Marrakesh
It’s mid-August and the heat is on. We’re in South-East Morocco, on the edge of the Sahara desert. Last night it rained. Rare cool. Then hot again. Really hot. But it’s supposed to be like this, plus there are not a lot of tourists around this time of the year. We’d stay more but before reaching Chefchaouen and then leaving Morocco, we want to get a day in Marrakesh and see Aït Benhaddou on the way. Tight schedule. So we get ... [read more]

Desert calling: Tangier to Merzouga, via Fes

Desert calling: Tangier to Merzouga, via Fes
We met Africa at dusk, dazed. Tangier at night, breezy. Fes in mid-day heat. Then cooled off with rain between the dunes of Sahara right after sunset. After a day of getting ever closer to Africa, we finally crossed the Straight of Gibraltar to Morocco. Once in Tangier, we wandered at night through the alleys of the medina in the footsteps of the Only Lovers Left Alive movie characters while spotting out the oddities and the ... [read more]

Hot Sevilla. And other Spain bits.

Hot Sevilla. And other Spain bits.
How does one prepare for a 10-day-mid-August trip through hot Morocco? Adjusting to the heat to follow by sunbathing on the streets of Sevilla might help, and that we did. Having left Lisbon late afternoon, we made camp on the banks of Guadiana river before sunset. Next morning we waved off Portugal after the village of Barrancos and made our way to Sevilla after checking out the view over the Aracena castle. Once in Sevilla, we ... [read more]

From Lille to Bruxelles: 106 km (total: 727 km)

From Lille to Bruxelles: 106 km (total: 727 km)
The World Photo Tour back on track: leaving Lille behind, entering Belgium and topping up everything with a marathon. See how all went in the following World Photo Tour update. Last time I was writing here I was still enjoying the comfort of Matthieu’s place. The last night at his place got even better, with him playing his guitar for a couple of hours. A bit of Scorpion’s Wind of Change, a bit of French folk, a bit of Metallica ... [read more]