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Granada: a quest for beauty. From Allah to Olé!

Granada: a quest for beauty. From Allah to Olé!
beauty /ˈbjuːti/ noun 1. a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight. After months of eyeing a trip to Granada and checking the Alhambra ticket availability every other week, we finally found some dates to suit us. Some stars aligned so nicely! We were excited to see one of the places that long stood on a ‘to be there’ list. And we were into for quite some ... [read more]

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]

Sintra Pena Palace – a flamboyant celebration of 400+ years of colonialism and slave trade

Sintra Pena Palace – a flamboyant celebration of 400+ years of colonialism and slave trade
Actual quote from both José Saramago and Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen: If you are even a tiny bit nationalist, and especially a Portuguese breed of that, then relax and read this with a bit of salt and lemon, okay? :) The Portuguese Empire was the leading power in the establishing of slave trading across the Atlantic. It was also the last power of Europe to reluctantly(!) abolish slavery and slave trade. The “Romanus ... [read more]