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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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Nothing to see in Algarve, just vertigo-inducing cliffs all around, misty beaches like the ones at Beliche and Benagil, and old dormant villages. From Silves to Alvor and Sagres, from Albufeira to Portimão and Lagos. Just that. Have a go at it should you find that attractive enough.