Chefchaouen

Trip Start Dec 27, 2010
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Trip End Aug 15, 2011


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Sunday, January 30, 2011

The drive to Chefchaouen was an experience.  Once out of Tangier, the road started to wind alongside the hilly terrain.  Along the way, we saw two cars (in two separate spots) that had slid/rolled down the bank on the side of the road.  Also, we witnessed a roadside argument over a fender-bender.  Despite feeling really confident in our driver, Ibrahim, we found it to be a bit of a hair-raising ride.  Again, looking back at our drives in Spain, they all seem so calm now.

So when we turned off the main road to our exit to Chefchaouen, we were quite relieved.  A surprise to us was seeing snow on the mountains behind the town -- not what we expected to see in Africa!  Anyway, we were happy to arrive at our destination.  It is a hillside town which reminded us of so many similar towns we had visited in Spain, but here the buildings were not of the southern Spanish style.  They were more earthy colours, rather than white, and were more square in shape.  Right near where we parked, a soccer (football) game was being played on a dirt field, while many spectators looked on.  We walked up to the gate of our hotel, and when we entered, we found ourselves in a beautiful sanctuary.  There were lots of plants with birds chirping in them as well as pottery throughout the garden.  In the middle was a fountain.  Inside the hotel, we were engulfed in incence and glorious shades of indigo.  We were all entranced. 

Our hosts were so peaceful and welcoming, and we immediately felt relaxed.  Our rooms were brightly coloured and exotic, and we were moved by the beauty, colour and style of this entire place.

We had dinner on the low benches in the dining room.  It was incredible.  So much food came, and it was all delicious.  Having previously wondered if Moroccan food might be too unusual for the kids, I was relieved to hear them rave over everything.

We had a good night's sleep and then had breakfast, which was again, more delicious food.  Afterward, Ibrahim picked us up to take us for a tour of the town.  We were introduced to Mohammed, who took us through the narrow streets, giving us lots of information about the town along the way

He showed us through area of the blue buildings that make up one part of the town.  Mohammed told us that the blue is used to detract mosquitos.  He also led us to a carpet dealer, where we were shown an incredible array of carpets.  The kids had lots of feelings about the many we saw, but we all agreed on one to bring home.  We really enjoyed his tour and his friendliness.  The kids were quite pleased when he gave each of them a name for their stay in Morocco: Leila, Jamila, and Abdul. 

From there, we re-connected with Ibrahim to set out on the road towards the city of Fes, where we were to stay for two nights. 

Until next time,
Kath
 
 

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Rosie on

I have been following your blog.
Great to hear that you have got to Morrocco.
I really hope you enjoy the different culture.
Have fun.

Rosie

peillsonwheels
peillsonwheels on

Hi Rosie,
We love Morocco. It is an amaxzingly different culture. Hope you are well and hope you have a good visit at home. Love the Peills

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