Daytrips from Marrakech Worth Taking

Day Trips from Marrakech Worth Taking

Marrakech is great but even true lovers of the city look for other things to do after a few days. The good news is you can keep Marrakech as your base while spending time exploring the surrounding areas. Taking a day trip or two is a great way to escape the crush (and heat!) of Marrakech and experience a completely different side of the country. I suggest staying in Marrakech for 2-3 days and then planning at least one day trip. The Outsiders Inside Guide to Marrakech I’ve written a guidebook sharing my insider knowledge of Marrakech. Sign up and…

Marrakechi Tangia

Making Marrakechi Tangia at Home

Marrakech has one dish that they are especially known for – tangia. Not to be confused with tajine, this is truly special. On every food tour we try to take our guests to try this food. Of course vegetarians have to miss out but for everyone else this “man meat” as one person called it is out of this world. Unlike tajines, tangia is cooked in an earthenware urn. It’s covered in parchment and slipped under the warm coals of the fernachi over night. In the morning it’s removed and the tender, falling off the bone meat is eaten by lunch.  There’s…

Camping and RV'ing in Morocco

Camping and RV’ing in Morocco

Towering kasbahs, luxurious riad gardens, and sumptuous hotel rooms are all a part of the travelers imagination when it comes to Morocco. However, for those who prefer something a little less expensive and closer to nature camping and RVing sound closer to their dreams. Morocco is not as camping friendly as the United States or Europe however there are more and more locations catering to visitors who prefer sleeping under the stars. Morocco has several national parks like Al Hoceima National Park and Toubkal National Park. These are protected wildlife refuges and are great for climbing, hiking, and camping. You…

Navigating the Souks of Marrakech

Guide to the Markets of Marrakech

If you’ve seen pictures of the souks of Marrakech than you know they’re a cacophony of colors and stores overflowing with things like shoes, lanterns, and clothing. It’s easy to get lost and wander for hours! But, many people find it very nerve wracking to be in such an environment and don’t relish the thought of being lost. That’s totally understandable. If you’re standing in Djem al Fna (the big square) you’re standing on the edge of the souks. From here you will find three entrances to the main portion of the souk. At the edges you’ll find that products…

Moroccan Art for Kids and Adults

Moroccan Art for Kids {and Adults too!}

Morocco has a long history of inspiring artists, writers, and other creatives. I’d be lying if I told you I personally am not constantly inspired by the colors, scenery, and people of this country. Some of my best writing and artwork happens when I’m on a rooftop overlooking the city or countryside. The mid-20th century brought dozens of writers to the country, while decades before it was artists who came to capture the images on canvas. One thing that most artists have in common is their depictions and themes that resonate through all of the work. Color Pattern Abstract (mostly)…

Travel Around the World on Instagram

I spent last week and will be spending this upcoming week at blogging conferences. Just like all professions, yes we bloggers do have conventions and conferences. One major topic lately has been the new(er) social media networks of Instagram and Pinterest (yes of course those link to my profiles!), they also happen to be my favorite social networks. Lots of people don’t understand why but to me it’s very simple. I love pictures, I always have. On Instagram I love to see pictures from all over the world. I can see what’s happening around me, or I can use it…

5 Morocco Myths Debunked

5 Morocco Myths Debunked!

What you see isn’t always what you get!  Sometimes I feel like I’m being fooled everyday. There are countless number of things that seem real on the surface in Morocco, but once you dig further you discover that in reality it’s just a myth. Instead of letting them perpetuate I’m debunking some of the top Morocco myths I’ve heard! The “Orange” Trees in Marrakech This is the only myth that is limited to Marrakech. If you’ve ever visited or even seen pictures of the “orange” trees around the city I’m sure you thought, “how awesome to have oranges everywhere!” Sadly,…

Morocco Escapes

Morocco Escapes: Lisbon

The oldest city in Western Europe, Portugal’s capital jumbles a configuration of winding streets and red-roofed buildings over seven hills; traversed by rushing yellow trams. Though it’s often missed off the roster of major European cities, it would be negligent not to consider Lisbon city breaks as the ideal alternative getaway. MarocBaba and I listed Lisbon near the top of our “must visit” destinations for several years so this spring when the opportunity arose we jumped at the chance to visit. As well as iconic landmarks like Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery, the ever-enigmatic Lisbon has more than a few…