Ourigane, the day trip from Marrakech you should take

Ouirgane: The Day Trip from Marrakech You Should Take

Day trips from Marrakech can be found on offer from dozens of vendors hawking their trips in Djem al Fna or booked through riads and hotels. But, not all day trips are created equal. The most popular destination is the Ourika Valley. It’s a beautiful place, during all times of the year but it’s also overrun by tourists during the warmer months (hint: go in winter!) A few months ago M and I went with Toubkal Peaks to the village of Ouirgane in the Atlas Mountains. The Outsiders Inside Guide to Marrakech I’ve written a guidebook sharing my insider knowledge…

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Want the Best Education for Your Kids? Travel!

Today’s post is on a topic near and dear to my heart. I am hosting the Multicultural Kid Blogs monthly blogging carnival on travel with kids. We recently took our kids out of school for a week and half and went on a Mediterranean cruise. I got a little bit of blow back from friends and family about our choice to take them out of school instead of waiting until their summer break. Thankfully both my husband and I have a similar outlook when it comes to travel and education – we think they go hand in hand.

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New York City’s Best Food Tours

The city that never sleeps is also home to some of the world’s best food. It should come as no surprise that with every country in the world represented in a city of over 12 million people you’re bound to find a new adventure — and taste — around every corner. There are thousands of New York restaurants and great New York hotels that offer amazing food. Taking a food tour during your stay can introduce you to some of the best food, history, and culture in the Big Apple. A Slice of Brooklyn Think all food tours are the…

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Devouring Barcelona with Kids

Yawning our way through an early morning wake up, MarocBaba and I set out with the boys on a Saturday morning in Barcelona. They had touched down less than twelve hours before our tour and I wasn’t sure if our timing for this food adventure would work out. The kids were ready to take on the day, excited to be in a new city. I only hoped the incessant questions of, “so can we go see the stadium now?” would be at a minimum. (That’s the FC Barcelona football/soccer stadium in case you weren’t sure!) We stayed in an AirBnB…

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Family Friendly Seoul Hotels to Spend the Night

Seoul, the capital of South Korea and the second largest metro area in the world, can be an overwhelming experience for visitors. With over 25 million people living in the city and tens of thousands more visiting every day, it’s not a surprise that there are lots of options for places to stay, foods to eat, and things to do. Before you book your hotel it’s important to know a few basics about the layout of the city. Seoul is roughly divided into two parts; Gangbuk (the older section), and Gangnam (the newer section), with the Han River dividing them.…

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A Life from Scratch and Hot Algerian Lasagna

What was the last book you read that really left an impact? One of those books you picked up, read a few pages with every intention of setting it aside to move on to the next task, but, hours later found yourself immersed in the pages and wondering where time had gone? Those are the books I love. Every time I start something new I hope that it is one of those types of books. Often times I’m let down. But, the times I’m not, well those lead to wonderful reading experiences. I first learned about Sasha Martin a few…

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Tapas Tasting in Granada, Spain

Months ago when we (I) began planning our trip to Spain, the first thing I researched were food tours. We had one week and I knew the only thing MarocBaba really wanted to do was to see the alHambra so I worked in two days to spend in Granada. Aside from this famous landmark I had no idea what else was there but was pretty sure we could find good food. After seeing Seville, we almost didn’t go to Granada, opting instead to stay in Seville. But, we already had reservations and knew it would be tough to find somewhere…


Guest Post: My First Hammam Experience

In an effort to showcase Islamic countries I wrote a post this year called Why You Should Visit an Islamic Country in 2015. I’ve asked several bloggers and friends to share their “firsts.” Whether it was their first time to a majority Muslim country or a meal they’ve cooked from a Muslim country, whatever resonated and spoke to them outside the mass media image of Islam. Today’s guest post comes from Diana Limongi Gabriele who writes at Ladydeelg. Enjoy! The first time I had a hammam experience was  when I was an English teacher in France. I spent two weeks…