Posts Tagged‘Marrakech’

Couscous Preparation at Dar Cigognes

Moroccan Cooking Class: Dar Les Cigognes and Handmade Couscous

A few weeks ago M and I had the opportunity to visit Dar Les Cigognes in Marrakech and do a private cooking class. We make and eat Moroccan food regularly but were very excited to choose our own menu, make it with the help of the very experienced Moroccan cooks, and of course eat it! Dar Les Cigognes offers private cooking classes for small to medium sized groups and everything is completely customizable – a great perk for those with food allergies. We met promptly at 10am, decided on our menu, and set off to visit the local bread oven,…

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Snow Skiing in Morocco? Yes, Really!

I had to add the caveat that this is snow skiing I’m talking about because whenever I mention to someone that we went skiing in Morocco, they assume I mean some sort of sand skiing (is that a thing?). But, the reality is you can go skiing in Morocco during the winter months. Mt. Toubkal one of the highest peaks in Africa soars at more than 4,100 meters (13,600 feet) above sea level. Yes, that’s as tall as the famous Mount Blanc in the Swiss Alps. It’s true the Moroccan ski industry isn’t quite up to par with Europe but…

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Moroccan Fish Recipe: Hout Quari

When people think of Moroccan food this fish sandwich is not something that comes to mind. It’s why we so enjoy stopping at a local shop that sells these grilled sardine sandwiches during our food tour. I readily admit I was hesitant. No way anyone would like this but MarocBaba was insistent. He loved this sandwich and swore it didn’t get any more authentic and local than this. I gave in and time and time again am surprised at the reaction the majority of people have. So many so that I’ve been asked countless times to share the recipe.

The Untold Taxi Tale of Marrakech

The Untold Taxi Tale of Marrakech

Today’s guest post is from Jessica a blogger at Young Rubbish, who contacted me after reading several of my posts and asked if I would be interested in her sharing her story about Marrakech. Of course I said yes! I had no idea what was coming, and part of me assumed it would be the flowery, romantic story that usually gets told about magical Marrakech. When this story landed in my inbox I was instantly touched. This story, could be my story. Jessica conveys so many of the most sentimental feelings I hold about Morocco. The moments are there, you…

Life in Marrakech Month 19

Life in Marrakech: Month 19

I am sitting on my open rooftop, soaking in the sun for the first time in months. I can barely remember the changing of the seasons last year – one thing ran into the next and time whizzed by. But not this year. Just four or five days ago the days suddenly turned warm. When I would certainly need a warm jacket and layers in the evening, I can now leave my windows open well past dark. Before long the oppressive heat of a Moroccan summer will be here. But right now, it’s my favorite time of year.

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Budget Hostels to Consider in Marrakech

Think you can’t come to Marrakech unless you’ve got the pocketbook of a sultan? Think again! Hostels aren’t as common in Morocco as they are in Europe and in years past they were dingy, dirty, and overall not somewhere you’d want to spend any length of time. With more and more travelers visiting thanks to plentiful flights on European low-cost carriers, there are more budget options available. Be forewarned because I live in Marrakech, I haven’t spent the night in any of these hostels but have heard about them from other travelers and through the word of mouth circuit.

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Romantic Ways to Enjoy Marrakech on any Budget

Valentine’s Day is this weekend and it’s got me thinking about romantic ways to enjoy Marrakech. We meet lots of couples visiting for their honeymoon or a vacation away. Whether you’re living here, visiting for a weekend, or for a week there are countless ways to have a memorable experience in the red city. To help I’ve broken down my suggestions into three categories; romance on a budget, a romantic splurge, and luxury romance. Now no matter how much you’ve got in your pocket you have no excuse not to make Valentine’s Day, or any other visit truly special. Romance…

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Marrakech: 2030 – A Future Vision of Sustainability

I first came to Marrakech in 2004 and the city then compared to the city now, were very different things. It had been five¬†years since King Mohamed VI had come to power and he was just settling in, the people were adjusting to a new status quo and in many ways a new way of life. The gates of the country were being opened to tourists, albeit slowly but with the promise that there would be much more. The edges of Marrakech weren’t lined with hotels and nightclubs yet. There were riads but the big foreign ownership boom hadn’t happened…