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mosaic road
Melbourne, Australia
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Pick a flavour !! Chai, popcorn, fairy bread......... How incredible are these colours and taste sensations. Zumbo is a must for all dessert and patisserie lovers. They have a creme brûlée soft serve ice-cream in a donut cone !!!!! I cannot begin to imagine this particular eating experience and I have devastatingly run out of time to indulge. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at mosaic road
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It seemed so huge when I first visited but over the many years I have been coming this way, the Big Pineapple has shrunk a little each time or maybe the palms around it have got bigger !! It seems quite dwarfed now. Come what may this icon holds lots of family holiday memories. No one visits Noosa without a trip to the Big Pineapple and a ride for the children on the nut mobile before eating a fruit salad sundae in the cafe. The souvenirs were were just as tacky as ever which is very reassuring in this rapidly... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at mosaic road
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Walking around your own suburb is often dull, you just traipse your regular path and see nothing. All that changes for me when I visit a new town or village in Morocco. I have actual palpable excitement. I waked for about an hour or so through the back laneways of Imlil last month. The rugs are always on fences and gates, a colour pop waiting for customers. The unfinished stone building is actually a hotel and being built by an Englishman but has been incomplete for quite a while. But it does give an idea of construction style and the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at mosaic road
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But we are not in England or anywhere near Great Britain. These wonderful hollyhocks growing amid green and lush gardens are in the Atlas mountains in Morocco. As is imaginable they certainly are not native to the area and the seeds must have been brought over here at some stage a long time ago. They look amazing and are tall and statuesque so the growing conditions must suit them. Once again, expect the unexpected in Morocco !!! Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at mosaic road
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I think Morocco has fabulous fresh produce, even up in remote mountain areas . The scales are an essential at all roadside or "pathside" stalls like this one. The above is a shop, this is it, this is what was on offer that day. Limited choice but fresh and organic. Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at mosaic road
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Cock fighting ( a cruel blood sport until death and I think, mostly banned) is common in Asia with money being won and lost. Owners of prize cocks groom them and feed them up and nurture them. When walking through a mountain village recently I came across this pair fighting over who knows what, quite vicious fighting too. No owners to be seen and certainly no gambling as it is illegal in Morocco. They stared each other down very seriously, then much squawking, flapping and pecking. Winner unknown. Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at mosaic road
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This blog post today is just to show a little of what a typical Atlas mountain village house looks like. Pink in colour with a flat roof is the typical look, often built into the side of the rocky mountain. The flat roof top is considered extra living space, storage, entertaining area, laundry and more. Before Eid, a sheep or two might be kept up there, being fattened up...... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at mosaic road
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During this little sojourn I took a day walk, well it really was a bit of a hike, 19 kilometres in fact. It was very rough terrain, lots of shale, 35 degrees celsius and all in all pretty tough going. We set a speed record too as we left at 9.30 and were back at 3 even having a few much needed breaks along the way plus lunch by the river. Along the way we met only a couple of other walkers and a old shepherd who invited us to take tea with him. Such authentic mountain hospitality ! It... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at mosaic road
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Dinner on the rooftop was a communal affair and I ate with a Moroccan family who live very close to my apartment in Marrakech. The oldest son spoke fabulous English and worked in Dubai. Such a lovely and simple meal was served , a very typical Moroccan menu of olives, bread, harira soup, kofta tagine and oranges with cinnamon. Slowly night fell as we chattered on and twinkling lights appeared, dotting the valley, threaded throughout the villages, forming a path of golden droplets. Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at mosaic road
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Sunrise, sunset, midday, anytime of day and all day everyday the sensational Atlas mountain views never end in Imlil. I think it is the most poignant time to be on a rooftop and to hear the calls to prayer from the many village mosques echoing throughout the valley. Unmissable. Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at mosaic road
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It's hard to stay anywhere in Imlil that doesn't have to die for views of valleys, villages and mountains. My room was small but perfectly formed. I wanted for nothing. I had a gorgeous balcony, fresh air and house slippers to wear. A muted cacophony of farm animals and children's voices can be heard at times as the riad is in the midst of a village. You never feel lonely with such happy neighbours. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at mosaic road
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It might sound totally twee but I have always loved everything about the Sound of Music. Like Maria, I have a list of my favourite things and being in the mountains is one of them. Imlil, in the Atlas Mountains, is only 90 minutes from Marrakech and is beautiful. I stayed recently for three nights at the Riad Atlas Toubkal and did some hiking and reenergising . Room, food and wifi were fabulous, rooftop and views were out and out fantastic. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at mosaic road
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A Moroccan interior looks fabulous in Morocco and is, I think, a bit tricky to carry off successfully in contemporary Western homes. I am far from an interior designer and know my limitations.Doubtless a professional could get it right but I would not even try. On the other hand shabby chic can be done in Morocco and I love it when I see it. I am a shabby chic-ist person,adore it , always have. This daybed is just gorgeous and looks perfectly in place at Le Bled de Gre, a French owned rambling guesthouse on the outskirts of Marrakech. Oh... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at mosaic road
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I think the pool day picture is firmly established so although these heavenly days continue I will not bore any reader with further photos of palm fringed swimming pools full to the brim with sparkling cool waters. This particular property, Le Bled de Gre, is reached by going off road along a rough track through what I could only call a tip. Despite this, it has existed in Marrakech for 25 years. Who knew ? Clearly only a few privileged people have been in the know. This lovely place, behind huge pink walls, has many animals roaming free range including... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at mosaic road
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I have been trying very hard to get in as many pool days as possible before I have my three week vacation in the freezing Melbourne winter. What's more someone has to do it !! I view it as pure research for the riad guests. Nothing can be better than first hand experience and I am happy to be the waterlogged guinea pig. The pools come in all shapes and sizes, old and very new like this one at Dar Sabra. The property is vast as is the open air dining room with its floor to ceiling murals. And so... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2016 at mosaic road
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North Africa has a relentlessly hot summer. Full stop. Known fact. Been the same for ever. But it does not stop every Moroccan man and his donkey complaining about it. This amuses me greatly. I am Australian and used to hot summers but the temperatures here skyrocket (think 50 C plus) on a daily basis to much, much higher than my Melbourne experiences. So the cure when overwhelmed by the feeling that you live in a furnace is a pool day. Lots of hotels offer a pass for lunch and a day by and in the pool. I love these... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at mosaic road
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Some of the best advice for the tourist visiting Marrakech is to find a roof top cafe close by or on the perimeter of the main square and sit, with drink in hand, watching the sun go down. The velvety dusk and the vast pink tinged skies are all encompassing as no highrises block the view. I was in Cafe Guerrab not long ago and enjoyed a light dinner at dusk whist watching the skies from on one of their pretty terraces. There are lots of choices on their blackboard menu and sunhats to share and wear if you visit... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at mosaic road
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Last month in the UK, I came face to face with quite a few classic full English breakfasts. I saw items I had not seen for nearly two years. And apart from novelty value I had no real interest in eating them. I can and have lived without bacon (and most other meats) very happily and felt ambivalent when I saw it and did not bother serving myself even a single rasher from the buffet. Same with the sliced bread. Morocco has great bread, mostly in the pita flat bread style and I love it so a slice of white... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at mosaic road
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La Famille has a beautiful and very lush garden with tables and chairs tucked into shady niches, so pretty. Sunhats available if you forget yours. Great coffee too. This cafe really is shabby chic meets Morocco. It's hard to believe that the craziness of the medina is only a few metres away. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at mosaic road
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La Famille is a fresh, whitewashed garden cafe with concept store (of course) in Marrakech. It is deep in the medina and one of those complete surprises that by now I should be getting used to. I went on the hottest day possible when just normal breathing was sauna-esque. Only lunch is served and no meat, perfect for ladies who lunch. Drinks served in mason jars, dips served in screw top jam jars, gorgeous unleavened flat bread, fresh ingredients, all fabulous but for one thing. Bad service and sadly our drinks were just never served . When its 45 C... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at mosaic road
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La Famille is a fresh, whitewashed garden cafe with concept store (of course) in Marrakech. It is deep in the medina and one of those complete surprises that by now I should be getting used to. I went on the hottest day possible when just normal breathing was sauna-esque. Only lunch is served and no meat, perfect for ladies who lunch. Drinks served in mason jars, dips served in screw top jam jars, gorgeous unleavened flat bread, fresh ingredients, all fabulous but for one thing. Bad service and sadly our drinks were just never served . When its 45 C... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at mosaic road
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After the brown horse had paraded and promenaded we watched a magnificently trained glossy black horse do a few tricks. I know how hard dog training is so I am in awe of these Moroccan trainers who have these feisty stallions eating out of their hand, so to speak. These horses live in air conditioned comfort with green and grassy paddocks at their disposal at the Hotel Selman stables . A life of privilege indeed !! Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2016 at mosaic road
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I know nothing about horseflesh , I am a total philistine in the equine department. I have ridden a bit way back in childhood but that was a long long long time ago. If you go to brunch at Hotel Selman the pure blood Arab horses make an appearance and strut their stuff. They are beautiful, in their prime and know it. Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at mosaic road
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These are two subjects close to my heart and go just a little bit hand in hand here in Morocco. I believe in respect, respect for the religion, culture and opinions of others, straight down the line. If we could all just do this and go about about our business, not interfering and thinking we know better, then perhaps there would or could be greater worldwide harmony. I am also a scarf lover and collector. I was once banned by my children from ever buying another. Now you can all see the real reason why I fled Australia to Morocco.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at mosaic road
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The photos of odd shaped terracotta receptacles show braziers or little barbeques for cooking a tagine in an authentic Berber manner. They are filled with hot coals, placed outdoors and the tagine dish sits on top, slow cooking all day, ready for a delicious family lunch or dinner. You may also see roadside stalls and cafes with many braziers lined up, all in full swing, cooking many different tagines for locals to eat on the spot or take away. The Arabic name for the brazier is a majmar and although available online via Amazon they are handcrafted here in Morocco.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at mosaic road