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It's very heartwarming to see this doggie donkey friendship. Rosie, a fabulous brindle Beldi, was rescued from the Marrakech suburban streets, motherless, as a very very tiny baby. She has grown up happily at the Jarjeer sanctuary and spends her days socialising with her donkey friends. It is a sweet example that all people could learn from. Equines can interact happily with canines as long as boundaries are respected. Whether you have hooves or paws, are brindle or brown, are black or white, it matters not. You can get along, just always respect. Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at mosaic road
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There are dogs too at Jarjeer, about ten of them. As you all know, I am pretty ardent about dogs and miss having one terribly. So I was in a doggy heaven, patting them all. I now know why it is always said not to work with dogs or children after attempting to take dog pics. They are never still for a start. Anyway this one is a Beldi, the local type of wild dog or undomesticated dog or street dog or just stray mut !! Often they are this sandy color with the darker muzzle. He had belonged to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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The donkeys and mules at Jarjeer are all neutered of course on arrival and they become very docile, demure and easygoing. So much so that some of them hop into the back of a small van . Others are being trained to work with psychiatric patients. Others are just very content dozing in the sunshine. Some mules are perfect for riding and I watched one take a bareback rider happily at a fast trot. The donkeys also get ridden by visiting children for a small donation. A Cafe and gift shop are about to be opened with of course all... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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Today I cuddled donkeys !! I visited Jarjeer, a wonderful rescue and hospice centre for the donkeys and mules of Morocco. After they arrive, these lovely animals are nursed back to health and they are promised two things, one is that they will never be tethered again and two is that they will be given a name. So I patted Norman and Sally and Jack and Clover and more, all who have been rescued from very untoward sad situations. They now live with human company each day, warm stables at night and plenty of food. And they enjoy a view... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at mosaic road
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While it's wonderful to sip from crystal every now and again, I am all for a local low key experience. This glass of mint tea set on the plainest laminate table was much needed, refreshing and wonderful. It was perfectly made with fresh mint, verveine and just a hint of sugar. The ordinary table didn't matter, the company and setting was all important and so very memorable . Same with the very simple 'dining' setting which in fact was beachside in Safi (home of pottery) in a cafe along the boardwalk. At the end of the day does it matter... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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Who buys all these balloons being sold in the square in Marrakech ?? Does anyone ?? At the weekend the balloon sellers were out in force. I did not see a single sale. But maybe the sales run rampant in the evening as currently there is a big International Film festival on and a huge movie screen is set up in Jemaa Elfna. It could be that there is a showing of the Sponge Bob Squarepants Movie ( Splonge Bob to my children !!) and souvenir balloons will be snapped up. Who knows, expect the unexpected, it's Morocco after all... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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Closed doors hide secrets I think and doors half open often reveal a tiny bit of that secret. As I roamed the alleys of Essaouira earlier this year, I was immersed in colourful doors and their secrets . They often have wonderful, old tiled surrounds and vintage peeling paintwork, the multiple, weathered layers revealing their age. I saw snippets of little corridors leading into shops and riad. This beachy Mediterranean meets shabby chic look makes unbeatable sightseeing if you love architecture. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at mosaic road
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As the depths of the Moroccan winter close in upon me, my thoughts turn to the long Australian summer holidays that are about to start for my friends and family. Beaches, backyard bbqs, bikinis (for some) and bare feet......ah, vicarious living for me as I face being bundled up in boots, beanies and blankets !!! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at mosaic road
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Some people have a fascination with cemeteries and wander around graveyards as they travel the world. It can certainly be one way of immersing yourself in history and culture. In Morocco there are many cemeteries as there is no cremation here. I have learned some facts that might help you understand what you are seeing. If you visit the Saadian Tombs in Marrakech you will see that the past royalty buried their dead in beautiful buildings, full of mosaics. Holy men are buried in domed shrines like the one here in Safi in my photos. You will notice in larger... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at mosaic road
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If your winter is one of discontent (as is mine, always) them maybe some warm and snugly felt slippers or even a hat will turn things around . These are handmade in Morocco. It's a fascinating and laborious process making felt and the final products are fabulous. I am happy to take orders and post anywhere if you are cold !!!! Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at mosaic road
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Morocco is certainly a country where the traffic jam has been turned into an art form. Marrakech does it particularly well and I very often sit in a taxi with horns blasting around me wondering what can be causing the traffic to travel at the pace of an escargot !!! Often it seems there is no reason, just too many cars all going the same way with the drivers all wanting to get there first. Today in the medina, I luckily was on foot and could thread my way through the stationary vehicles and actually found the cause. A basket... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at mosaic road
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For the first time ever, new sculptures are being installed (just for four months) across the ancient historic sites in Rome. The 43 equine statues, some 12 meters high, are part of an incredible travelling exhibition with more horses being added in each city with the final total being 100 . The artist creating theses giant but broken horses is Gustavo Aceves, a Mexican. He started this project eight years ago. They are representative of the suffering of the migrating refugees fleeing to Europe and some are mounted on fragments of boats. Wood, bronze, granite, marble and iron are the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at mosaic road
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Yesterday I sat before a very multicultural and delicious Thanksgiving feast in a beautiful villa amongst some lovely friends and felt very privileged. Although far far way from my family, I feel so thankful to have had so many amazing experiences and adventures over the past couple of years living in Morocco. The lasting friendships I have made here have truly enhanced my life . I have had an opportunity like no other to partake of life in very richly rewarding non Western culture. My thankfulness for this chance knows no bounds. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at mosaic road
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Mr Wikipedia says a fountain is an ornamental structure from which jets of water are pumped into the air . Well the magnificent granite Bernini Fountain in St Peters Square is incredibly true to the definition plus is an amazing backdrop for photos. This glorious fountain was completed in 1677 and was built as a replica to match the other fountain in the vast square. It spouted six million litres from the jets per day, luckily now recycling is in place. Bernini is considered to have been the great master of Baroque Rome and his fountains including this one in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at mosaic road
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Part of the charm of travel is the chance to eat out and try local foods in the local cafes . The problem with this in Rome is how to choose, how on earth to choose where to eat. Every street and alley is dotted with the most appealing bistros and cafes, all with pretty tables, cushioned chairs and shady awnings serving their own speciality , all so tempting. Al fresco is always my first choice as then I can multitask, eat delicious food and people watch, two of my favourite activities. Often theses cafes are small dining rooms with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at mosaic road
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When in Rome.... you often need coffee and the Antico Caffe Greco is the second oldest cafe in Italia and the oldest bar in Roma. So just by sitting in it you are literally soaking up history !! It is located in Via Condotti, the most exclusive of cobbled streets, lined with designer shops and leading up to the beautiful and iconic Spanish Steps. It opened in 1760 with many famous artists and writers sipping espresso within including Goethe, Byron, Keats, Ibsen, Casanova, even Hans Christian Andersen. Now I have joined those greats and immersed myself in the luxe ambience,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at mosaic road
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When in Rome.... you often need coffee and the Antico Caffe Greco is the second oldest cafe in Italia and the oldest bar in Roma. So just by sitting in it you are literally soaking up history !! It is located in Via Condotti, the most exclusive of cobbled streets, lined with designer shops and leading up to the beautiful and iconic Spanish Steps. It opened in 1760 with many famous artists and writers sipping espresso within including Goethe, Byron, Keats, Ibsen, Casanova, even Hans Christian Andersen. Now I have joined those greats and immersed myself in the luxe ambience,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at mosaic road
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I come from the land where the Hills Hoist was invented and it is still widely used on washing days across the country . Rarely have I used a dryer and do not own one. I am a fan of the old fashioned clothesline, of clothes blowing and drying in the wind and sunshine and fresh air. Washing day in Italy means hanging your laundry and "smalls" out of your window on poles and lines for the whole world to see. My fear is not the world seeing my underwear but falling out the window while I try to fasten... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at mosaic road
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I have a childlike love of carousels. I totally adore them. Maybe it is the Hollywood-esque lights or the plumed ponies gently going up and down or the fancy colour pop paintwork or just the plain old vintage feel . This one was in Florence and the horses has such sweet faces. Their preloved chipped paint adds to that shabby chic patina that draws me in. I think of how many cherubic happy faces have smiled and giggled and clung on to the twisty barley sugar poles or the peeling leather reins, waving to grannies or aunties or proud parents.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at mosaic road
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The octagonal Florence Baptistry has three sets of bronze doors. The east doors were designed by Lorenzo Ghiberti in 1425 and called the Doors to Paradise by Michelangelo. I went to see them recently They are massive and bronze with relief sculpture, yet another masterpiece depicting scenes from the Old Testament. And they are not the originals but replicas !! Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at mosaic road
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The Vatican City has its own post code and post office and postal service. Interestingly, according to research, more letters are sent from here yearly than anywhere else in the world. The post office that sells its own postage stamps has operated since 1929. The service is fast and efficient so much so that Romans cross their city regularly to use the Vatican postal system as opposed to the slower more chaotic Italian version. Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at mosaic road
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The Trevi Fountain is iconic, plus beautiful, plus crowded. It was a highlight of my recent trip to Rome and yes I threw in coins, three coins thrown in are meant to bring you a safe trip, love and a wedding in no particular order !!!!! The Fendi fashion house recently refurbished the fountain at a cost of $2.2 million . They did not use the money thrown into the fountain as to steal the coins is illegal, a crime that you can be jailed for . In fact each night the coins are collected and donated to a charity.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at mosaic road
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If anyone ever wonders why I do not have a car in Marrakech....well the above says it all. Road rules are optional !!!!! Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at mosaic road
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I am unsure what this building was in Rome, maybe a Supreme Court, maybe some type of United Nations or EU offices. Whatever it was, or is, it needs serious guarding by these men in uniform with these fantastic tricornesque hats with garish red feathery plumes !!!! These men in uniform certainly make a statement !!! Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at mosaic road
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Its' wonderful when you travel to a new place and you just set out wandering. In Rome and Florence you don't have to wander far before there are amazing sculptures and wall friezes and statues just as you pass by, not even famous ones, but they still catch your breath. You can peer around a corner in a residential area or visit a park or a enter random dim alley and find art work that is centuries old. It never fails to amaze me, it's jaw dropping stuff. Even when you are not looking, these antiquities loom , so so... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at mosaic road