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Wear a scarf and take shelter is my advice when caught in a Saharan dust storm. Recently I arrived at a desert camp amid swirling Willy Willies of sand. Vision is limited and you can crunch sand in your mouth before you step foot out of the 4x4. But this is everyday life for the Berber Nomads and tourism workers out here. The dunes are never the same shape two days running, they move and shift with every blast of hot wind. No matter what the weather conditions, your camp will still serve fabulous food accompanied by local musicians.The Sahara... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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This enormous lion statue reminds me of the Narnia lion. It is in Ifrane, a resort type of hill town in Morocco. The architecture is all chalet style which gives the reason for this towns other name , Little Switzerland. Various stories abound about this lion but it possibly was carved by an Italian prisoner of war as there was an internment camp here during WW2. Others say the statue is much older than this. So this lovely Leo holds some secrets just like Aslan. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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If life (or a friend) gives you rock salt ( from Wales) then the best thing to do is make a no bake chokky slice and then offset that toothsome sweetness with a dousing of savouring salty crystals sprinkled across the fudge icing !!! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at mosaic road
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Yesterday I enjoyed an al fresco spring lunch at Dar Caravane. It spoke to me of the wonderful summer to come . Soon all those banana lounges will be full and splashing will come from that delicious blue swimming pool. The lunch was with friends and we shared platters of snacks with a Thai influence. We were in no rush and enjoyed the sunshine, the garden and the company for a couple of hours before heading back to the city in tremendous storms that had luckily held off during our sojourn. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at mosaic road
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Gnawa or Gnaoua (from the word Guinea) is a type of very popular Moroccan folk music which has historic roots, from the enslaved black Africans who found themselves in Morocco. Lute, drums and castanets are the main instruments and the musicians wear brightly coloured decorative caps and gowns. This music originated in healing ceremonies for people possessed by spirits. Click the link to hear a sample !!! Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at mosaic road
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The tanneries in Fes have, not surprisingly, a horrible smell ! But they also have a huge array of beautiful leather goods made from both camel and cow hide. Funnily enough as you browse through the gorgeous items you know longer notice the smell !! Mind over matter maybe . If you want something...and I think the poofs are bargains....let me know as I am taking orders. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at mosaic road
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Travelling across Morocco means varied and interesting meal stops. Often the cafes are cavernous and very basic but have very expensive coffee machines. That hiss of steam is always music to my ears. We recently had a brief lunch stop in Erfoud for a pizza, a delicious one. The cafe had beautiful windows with an olive tree filled outdoor area. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at mosaic road
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When I travel lots of things catch my eye, not just views and architecture but artefacts and iconic cultural items too. In Morocco it is not ok to take pictures of people so my eye now is trained/has learned to look for other colour and movement....of which there is no shortage in this country I love so. On my current whirlwind trip to Fes and Merzouga when I have not been sitting on a bus I have had camera in hand. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at mosaic road
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The Sahara Desert is vast, stark, enormous, harsh, unforgiving, isolated and I love it. Of course I don't want to be alone in it but I am attracted to the extreme force of nature that it represents. It's quite shocking to witness the reality of how Nomads live, of how tough it is for the tourism workers to eke out a living, of how one sandstorm can completely disorientate and of how when needed we can live device free....even if only for 48 hours !! Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at mosaic road
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The Kenzi is a chain of hotels across Morocco. Serviceable would be my description. But my bed was soft with a big plump snow white duvet and I slept well. The morning was all about sunshine and blue skies and people were even (briefly)in the pool. Coffee was my main interest and it was hot and strong. Carb laden brekky buffet as to be expected but that is the typical Moroccan breakfast no matter where you stay, no matter how many stars your accommodation has. Tonight there will be many stars but they will be the ones in the night... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at mosaic road
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After a pretty mad dash to Melbourne to see my mum and truly endlessly seeming air miles and take offs ( Marrakech, Lisbon, Madrid, Delhi, Melbourne, Singapore, London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Marrakech, Casablanca, Errachidia) !!!!!!!! So here I am back in Morocco and out in the desert. It's so exciting...I just love the adventures that this country provides. Erachidia is where this tour group slept last night and tonight will be spent in a camel hair tent in the Saharan dunes. Total Lawrence of Arabia stuff ! Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at mosaic road
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Not long ago I met a man that had stitched slippers by hand for more than 25 years. His cupboard sized sewing room is still his workplace after so many years and he makes exquisite silk baboosh. He works alone with a transistor radio for company but is part of a bigger village artisan cooperative. It makes me think twice now everyday when I get dressed about the labour and skills used in making garments that we discard in an instant in our throw away 21st century mindset. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at mosaic road
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There are high rise apartments shooting up in every spare square meter in the city of Melbourne. Too many and too high. Whether they will all be lived in remains to be seen but on the whole property developers know what they are doing will make them money so...... This metropolitan cheek by jowl living is not necessarily for everyone. Anyway I do have a friend who lives in a high rise block in the city and is very happy. She is close to all the happening events and public transport is on her doorstep. She has very little maintenance... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at mosaic road
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I have sold my sweet little house. I have kissed it goodbye and wished it happiness with its future owners. I totally adored it but when I eventually decide to come back to Australia I could never just take up where I left off. When the time comes for a permanent return to Melbourne I will need to re invent my life, have a sea change or a tree change or something similar. So I have cut my ties and will move forward with another real estate adventure at some point. I am open to suggestions !! Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at mosaic road
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Before I finally depart Morocco I would like a mosaic table top or at least a few tiles to adorn a wall. The tabletops are incredibly heavy so the shipping logistics might be way too complex and expensive. At least there are endless tile choices . I saw this little ceramic tile shop in Essaouira and love the Hands of Fatima. The shopping list only grows when you travel here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at mosaic road
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I was keen to see what was on offer when I saw the words 'Busimess Lunch' on a board in Essaouira. So we took a seat at the cafe. Food was yummy but comes with a twist. We were sitting there, munching away when a large cat launched itself at our seat and wedged itself in between us and we became a table for three. It was good and quiet company as it drifted off to sleep quite quickly and it certainly enhanced our lunching experience ! Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at mosaic road
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There are so many very cute babies in India and I thought I would explain about the black dots on their faces. I had no idea what they meant and had never come across it before. They are put on the baby to ward off bad and dark spirits. The parents mark their baby in this fashion to make it look ugly so the evil eyes are not attracted to it. It's another interesting aspect of Indian culture. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at mosaic road
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My daughter is in Morocco, taking a tour of the country but prior to this we had a beach weekend together. When I started to look at accommodation she made one request. She wanted a sea view. I managed to provide her with the crashing Atlantic waves right outside our window. I had been recommended Jacks Apartments more than once and the view and the price did not disappoint. We could open the shutters and casement window and almost feel the sea spray . Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at mosaic road
I like the woven item but I dont want to be part of the making process....looks too repetitive Sent from my iPad
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2017 on Wonderful Weaving at mosaic road
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My main form of transportation on my recent India sojourn was by tuk tuk, the local name for a three wheeler auto rickshaw. Think of a wheezing eggbeater on three wheels threading its way through choking traffic. As you sit jammed three abreast in the back seat you can put your hand out and touch the vehicle beside you or converse with the occupants of the other passing vehicles as the roads are just like car parks moving at snail pace. Big decorative stickers often adorn the front window of these tuk tuks begging the question, how does the driver... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at mosaic road
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Wandering the back streets of Mysore reveals much colour and activity. I came across a door to door sales lady with her bevy of bangles. She was surrounded by keen buyers bargaining. The jewel colours of the rows of bangles glinted so beautifully in the morning sun. I did buy but deliberated ridiculously over colours and size as the choice was just too great and too gorgeous. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at mosaic road
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Age old situation !!! I see it here in Morocco and I saw it in India and I lived it in Australia. Women, mothers , wives, whatever role they take, have to shop and prepare meals. Mostly in Australia I shopped in the supermarket but here and in India the discerning cooks are out in the local markets and buying from the street barrows. They cast their eyes very seriously over the produce and only but top quality. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at mosaic road
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For the Sankranti Festival everyone dresses up , even the animals . This man had washed and scrubbed his goat in the river and had pink pigment powder in a bag to sprinkle over its back and head. Definitely a goat fashion statement ! Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at mosaic road
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Milo was 'invented' in Australia in 1934 for Nestle. I saw this vintage advertising on big double warehouse doors in a town out of Mysore in India . This super food energy drink certainly has a presence all over the world !! I grew up with it, loved it on ice cream !!! I wonder if the kids in the photo have ever tried it ?? Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at mosaic road
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Everything is to do with flowers in India, that is what fills it with such colour and beauty. I did not see the flower farms but wandered the flower markets and saw the endless deliveries.....flowers by the absolute bushel pour into the markets. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at mosaic road