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mosaic road
Melbourne, Australia
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Commercial "Hallmark" days like Valentines Day have never been my thing. I appreciate that others love it and I hope that their February 14 was meaningful but the pressure and expenditure they create does not sit well with me. Strangely so, here I am, in a developing country and find that Cupid is alive and well and adorning my local shopping centre. This chubby cherub and his bow and arrow seem to have pervaded all cultures. Posted with Blogsy Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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I came across a giant faux cow in Marrakesh yesterday. It was not grazing on green pastures but standing looking udderley ridiculous on green pebbly dirt. It seems to be the bovine gimmick for a new "meat only" cafe called La Boucherie. How long before it is stolen or defamed or moo-ved is anyone's guess. Let's hope it becomes the cash cow for the owners before this happens. Posted with Blogsy Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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How wonderful it is knowing your dinner plate is heaped with freshly dug up root vegetables. I watched the gardener hoeing and picking, saw the beautiful produce and ate the very excellent Seven Vegetable Couscous in the restaurant at Manzil de Tortue. I experienced first hand this garden to tagine scenario and know there is no better way to eat. In Melbourne I grew my own herbs and tomatoes and while this sunny climate would be perfect for that, they would have to be in pots on my balcony which would dry out the minute my back was turned. The... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at mosaic road
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A sun hat is a more than essential item in Morocco. I am not a hat person but now I own two. Pure necessity. Over the hot summer I have no choice or I will turn into a very frizzled, frazzled pomme frite. Many cafes provide them so you can eat al fresco happily with protection from the sun included with your meal. Tick of approval here for certain from Anti Cancer Council of Australia. Recently at Manzil de Tortue, not only were straw hats by the pool for guests to borrow but they were also used as part of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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The resort Manzil de a Tortue has beautiful grounds. I may have slept in a tent and camped to a certain degree but this all took place in a definite paradise. I mentioned the rabbits, veggies and chickens earlier . Now I must mention the enormous infinity edge swimming pool. These aqua waters seemingly nearly reach the Atlas foothills. The poolside is lined with canopied sun lounges in both sun and shade so everyone's tanning needs are considered. Towels and straw hats are provided as is a welcome pot of mint tea. A fascinating garden of savagely spiked cacti is... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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Manzil de Tortue is doing a great job in self sufficiency with extensive vegetable and herb gardens. I am sure some of the freshly picked veggies were in my tajine at dinner time. They also have a huge chicken coop with lots of hens with babies. Alongside this extensive hen house is a massive rabbit hutch with tons of rabbits hopping around very happily nibbling on carrots. These enclosures are really sturdy constructions and no fox or wild dog would have a hope in Hades of getting in. I think in high season children staying at the hotel have the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at mosaic road
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I slept so well in that tent. The bed was very comfortable and we had been given extra blankets to ward off the chill. I was very very snug and had enormous trouble getting to breakfast before it ended. A meander past the orange trees, the vegetable garden, the rabbit enclosure and the chooks will bring you to the main areas. Breakfast tables are set under a porch looking out to the gardens and pool. The wrought iron "tortoise" chairs carry on the " tortue" theme that is throughout the hotel. A continental Moroccan style breakfast is on offer of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at mosaic road
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The Manzil de la Tortue resort has several glamorous tents spread around the grounds, each surrounded by lush gardens. The heavy duty cream canvas has a black "lantern" print. A real wooden door and framed windows with glass create a more permanent effect and help seal out draughts and creepy crawlies. I love the finials that sit atop the canvas roof. These tents stay put, no nomadic wandering are possible. Ah, but you can wander to dinner or to breakfast or to the pool but no need to break camp and stamp out your fire. When your stay is over... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at mosaic road
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I am doing just that , in fact I am glamping it up. Tonight my bed is under canvas. Admittedly there is a hot shower and a proper bed. I am not in a sleeping bag or boiling a billy over a campfire. About three quarters of an hour out of Marrakech is a resort called La Manzil de Tortue with hotel rooms and also luxury tents. I am generally not a happy camper but this version could make me a convert. There is a glorious pool with views to the Atlas Mountains , a wine list, and delicious meals.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at mosaic road
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I know palm trees are meant to be swaying in the breeze but this is taking it to a whole other level. The load of palms on the truck is much taller than a bus and very top heavy. One already seems to be lurching sideways. The photos only suffice to give you a general idea of situation as it really is either the quick or the dead if you decide to stop and take photos amid Marrakech traffic. Posted with Blogsy Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2016 at mosaic road
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I have always bought tinned soup ( not the plain label tomato but good quality varieties) and doctored it by adding loads of chopped fresh vegetables or pasta or rice. This stretches it, enhances it and makes it a meal . I have not been able to do this in Morocco. No tins of soup to be found until last weekend. Surprise, surprise. There is a lady here, who when she returns from trips to the USA, brings back USA foods like craisins, Reece's pieces, Cliff bars and Campbell's soup. She sets up a little shop in a locked cabinet... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at mosaic road
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The locally grown Moroccan pumpkins are incredible. The eye catching colour is amazing. So ideal for Pie, Halloween, Cinderella, soup and tajine. This one was just sitting outside in all its glory amongst other vegetables in front of the little shop under my building. The shop owner will cut you a wedge depending on your needs. They are always displayed cut open so the discerning Moroccan housewives can be sure of the quality. Posted with Blogsy Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at mosaic road
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Just a tad ! Very common to see in Morocco are small vehicles with vastly top heavy loads. It's not restricted to these smaller vans either. In my travels I have seen big trucks almost buried under loads of hay struggling up hill and down dale. There are masses of road side police checks but either money changes hands or this sort of thing is unregulated or both. Posted with Blogsy Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at mosaic road
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But only for three or four weeks ! Posted with Blogsy Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at mosaic road
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No matter where I live I always have one ! It is a firm family tradition now. My family and friends always quickly find its location in order to sample the contents whenever they drop round. It's just a nice way of sharing and caring and as I cannot live without chocolate I have a supply on hand. Last year I ordered online and sent a kilogram of M&Ms to a child craving chocolate and just this week I have sent a contribution to another child establishing her own chocolate drawer. Ebay is a wonderful thing but chocolate is better.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at mosaic road
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If I cruised back over my seven or eight years of blog entries I would find that soup has featured in a vast number of posts. I don't know if that is a good thing or bad thing but at least it's a healthy thing. Many would probably consider it a boring thing but hopefullty there are a few other soup eaters like me who embrace this topic wholeheartedly. Loubia is a delicious cannellini bean soup found in lots of North African countries. It is considered a working mans food so is not on many touristic menus but try it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at mosaic road
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This rocky hill, topped with two enormous boulders, is the perfect place to see the Rose Valley in Morocco. It stretches in every direction before you in its entirety. This view gives true meaning to the saying " on a clear day you can see forever". The hill is found on the outskirts of a town called Kelaat Mergouna, famous for its rose products. A Rose Festival takes place In the town every May and one day I hope I will get to that. If you are on a road trip through Morocco then this is a quick stop to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at mosaic road
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Nearby my residence is an apartment block that has always looked vacant. It has many "for sale" and "to rent" signs up. It looks like a very decent building but who knows what's gone on and why it has remained empty. In an attempt, a rather odd one, to lure the punter some beautification of the street frontage has taken place. Not landscaping but stone painting. I am unsure about the longevity of the paintwork in the climate extremes here or if it will pull in any buyers but someone has had enjoyed doing it and it's a little bit... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at mosaic road
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This was the freshest and yummiest vegetarian pizza I have eaten in my lengthy pizza eating career. I love pizza but it has to be a thin, thin crust with a generous topping. No skimping. Pizza and good pizza, at that, is easy to find in Morocco. I shared this bestever one in the remote town of Ouarzazate. This town is the gateway to the Sahara and it is a hair raising four hour bendy and mountainous road trip from me here in Marrakech. Too far for a home delivery . The cafe, facing the enormous square is called Habous.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at mosaic road
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I was given ALL this chocolate today. Such a wonderful and thoughtful gift. Some very lovely guests know I am very serious about chocolate. They also know that Morocco, while famous for its food, is not the place to find quality chocolate brands like my beloved Cadbury. Thank you so much L and J. You made me one very happy chocoholic. Posted with Blogsy Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at mosaic road
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I love a new release, a new flavour, something old reinvented, a re hash, call it what you will but I always want it the minute it's out. I do love a bit of instant gratification. I am not talking about cars or technological stuff like phones but culinary foodie things. So today I picked up the new release Limited Edition Nespresso capsules, one from Rwanda and one from Mexico. Boxes are so attractive with bright coloured capsules .Tomorrow morning's coffee time can't come soon enough. I would be sipping now but it's early evening and they are not decaf... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at mosaic road
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I regularly take orders for these wonderful rustic pure wool Pom Pom blanket and in fact eight were ordered last night by an after midnight phone call from Australia even though it is midsummer there. So I headed off to see my "blanket" man this morning . All those huge skeins of wool will be woven into the creamy blankets. They measure 3 m x 2 m and are very heavy and very cosy. One of my daughters last year who always feels the cold said sleeping under hers changed her life !!! So if you too want your life... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at mosaic road
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Purple, according to European research and the wonderful Wikipedia is the colour we associate with royalty, magic, mystery and piety. Walking into the foyer of the Pearl Hotel in the Hivernage district in Marrakech does sort of stop you in your tracks. It is very purple and plush and very fitting for royalty. It does excude a little magic and mystery as it is a very big area, quite dim with dark corners containing deep velvet armchairs. And the serenity would certainly be fitting for the pious. You could hear a pin drop. There is a glossy grand piano and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at mosaic road
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After this lengthy horrible fluey thing I have lost a bit of weight. This is not such a good look in women of a certain age. So my mission is a little weight gain. This is a fun mission and means ice cream every day. Just for a week I will indulge in all culinary whims. Posted with Blogsy Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2016 at mosaic road
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It's winter here in Morocco, mid winter in fact. Today I was going out to lunch and on the way I had to stop and make a mercy dash to buy a summery T shirt. It was 27 C by midday and I was overdressed and expiring. Blue skies stretched cloudlessly and endlessly. I met my friend C and we took a taxi to a cafe attached to a gorgeous hotel. Not only was the weather a surprise but then I sat on a glorious rooftop overlooking Marrakech eating Japanese food. Tempura vegetables and sushi ! Not a tagine in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2016 at mosaic road