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mosaic road
Melbourne, Australia
Interests: my dogs, my children, my vegie garden, my sister and her boys, my hopefully ongoing fitness, recipezaar, my ebay business, my renovations - all in equal order !!
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As most people know I am the Imelda Marcos of scarves. My family had, in fact, this year banned me from further scarf purchases but they are not here to see what I am up to !! So, I have free range to buy up big !!! I was taken by my friend M into the souks and we went to a stall where she is a regular customer. A fabric rainbow rose up before me. making a choice was nigh on imposssible but as it is getting a bit chilly here now I decided on cashmere. As you can... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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I do not recall the name of the cafe where we sat lunching in the Place Jemaa El Fna but I do know that in Morocco even the smallestl spot has something interesting to see !! I looked up from my meal and saw this amazing ceiling. So my useful tip here is to remember to cast your eyes upwards as you munch. h And a word of warning - the bread in this country is delicious and addictive, freshly baked and served at every meal. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at mosaic road
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The main square in the old part of Marrakech is called the Place Jemaa El Fna and is always swarming and teeming - day and night - with tourists , vendors, snake charmers, local residents, musicians and anyone and everyone else you can think of. It is fringed with cafes and little shops and can be a little daunting. This is the square always featured on TV travel shows like Getaway and what you see is what you get plus a whole lot more. But it irks me a little that these travel shows show very little else of Marrakech... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at mosaic road
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I just wanted to share the view of the Atlas mountains bathed in early morning light that I wake up to each day. Plase ignore the vast wasteland in the foreground !! I will be able to see snow on those peaks in the next few weeks. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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We made it to the waterall !! Here is our trusty multilingual guide who put up with my bad French. As we headed down we took a detour to a very lovely and expensive hotel Kasbah de Toubkal where low and behold to my total surprise I found a single hollyhock blooming in their garden, much more typical of the Cotswolds than Morocco. Graffitti is the same the world over !! Here am I nearly at the end of our walk, ready for a late lunch. The mist had not lifted and in fact as dusk fell it got thicker... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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After our coffee stop we went, accompanied by a guide, into the mist. We walked up to a waterfall and it was almost surreal to be in the swirling fog, very much like being on the set of Lord of the Rings. The autum foliage was wonderful and quite unexpected - seemingly more New England than Morocco. The trees covered in yellow leaves are walnut trees . The terrain is rocky and there are many hikers on the trail. Part way along on an outcrop was this little orange juice stall - one man, 5 glasses and a hand juicer.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at mosaic road
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Before arriving in Imlil we stopped at another town where the weekly market was in full swing. The car park was full as you can see. I love the mule - not a horse - in the foreground having lunch served in a classic nose bag. The market in this town has the local men and boys mainly as customers but lots of markets are attended by the whole family. It was a huge sprawling and crowded market and not at all a typical tourist destination. If you linger too long looking at items you are besieged by a multitude... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at mosaic road
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Yesterday four of us booked a driver and set out on an excursion to Imlil. This village is in the High Atlas Mountains and is 5,710 feet above sea level. It is a good hour and a half from Marrakech on some pretty bumpy single lane roads. It is a base for hikers and climbers so tourism is important as is local produce. Around the village are orchards full of apple , cherry and walnut trees. It was quite chilly up there with rolling fog. By next month snow will have fallen. It was a long and full day so... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at mosaic road
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After traisping along some narrow alleyways and knocking on a huge old door, this amazing cafe unfolded before my eyes. Dar Cherifa is located in a huge old riad - mansionesque. The enormous inner courtyard is scattered with low white chairs and tables and shelves of books and magazines. Alcoves and other smaller salons are scattered around the edges of courtyard. As it is open to the sky, the light is wonderful. The shallow water feature in the centre is scattered with red rose petals. The architecture is incredible and ancient and as with so much here in Marrakech it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at mosaic road
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At Riad Mur Akush dinner is served here or on the roof top. It is optional and we present a slightly differing menu each day, but olives always. e Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at mosaic road
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When you order a chai from a takeaway stall in India it comes in a 'throw away' terracotta cup. Can you see Starbucks going down this path ??? Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at mosaic road
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Tanjia is a special Marrakchi dish made with meat and spices. Originally it was a recipe cooked by men when they went on picnics in spring. They played cards and enjoyed music while it cooked. A leg of beef or lamb is chopped up and is slow cooked in a pot of clay, like an urn, for about 6 hours. It is cooked usually in the public hammam. We ordered one the other night for dinner and it was delivered hot to the door. The meat just drops off the bone and you can clearly taste the preserved lemon and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at mosaic road
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For breakfast we had something really delicious, a local specialty called “Mishti Doi” which is a type of firm yoghurt sweetened with date palm sugar so it tastes like caramel yoghurt! Available from the lovely sweets shop right on our corner - excuse the classy plastic tablecloth. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at mosaic road
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My view was of wet horses and wet roads. It poured all day yesterday alternating between drizzle and really heavy downpours. The streets and the pavements here become mini floods and walking becomes like hopscotch as you try to avoid plunging your feet into muddy pools. Today is a different story and I can see the Atlas Mountain range very clearly and many pink tinged clouds above them . I will buy some gum boots today so in the next deluge I can just stride forth without having to skirt round the vast lakes that suddenly appear. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at mosaic road
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Follow the feet !! Here is a glimpse of the rooftop area where we are staying. Here’s the view out from where we eat breakfast, which is a covered area of the roof with mesh to keep the crows out (see crow!) and there is one caw-ing right now. You can see the neighbours’ rooftops with washing too: Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at mosaic road
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Last night I finally bit the bullet and joined the gym. It is a one minute walk from my apartment block. The proximity was the determining feature as it is quite expensive. They have lots of classes on each day, though all in French. Also, and this is not suprising, it is a segregated gym. Today I did a Les Mills class using elastic bands. I am unsure if the class I did was what Les Mills had in mind. It was 30 minutes long and people wandered in and out but we used hand weights and big bands so... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at mosaic road
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My sister is on one of her frequent trips to India and as in the past I always ask for her to to be a guest here on my blog. So when and if she gets some reliable internet like yesterday she will send snippets and photos. It will give you all a change from reading about me in Morocco. Hi everyone, sorry it has taken me so long to send an email - you can guess why of course - hopeless wi-fi! Plus exhaustion and jet lag have put me in no state to fight with the wi-fi and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at mosaic road
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I have been in my apartment for nearly a week and love it . It is big and airy with great views. There have been a few plumbing isssues that have finally been sorted out but it has taken two days and many plumbers all conferring in Arabic whilst also in their mobile phones. But now, let me show you around. This is my favourite coffee and Kindle spot. And below I have a very comfy couch and chaise longue. LL All the appliances are new, I had to peel off all the plastic and tackle the French instruction manuals... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at mosaic road
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These three local apples and two chunky local limes cost me 77 cents. After Australian food prices this is astounding value and total proof that buying local produce is the only way to go, not only for budgetry reasons but then the local farmers are supported too. I have resolved to buy only local produce whilst I am living here in Marrakech. As for cooking it, well that is still under a big question mark as I have no utensils as yet let alone a decent saucepan. I think I will miss my microwave and food processor - purchases may... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at mosaic road
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You may, like me, have thought that the era of carbon paper was long over. But let me assure you that it is alive and well in everyone of the 13 offices I visited today. I, some weeks ago, paid a hefty sum to get a box of belongings delivered by Fedex, door to door, Melbourne to Marrakech. Flawed plan.The box made it to the Fedex freight warehouse in Casablanca and there it stopped. Customs would not release it unless they saw my paperwork and passport in person. I made the 2 1/2 hour car trip today, eventually located the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at mosaic road
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There is a vast, vast wasteland - acres of it - in the middle of the area in which I live. My bedroom looks over it to the Atlas mountains. It was apparently a chicken farm that was relocated and the government has cleared most of this parcel of land and in time it will be gardens and an hotel. In Australia, unless fenced off in a prison like manner, it would now be a tent city and rubbish dump but this does not seem the case here in Marrakech. I have noticed to occasional person crossing it but not... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at mosaic road
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No matter how, when or where you move it is never plan sailing. Yesterday was no exception. I took my belongings - 2 suitcases to my new residence and checked in. Chaos reigned within apartment, everything was under dust covers with workmen scurrying around. Mirrors were being put up in the bathrooms and a brand new washing machine was being installed . OMIGOD this installation caused an ungodly mess and a concrete dust storm. When I decided to take a shower last night there was and is still no hot water. One basin has a tap that has no water... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at mosaic road
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The word breakfast seems obsolete when you sit on a rooftop in the gentle heat of the early morning here. I am drinking lovely coffee from a charming pottery mug and contemplating breaking my fast with Moroccan pancakes, olives and a fresh baguette with local apricot jam. It will be a vastly different story tomorrow morning when I wake up as I will be in my own appartment. I am sure there will be nothing photoworthy on my table - it will be back to muesli, fruit and yoghurt !!! Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at mosaic road
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All the riads or old houses here have fabulous rooftop gardens and patio areas. In the olden days when women were forbidden to leave the house these rooftops were there domain and sanctuary, bringing the outside in. Riad Sesame has a high wall around the roof top but you can still see other higher gardens and the main Kotoubia mosque. Wonderful also to see they are using solar energy. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at mosaic road
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I have moved across the alley to a different riad called Riad Sesame as Riad Mur Akush is full. I have been there over a week as a privileged guest but do not wish to outstay my welcome. Riad Sesame is lovely as all these riads are but it has new ownership so there are a few wrinkles to be ironed out but let me show you around. Below is the door to my room, such wonderful arched doors. Also it is on the ground floor which is a blessing when I am not travelling light. No lugging 40 kgs... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at mosaic road