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After washing your hands at this big and beautiful mosaic tiled sink, your cooking class begins. You enter a very professional classroom with stainless steel work stations set up with ingredients and cooking tools. Your culinary adventure awaits and you will enjoy your results for lunch. The teacher takes you step by step through your chosen recipe and gives hints and tips a long the way plus talks about the reason the Amal Centre for Women exists. You will learn from her a lot about Moroccan culture as well as how to cook a tajine or traditional soup. Fresh ingredients... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at mosaic road
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When you buy a rug or carpet in Morocco especially when you buy from a co-op you buy a story, a handwoven souvenir that speaks of tradition. The symbols woven into the fabric tell a tale, have a meaning and you will take home a local fable to enjoy underfoot. It will be made from pure wool or pure cotton or a mix and many hours and many fast fingers will have contributed to a beautiful artisan piece. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at mosaic road
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It would seem that every building in Morocco has stairs and that everywhere I walk is uneven and there are steps and ledges everywhere, created in an effort to level things out a tad. Most buildings, no matter the age, do not have a lift and stairs can go up five or six levels....dreadful when you have luggage but good for calorie burning after all the beautiful bread in this country. Often the steps and stairs are steep, of different heights, even with narrow widths that only fit half my foot, often windy too with shiny hazardous tiles. I always... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at mosaic road
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Most people know that I live in a less than frugally furnished apartment. I sleep on a mattress on the floor, quite happily too. I travel a lot and I just don't need a lot of furniture and domestic trappings. So hotel rooms excite me and I try to choose accommodation that is pretty but simple. Here is a peek into a few bedrooms I have experienced and enjoyed over the past few months. Not one was a disappointment either !! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at mosaic road
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At the end of last year I visited the Vatican and its Museums...finally I got there after yearning for ever !! It was worth the wait, so worth it, but almost impossible to process such magnificence. I can't describe this visit, there are not enough adjectives and it did stop me in my tracks , it brought me to a grinding halt with my jaw on the floor. Marble and gold seem to be the theme. Ancient sculptures, roughly 20,000 of them, many centuries old, are displayed, collected by Popes over time. I 'unenthusiastically' booked a guided tour in order... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at mosaic road
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On a recent trip back to Melbourne I visited a fabulous little cafe called Two Birds One Stone, in fact I went twice. The trendy, buzzy atmosphere is further enhanced by the fact that the barista/manager is a family member. It was cold and wintry outside but happy and snug inside with a delicious menu. Presentation, as you can see in the muesli photo, is of the highest calibre. And talking of calibre, coffee is taken very seriously and you can expect perfection in your cup. Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at mosaic road
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There are some incredibly beautiful ceramic pots made in Morocco in all shapes, all sizes, all colors and patterns . I love the very big Ali Baba types but I don't own a single one. The reason is fear. They have to be displayed with panache and positioning is vital and as you can see my friend A has nailed it !!!! She has got the mood lighting going and has chosen amazing ceramics. I just have to face up to reality that I don't have the interior design gene or the gorgeous nooks and crannies for a wow factor... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at mosaic road
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The fruit in Morocco is beautiful with fabulous choice and lovely quality. I sometimes wonder who buys it all as the amount I can see in just one market on any one given day is vast, huge mountains of fresh fruit is in every stall. The best things are - it is seasonal and locally grown. Once the season is over for a particular fruit then thats it till next year. Take strawberries for example, in Australia they are found in stores all year round, shipped from goodness knows where and insipid and watery when out of season. In Morocco... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at mosaic road
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No matter what your ailment the Berber pharmacy will have a cure. Their shelves are lined with a never ending array of lotions, potions, herbs, creams, cosmetics, extracts, seeds and more....all that could be just what you need as a cure all. All guaranteed to be just what the doctor didn't order !! The locals swear by these natural remedies....for me the jury is still out !!! Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at mosaic road
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The English tradition of afternoon tea is very much part of my heritage. My British father insisted on this 'event' so I grew up with it . It was a rare part of my childhood that made a happy impact. Luckily for me, in Morocco there is the opportunity often to partake in a formal afternoon tea complete with open fire, tea made with leaves and of course delicious cakes. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at mosaic road
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We all talk about the weather....incessantly....too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry .....but I actually like to look at it as well. I love skies, all day long skies not just dawns and dusks. I love clouds and last year in Rome the weather was the classic four seasons in one day. Rain and sunshine alternated as you can see by the big billowy white puffs backlit by sun rays followed closely behind by the gloomy grey ones bringing the very unwelcome downpours. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at mosaic road
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A grand piano was the last thing I expected to see in a riad in Fes but it did not look out of place at all in this exquisite courtyard salon. Riad Fes is full of incredible examples of traditional Islamic architecture. The zellig tiling is like a flowing tessellated sea, the white intricately carved lattice rises up to the roofline and a colonnade of mosaic-ed pillars "fences" off galleries and side rooms. Perfect examples that create a true sense of Morocco but at the same time create a not too formal public space. When you look up, your jaw... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at mosaic road
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My hometown of Melbourne has long bleak winters as you can see in these inner city photos and this year is no exception. One of my children rang to say it was 6 degrees C and she had bought a llama wool coat to stave off the chills. As she was telling me this it was 42 C here in Marrakesh....no need for coats llama or otherwise !!! Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at mosaic road
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The nature of the architecture here in Morocco means that all the buildings are flat rooved. These rooftops can and do provide basic extra living space or a utilities area or even a charming terrace. It is quite similar to India in this respect. So looking out over any town from a highpoint may also give you a birdseye view of daily living. Colourful washing, a sea of satellite dishes , many elegant mosques and local families relaxing will dot the vista. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at mosaic road
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Whether I am having a good day or bad, a colour burst of pink always makes me feel happy ( or happier). I could never be unhappy in Riad Fes as there are rosy hues both inside and out. Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at mosaic road
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Soothing silver seemed to be the theme for the suites at Riad Fes. My room was serene and cool and the summer heat and the city fray became immediately a thing of the past upon entering. Embossed mirrors, each etched and exquisite, lined the walls of the little salon style gallery I crossed to reach my room. As I turned the key in the lock to my suite named DOUH I knew the translation of that word to be very meaningful. I have been told it means blessing and I have so many of those always to count especially when... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at mosaic road
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My bathroom in Riad Fes was not only the size of a small cottage, it was also marbled to the max. Every sort of fragrant lotion and potion was lined up along a gigantic double sink vanity . I could and did lie in a deep bath enveloped by mood lighting emanating from a light fitting that would have been perfectly placed in a ballroom. It was all quite, quite glorious but no rubber duckie !! Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at mosaic road
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A while ago I had the chance to spend a couple of nights in what can only be called a five going on six star riad, Riad Fes . I had to do it in order to be able to tell others of the experience....after all someone has to be up for it !!! I assure you it is glamorous and luxurious and not be be missed if you decide to splurge . The furnishings are exquisite, the rooms palatial and not one "i" is left undotted by the attentive staff. If you long to feel like royalty in unsurpassable... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at mosaic road
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I know I am very boring posting three pics of virtually the same window but I have a thing for windows. Lots of people love doors or love floors or roofs but for me it's windows !! The painted shutter is so exquisite I doubt I would ever tire of looking at it, then add the gorgeous twirly wrought iron grill and this is a dream window. It would be so out of place in Australia so I have to enjoy these artisan creations now and take lots of photos to keep my Moroccan memories alive for the time when... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at mosaic road
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The views from the ruins are really amazing. If you visit them, climb up so you have some height . You can see all the way to the beach and the Atlantic sea and then in the opposite direction you can see the pastel buildings of the little village of Diabet . Looking down through the crumbled archways I spotted horse riders slowing to a trot and I know camel trains often pass by.The ruins are far from palatial now but still well worth a wander round. There are plans to build a hotel at some point here incorporating the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at mosaic road
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In the late 18th century a beautiful palace was built called the White House. Only the ruins remain today and can be found by walking along the beach in Essaouira and into the dunes. Once it was huge, 5 buildings with hand painted ceilings, zellig, marble, sculptures, ponds, tamarisk gardens and more. Now it is crumbled and overgrown with vegetation and filled with rocky sand. Sad to see but the size just of the ruins helps you to envisage the past grandeur. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at mosaic road
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First I saw one, then two and suddenly there were three tiny furry faces peering up at me. They took it in turns to be brave and come right out from under the door then they would be hit by a wave of shyness and scuttle back only to gather a bit of courage and peep out again ....oh so adorable !!! Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at mosaic road
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The village of Castelmola sits on a massive rocky clifftop in Sicily (1800 meters above sea level, population around 1000 ). Built into that cliff is a tiny chapel in a cave with only four pews. I am sure most people walk straight past as it is well camouflaged and has a big wrought iron grill across it. There is a big statue of San Pio standing majestically beside the altar. He is a famous friar and mystic from the 1800s. It was lovely to see this miniature little place of worship filled with lots of fresh spring flowers but... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at mosaic road
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The doors in the villages of Morocco always fascinate me....I do believe that no two are the same. They are only made more fun and more interesting by passing or sleeping animals !! Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at mosaic road
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Not a zot of graffiti, no vandalism and immaculate inside and out....that describes the Sicilian station of Taormina...oh and it has a sea view !!! And the train ran pretty much to time !! And there was a cafe and a bar, a fully stocked one !! So different to any Melbourne station, or any Australian station for that matter in my experience. Stations in Melbourne are flat out at peak times and a bit seedy the rest of the time with security issues. Taormina station was a destination in itself !! Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at mosaic road