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Morocco
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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 13 hours ago 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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 6 days ago at mosaic road
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Unexpectedly in Sicily I took a boat trip. I am not a boat trip person but had a great time and saw fabulous views looking inland. The day was grey, the sea not exactly calm but Carmelo, our 5th generation Sicilian 'captain' was very reassuring and an absolute fount of local knowledge. I saw huge hotels and homes for the rich and famous with infinity swimming pools perched on rocky outcrops. I saw the mansion that President Putin wants to rent in May and I saw the skinny pebbly strips of 'beach' where literally thousands of sunseekers lie on sun... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at mosaic road
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Blue defines Morocco for me, its all around starting with the widest skies I have ever stood under. Not a day passes without me feeling the "blues". Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 at mosaic road
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In the village I visited yesterday there were a lot of animals just freely wandering around including many goats. I loved their speckled ears and would have loved to pat one. The little kids were very camera shy and were making quite a racket maaing and baaing chasing after their mothers who scattered in every direction as we approached. It was lovely rural scene. Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at mosaic road
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In the village I visited yesterday there were a lot of animals just freely wandering around including many goats. I loved their speckled ears and would have loved to pat one. The little kids were very camera shy and were making quite a racket maaing and baaing chasing after their mothers who scattered in every direction as we approached. It was lovely rural scene. Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at mosaic road
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I did mention earlier that Essaouira can be and often is very blowy. Hence, it is a kitesurfing hub. I love to see the coloured kites speeding through the air. Who knows what those camels must think but they all looked happy enough resting on the sand or wandering along the waters edge with tourists on board . I think the flocks of Atlantic gulls are staying put as they fear if they take flight they might be blown to Australia !!!! Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at mosaic road
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I have strolled and sauntered along sandy stretches of coastline in many parts of the world and no beach walk is ever the same as another. I always love it no matter the season. Today I took a Beach Photo Walk along the Atlantic coastline at Essaouira. It's a very, very blowy piece of coast but the sun was out and the sand was warm between my toes. We crossed a small rippled river that was like a bath before heading into the dunes where of course, sadly the flotsam and jetsam of contemporary living was very evident. It was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at mosaic road
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One morning after breakfast in Sicily I sauntered up to the rooftop terrace at Hotel Isabella. I knew there was a cafe and bar ( not open) up there. I was not prepared for glorious views to the north, south , east and west. I could see so far that I could not see where the sky stopped. I could see gorgeous pastel homes and villas, the Mediterranean sea and snow topped Mt Etna. I could see forever and I was just awestruck. I was hanging, with my camera, over the whitewashed balustrades clicking away furiously !!! Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at mosaic road
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This is something you would never see in my gym in Melbourne. !!!! There are a few very sweet street cats, including the one above, that stroll in and out of City Club, my gym here in Marrakech. They usually lurk upstairs but this one was keen to see what was going on downstairs where some very buff boys hang out. Happily I saw a couple of very hefty weight lifters scratch her ears as they moved between their drop sets and bar bells. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at mosaic road
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Travel involves a lot of sightseeing and I think people watching can come under that heading. I like to observe, maybe over a coffee, from a distance and ponder upon people's lives and their stories. I am not talking about snooping and staring but just taking in the idiosyncrasies of others as they go about their daily chores. Once my coffee is finished, then its back to the the hard core sightseeing...churches and museums. Others may well be watching me as I pass !!! Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at mosaic road
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I am not fussy, any of these will do !!!! Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at mosaic road
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The incredible San Petronio Basilica in Bologna is in fact the tenth largest in the world by volume !! It certainly felt pretty big !!! It is 132 meters long and 66 meters wide and how lovely to see it full of people....not meaning tourists but an active congregation attending a service. So many churches these days in Australia have very poor attendances. Twice now ( 2002 and 2006 ) plans have been made to blow up this Basilica by terrorists.....luckily foiled and stopped by Italian police. A 15th century fresco, they claim, is insulting to the Islamic religion. Saints... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at mosaic road
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What a surprise it was, a shock really, that the main Basilica in Bologna was open to tourists on Easter Sunday. It was open even while the Easter morning service was in progress. Photos could still be taken for a 2 euro fee. My camera and I kept a discreet distance from the worshippers I assure you as this all does sound a little invasive. Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at mosaic road
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The side streets and alleys of Italy echo with music it seems. On past trips here I also recall the same thing, hearing strains of singing emanating from open windows as I passed. I remember being lost in Venice once at dusk and hearing the wafts of Elton John's Song for Guy from across the canal, a surreal moment . This trip I have seen buskers and bands and heard some great spur of the moment opera. Italy has been alive with the sound of music. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at mosaic road
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I thought that Easter would be huge in Italy but compared to Spain with its processions it has been pretty low key. Good Friday was even a normal working day which shocked me as in Australia it is a major public holiday with nothing open whatsoever. Wherever you are, have a happy and chocolatey time. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at mosaic road
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at mosaic road
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City of Water City of Masks City of Bridges Floating City City of Canals Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at mosaic road
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From the rooftop terrace of Hotel Isabella in Taormina in Sicily I had serious jaw dropping awesome views of both Mt Etna and the Mediterranean....and I mean awesome in the true original Oxford dictionary way !! Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at mosaic road