Monday, January 14, 2013

Make Believe: Morocco

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocco

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca. Photo by 401k Limits

Morocco is a place that has been on my mind A LOT.  When I was living in Germany, it was a place that was close enough that a trip there seemed feasible (resulting in a lot of researching and planning) but just far away enough that it wasn't practical for a quick trip. The more I read about this country, the more in love I fall. I CAN'T WAIT to get there and, if things go according to plan I may be able to go in 2013, 2014 at the latest. Until then I can only dream: 

1. Comfortable maxi skirt that provides the necessary modesty while still offering relief from the heat. Lightweight and easy to wash/dry a must.
2. Panama hat to offer protection from the sun (and keep that hair under control.)
3. Lightweight Pashmina Shawl to keep the shoulders covered.
4. Sunglasses - because it's Morocco.
5. Special walking clogs - to look cute and stay comfortable when browsing the market stalls in the souk.
I would eat:

Moroccan Meatballs & Egg Tajine (Photo by Dinners & Dreams)

Traditional Moroccan foods. I would try everything I could get my little hands on, even the stuff I could never hope to pronounce. Moroccan foods I've already eaten and love are Tajine and Pastilla. I'd love to try Harira soup, Moroccan meatballs with couscous, and of course wash it all down with delicious mint tea. 

Dar Rafti Riad in Fex, Morocco. Photo by The Travel Files

In a traditional Moroccan Riad. Riads are built around a center courtyard which helps ventilate the rooms and keep them cool. They are often build in the gorgeous traditional north African style and range from simple to out of this world luxurious. I would love to spend a few days with my husband in one of these fabulous places.

1. I would take awesome Camel Trek through the Sahara Desert, sleeping overnight in Berber tents right on the sand. (Photo here)
2. I would barter for beautiful goods to bring home in the souks of Marrakech. (Photo here)
3. I would take a hot air balloon ride at sunrise to check out the sights from above. (Photo here)

I am SO excited to go, and the trip isn't even really planned yet! Have you ever been to Morocco? Where did you go? What did you do? What did you love and what did you hate? Share your stories here to help out the rest of us who (for now) can only make-believe.


Lauren said...

Sounds like you have your trip all planned out to me! I love the style of the Riad/house. It looks like it would be a beautiful place to stay.

And I don't think I told you yet, but I love your new blog design! It looks great!


Frances said...

Morocco looks like a beautiful place, would love to go there. A hot air balloon ride at sunset is my dream :)

Allie said...

I'm going to be studying in Italy this semester and Morocco is actually on my list of dream places to travel to. Now I just need to find a way and someone to go with! :)

ifs ands Butts said...

ah I so hope to make it to Morocco this year!! I think I would eat entirely too much, but then again, that's every vacation for me

Melissa Fielman said...

I'm living in Madrid for the year and three of my friends here just took a short trip to Morocco after the New Year. Their pictures are beautiful. It makes me want to go!

Meryl & Russell McLendon said...

I love that you posted this. Planning a Portugal/Spain roadtrip and have been debating adding in a bit of Morocco on to the end. I'm a new follower from Budapest! love your blog! xo, Meryl

Maria Larsen said...

Morocco is definitely high on my list of places to go. It just seems so perfect.
xo, Maria

Aryn said...

Morocco is at the absolute top of my travel bucket list! Something about this country is so enchanting and I have some friends there from studying abroad

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louise said...

My two best friends went to morrocco last year and said it was incredible. They said they got bothered in the street a lot so they were glad they had each other. They spent a night camping in the desert under the stars which sounded magic!

Sara Louise said...

That outfit would be just perfect! I can see you walking through one of the Bazaars dressed just like that :)
My husband's step-mother was born in Casablanca and I think that's just about the coolest thing!

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