May 4, 2013
The history of Jewish migration and settlement in Morocco goes back to Roman times after the Romans conquered Jerusalem in 70 AD. *
In the Middle Ages, the Jewish population in Morocco exploded as the result of the their expulsion from Spain (1492) and Portugal (1497).
“Always Leave Them Laughing When You Say Goodbye” *
They are hysterical with laughter. When I say “Goodbye” they are hysterical with laughter.
Just moments before, they were angry.
Moulay Idriss (pop 12,600) clings to rocky outcrops high above an agricultural plain in the north of Morocco. After visiting the big cities, I decide, “This is the real Morocco.” The bright white town and its inhabitants seem so exotic. The town is perfect for a photo shoot. Yet somehow, I sense that the local folks would object to being photographed even if I ask permission.
April 29, 2013
Dear Friends and Explorers,
King Henry the Navigator and Vasco da Gama (1460 – 1524) might not be as well known as Ferdinand and Isabel and Christopher Columbus. But surely the Portuguese King and Captain are significant figures in navigation, exploration and conquest during the Age of Discovery.
Like his Spanish counterparts, King Henry of Portugal (1394 – 1460) never set sail anywhere. Instead he sponsored and encouraged his Captains to “discover” new lands and return with boatloads of treasure.
The Atlas Mountains
April 29, 2013
As we traveled across the mountains and desert of Morocco, I asked our Photo Guide a question:
“Do you have any suggestions for taking photos from a moving vehicle?”
Our guide rolled his eyes, smiled, shook his head and continued listening to his music. I assume he meant “fat chance.”