April 16, 2013
The group tour and the serious sightseeing start tomorrow. For today, I decide on my favorite activity. I have no plans, no guidebook, no destination in mind. I just take a walk.
How do I write about myself without sounding pompous? Will I suffer a separated shoulder for patting myself on my back?
April 17, 2013
“You’re really good with people.” That’s what Rina said to me this afternoon.
Rina and I and four other ladies are on a two-week photo tour of Morocco. Our first stop was at a local Casablanca market – the same market I visited on my own the day before.
Rina observed my success in getting strangers to pose for me. Many of the strangers are Muslim women or girls. They are initially quite shy and reluctant to have their picture taken. Even a few men are apprehensive. Nevertheless, I am successful almost every time I try. My subjects end up smiling and eager to see their image on the camera screen.
April 18, 2013
In contrast to the more modern streets and districts of Casablanca, I feel the living history here in the Oudaia Kasbah in Rabat.
I wander the narrow residential streets of the Kasbah where the blue and white lime-washed homes date back to the 17th and 18th Centuries.
The Bab Oudaia, the gate that pierces the fortress walls of the Kasbah, was built in the 12th Century.
April 19. 2013
The small city Chefchaouen sits on a hillside in the Rif Mountains in northeast Morocco east of Tangier. It’s a popular getaway for Moroccans and Spaniards who seek relief from the summer heat.
Founded in1471, the name refers to the shape of the mountain tops above the town that look like the two horns (chaoua) of a goat. "Chef Chaouen" derives from the Berber word for horns, Ichawen
April 21, 2013
The tannery in the medina in Fes was founded 900 years ago. Assume for a moment that the art of tanning animal hides was already a mature craft at that time. So when did tanning begin? Decades before that? Centuries? A millennia or two?
Preparing and decorating clay pottery and tiles is surely another ancient art form.