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Alleys of Chefchaouen

Traveling to Morocco was always a dream of mine. The traditional yet forward-thinking spirit of its inhabitants and the varied, changing landscapes have always been the object of my fascination, and it wasn’t until I actually set foot there that I truly understood what makes Morocco so special.

My trip hasn’t gone without a few bumps –I mean that figuratively and literally, some of the roads we traveled on were less than smooth!– but truly getting out of my comfort zone was a memorable experience to say the least. I was confronted with a different language, an entirely different religious history and an even more challenging behavior, being a very-much Nordic-looking woman.

But most of all, I discovered amazing places that will forever be engraved in my memory.

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Chefchaouen

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The view of Chefchaouen from Riad Dar Echchaouen

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Just one of the many ornate doors in Chefchaouen

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One of my most liked Instagram photos ever – the Chefchaouen Medina

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Because not everything is blue in Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen was without a doubt one of the most picturesque villages I have ever been lucky enough to visit. It seemed as though every corner, every door was just begging to be photographed, and it only felt natural to indulge. The Blue City of the North is a charming one indeed, with its Spanish-looking city centre and its cobalt, cyan and turquoise detailing.

In fact, I found Chefchaouen’s relaxed pace and quaint setting far more enjoyable than the maze of both Marrakesh and Fes’ medinas.

Big Cities: Marrakesh and Fes

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Souvenirs of Marrakesh at the Jemaa el-Fnaa Square

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The strikingly colourful Jardin de Majorelle in Marrakech, which used to belong to Yves Saint-Laurent

Even months after my trip, I still can’t say that I am the biggest fan of Fes and Marrakesh, two of Morocco’s biggest city (see how I haven’t mentioned Casablanca, which I absolutely hated?). I’m a very urban person, and yet I much preferred Morocco’s countryside, the tranquility of the wide open spaces and the feeling of safety. I didn’t feel 100% safe in the city, which certainly didn’t help brighten the mental picture I had.

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One of my favorite things to do while in Morocco – sip mint tea!

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Shopping in the famous Fes pottery factories.

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Al-Attarine Madrasa in Fes

If I had to pick one, however, Fes would be my favorite city. From the magnificent vistas of Borj Sud observatory to the call to prayer from Palais Sofitel Jamaï, it had a certain quaintness that I felt other cities lacked. Not to mention the opulent Royal Palace!

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One of the many fountain in Fes’ medina.

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Kittens everywhere in Fes. And Morocco, in fact.

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See exhibit #1 above.

Sahara Desert

If one is going on a bucket list quest, one is going to watch the sun set in the Sahara desert, and one is going to do so surrounded by camels and Bedouins. That, people, is how you visit the Sahara.

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Watching the sun set in the Sahara

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In good company!

Dades Gorge – Ait Benhaddou

The penultimate leg of my journey brought our group to south-western Morocco, the narrow valleys of the Dades Gorge and the glitz and glamour of Morocco’s very own Hollywood and 11th century stronghold, Ait Benhaddou. Would I be terribly shallow if I said I felt like I was on the set of Aladdin?

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Ouarzazate, the Hollywood of Morocco

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More shopping in Ouarzazate

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The view from Xaluca Dades in Morocco

What is your favorite photo of Morocco? What city are you most drawn to?

 

20 comments

  1. Comment by Julie K.

    Julie K. Reply February 21, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Chefchaouen is on top of my bucket list! It´s one of the most picturesque towns I´ve ever seen. All the pictures of it I´ve come across have such a beautiful color palette and so much pattern..not to mention they emanate a sense of peacefulness..isolated from all the hustle and bustle of today´s society.

    • Comment by Marie-Eve Vallieres

      Marie-Eve Vallieres Reply February 23, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      Such a pretty village! Definitely recommend it. It felt like stepping a foot back in history!

  2. Comment by Aubrey

    Aubrey Reply February 24, 2014 at 11:47 am

    These are gorgeous images, Chefchaouen especially looks absolutely beautiful, is it easy to reach? I’d love to visit Morocco, but it is definitely more than a little intimidating to me as I mostly travel alone. Still, though, on my bucket list!

    • Comment by Marie-Eve Vallieres

      Marie-Eve Vallieres Reply February 24, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      It is quite easy to reach, even by yourself. Although there are many guided trips too!

  3. Comment by Justin James

    Justin James Reply February 24, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Great pics of Morocco! We are visiting next month. Just could not decide whether to go to Marrakesh or Fez because we only have 1 day there for a day trip from Casablanca. Anyway, hope to get half as many great pictures as you did when we get there. Thanks for sharing these!

    • Comment by Marie-Eve Vallieres

      Marie-Eve Vallieres Reply February 24, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Are you planning on staying more than a few hours in Casablanca? Because it is the worse city in Morocco :-) Fes and Marrakesh are far prettier, as is Chefchaouen.

  4. Comment by Anna from The Blonde Banana

    Anna from The Blonde Banana Reply February 28, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Beautiful Instagram photos! Do you use a certain app to edit them? My photography skills are horrid. Anyways I’m so mad at myself that I’ve been to Morocco twice and never seen Chefchaouen. I am dying to go… guess I’ll need to plan a 3rd trip?

    • Comment by Marie-Eve Vallieres

      Marie-Eve Vallieres Reply March 3, 2014 at 10:47 am

      I use a number of apps to edit my photos (currently working on a blog post on this topic!). More often than not, Camera+, VSCO and PicFX.

  5. Comment by Cheryl Howard

    Cheryl Howard Reply March 2, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Wow, all of these photos – literally, each and every one, are beautiful. You’ve done a wonderful job highlighting the country!

    • Comment by Marie-Eve Vallieres

      Marie-Eve Vallieres Reply March 3, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Thank you so much Cheryl. I really appreciate you saying that ;-)

  6. Comment by Abby

    Abby Reply March 7, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Morocco has always been a dream of mine, too. Absolutely stunning!

    • Comment by Marie-Eve Vallieres

      Marie-Eve Vallieres Reply March 9, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind words Abby! :)

  7. Comment by chantae

    chantae Reply March 11, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Wow – too many to choose from :) Though I’d have to say the photo overlooking the Sahara takes the cake for me!

    • Comment by Marie-Eve Vallieres

      Marie-Eve Vallieres Reply March 12, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Thanks for the kind words, Chantae! I think it’s my favourite too.

  8. Comment by Selina

    Selina Reply April 10, 2014 at 3:29 am

    These really are stunning pics – the colors are just awesome! As a fellow travel bug and crazy cat lady, I look forward to reading more of your blog!

    • Comment by Marie-Eve Vallieres

      Marie-Eve Vallieres Reply April 10, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      Thank you so much Selina! Morocco is very photogenic.

  9. Comment by Zora Gustin

    Zora Gustin Reply May 5, 2014 at 5:27 am

    What a pictures, Marie!
    Reading this blog reminded me about our visit of Morocco. It is a country I love most since then! As you wrote, it has magnificent landscape, people are amazing. It is a mixture of cultures on every step. I also didn’t like Casablanca at all! But was amazed when staying in Fes, the medina is something to experience! Its 7000 aleys without a name ;) can not imagine beeing a postman there!
    I was charmed by Majorelle gardens in Marakesh, will go there again for sure!
    And Erfoud is great to visit a desert and admire a sunset there.
    Thanks for blogging, Marie! Keep going!!!!

    • Comment by Marie-Eve Vallieres

      Marie-Eve Vallieres Reply May 7, 2014 at 11:57 am

      Thank you Zora! I will have to visit Erfoud next time I’m in the country.

  10. Comment by Nad Rahm

    Nad Rahm Reply December 28, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Wow, gorgeous pics!! Amazing. I kinda wanna start a travel blog myself…

    Kinda missed Morocco though it was a challenge as a solo female traveller there.. ( cos ya know.. the men there are into foreign females.. as much as a fat kid loves cake..)

    Pity you were not into Casablanca.. check out the city center and smallish medina – a mixture of French and Moorish architechure. A new, modern tram system can rival that of Milan’s, Sydney’s or San Franciso’s… Personally, I loved Fes (Imperial city) more than Marrakech..

    Would love to go back, put my limited Arabic to use and visit Chefchaouen, Merzouga and other cities!

    • Comment by Marie-Eve Vallieres

      Marie-Eve Vallieres Reply January 7, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      I loved Fes more than Marrakech too! Although I did appreciate having a guide to take me through the maze-like medina!

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