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Charm Offensive of Blue Town Chefchaouen

“‘Cause it’s true love (This time I know it’s true love)
You’re the one I’m dreaming of (The one I’m dreaming of)
Your heart fits me like a glove (Heart fits just like a glove)
And I’m gonna be true blue…”

Charm Offensive of Blue Town Chefchaouen
I am sure even Madonna would not have known while humming out the tune above that why Mondays are blue and rest of the days of the week are not? Wonder what if Madonna would have ever been to a place where actually everything is, infact, painted in blue? How would have the songs been written then? The turquoise gem in the crown of the Moroccan Kingdom, Chefchaouen, is that town which is all awash in blue. Here the Mondays don’t feel blue rather the whole week remains blue which is bright, jubilant and welcoming. While the ordinary tourists will get to visit Marrakech while in Morocco and head back home, those with a flare to get to know the very heart and soul of this North African country will head north to this remarkable little town painted just in white and blue.

The Blue Town Chefchaouen - in French and Arabic
The Blue Town Chefchaouen – in French and Arabic

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Of Mosques, Madrasahs and the Moroccan Sites of Spirituality

Imagine wearing shades of different colour everyday, how different the same thing may look depending on your colour code for that day. That’s why perspectives exist, that is why you can see same things under a new light if you change your location and attitude. It’s all in your eyes actually. Today we suggest you to get on the bandwagon to explore the Kingdom of Morocco from the spiritual and mystic perspectives, to unravel how religion, the practices, the monuments and the practicing people have nicely shaped up the very fabric of the society in this fascinating country.

Of Mosques, Madrasahs and the Moroccan Sites of Spirituality

One word of caution upfront is that if you are out and about on only a religious pilgrimage or spiritual discovery, then you may not find what you are looking for in Morocco. The mystic path is just one of the means to an end to know the country better, not to discover yourself or the God you believe in. Continue reading Of Mosques, Madrasahs and the Moroccan Sites of Spirituality

The Turbanator

Turbans are an off-beat fashion going around. They came about in last summer and I personally thought it will be great to pull it off for Autumn-Winter, as hats are needed in the cooler weather and this could be a great alternative to hats, but they also suit a Spring wardrobe quite comfortably because here, in the UK, we still need to wear a jacket in the evening and also on most cloudy days, they would serve well during the day time. Plus this could be your savior for bad hair days! Yayyy!

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Moroccan Chicken Couscous With Seven Vegetables: La Maison Arabe Dadas’ Recipe

Ever since I came back from Morocco, I had been meaning to cook this national Moroccan dish – Chicken couscous with seven vegetables. Primarily because I loved it! Not a believer of love at first sight but this North African dish is surely a love at first bite for me. Also through my research I figured out that Couscous is a staple food throughout the North African cuisines of Tunisia, AlgeriaMorocco, Mauritania and Libya and to a lesser extent in the Middle East and Sicily. Traditionally, Couscous is a Berber dish from North Africa. Moroccans indulge in this rich, filling, and dynamic dish that I absoutely loved the idea of how it is served- meat or vegetable stew spooned over it. Deliciously healthy and a perefct royal meal!

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Chaos With A Character, Madness Of Marrakech Medina

You may be one of the few who may fall into the trap of thinking that the Medina of Marrakech is a bit hyped. After all it’s a very crowded market place with a lot of noise, people selling all sorts of things under the sun. Think before you commit to this assumption by asking yourself that how many of such chaos you would have seen in the world which come with a character? Having travelled extensively all over India and being raised in a overtly populated country, I am no stranger to crowd and chaos. What is unique and appealing about the Medina of Marrakech was the fact that it is chaos with a character where even the cacophony had a certain charm, not found or experienced by me anywhere else in the world.Chaos With A Character, Madness Of Marrakech Medina Continue reading Chaos With A Character, Madness Of Marrakech Medina

Shopping in Morocco: Babouches and Beach Straw Totes

Marrakech has anything and everything you need to decorate your house aesthetically, filling up your senses and kitchen spice jars, upgrading your jewellery collection, cover your boring living room’s pine wood floors or even drinking a glass of afternoon mint tea in a royal Moroccan cup. If I could mute and blind the airline staff, freeze my bank account from lowering the amount of the savings, I could shop them all and bring home to London with me. Since that is not allowed, I still had my fair share of splurging, collected unique, authentic bits and pieces of artworks from Chefchaoen and the Medina in Marrakech from my maiden trip to Morocco. However, unlike Fez or Chefchaouen, it is  difficult to actually see craftsmen at work. Shop owners are more like salesmen not artisans and the best place to shop is where the crafts are actually made, usually in the villages of the countryside. You can find, however, unique items from all over Morocco.

At the inner circle of the Medina Djemma El Fna
At the inner circle of the Medina Jaama El Fna
Shopping in Morocco: Babouches and Beach Straw Totes
A stree-side beach straw basket shop owner strikes a pose

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Fabulous Fantasia Show at Chez Ali Marrakech

Certainly you will be dining at different places all around in Morocco but your experience may fall short of being magical unless you book yourself for a dinner plus show at the Chez Ali in Marrakech. The Fantasia, as it is popularly known as, is a long-standing must-have experience in Marrakech.

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