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Moulay Idriss is the Birthplace of Islam in Morocco

Moulay Idriss is the birthplace of Islam in Morocco. The town is named after Moulay Idriss I, the great grandson of Prophet Mohammed and who brought Islam to the country. He is, of course, the country’s most-revered Saint. Moulay Idriss is built on two verdant hills. As you can see,

The Beautiful Doors of Morocco

Ladies and gentlemen, the beautiful doors of Morocco! On my first few hours in Marrakech, I noticed the old, repainted, renovated, run-down and pretty doors of the city. Their charming designs delighted me so I took a lot of photos until I became obsessed. There was even a time when

A Day at Ouzoud Waterfalls

We were picked up from our hostel around 8 in the morning but didn’t really leave Marrakech until 9:30. Our tour bus had pick to up some people from one hostel to another. The journey from Marrakech to Ouzoud Falls was almost three hours with one stop for bathroom break.

The Splendid Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate

When “Lawrence of Arabia” was filmed at the nearby Ait Benhaddou, all other kasbahs in Ouarzazate became known, too. Taourirt kasbah is just one of the many in the area. It was once an important kasbah in the country’s trading history with rest of Africa. What I like most here

Marrakech Medina is an Assault to the Senses

Marrakech medina is an assault to the senses. The souk is a visual feast of colours – from clothes to shoes to spices and jewelries. Yes, it’s a shopping paradise for those who love colours, moorish designs and fashion. The best thing about this souk is that the vendors are

Koutoubia Mosque – The Largest Mosque in Marrakech

Koutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque in Marrakech, Morocco. It is also taller than the palm tress that surrounds it. It’s in the heart of Marrakech. You can’t miss it, especially when you’re in Djemaa El-Fna. The minaret is 77 meters high – and five times a day, a muezzin beckons

The Atlas Film Studio Museum in Ouarzazate

Ouarzazate is the door to the Sahara, the world’s longest desert. And believe it or not, the desert here is backdropped by snow-capped Atlas Mountains – even in summer. It’s only here where you can see that extreme scenery of nature, totally different from each other but they blend well

Ait Benhaddou – Morocco’s Most Famous Movie Location

There’s no doubt that Ait Benhaddou is Morocco’s most famous movie location. This is a kasbah – a dwelling characterized with high walls and are connected to one another. The alleys are small and towering mud bricks are elaborately decorated. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its great example of

The Sights, Sounds and Tastes of Jemaa el-Fna

When in Marrakech, the first thing you should do is experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Jemaa el-fna. It is a huge public and market square in the centre of the old medina and at first glance there’s really nothing much to see but people. But, wait until it

The Snake Charmers of Marrakesh

You can spot the snake charmers of Marrakesh at Place de Jemaa El-Efna. There are many of them there, enchanting tourists to take a look at what their poisonous snakes can do. Be discreet in taking photos if you don’t want to give them a tip. Once they see your

Hassan II Mosque by Night

The Hassan II Mosque by night looks like it is surrounded by glowing embers of shining gold. It looks more tantalizing to our sense of sight than it is during the day. The pulsating rhythm of the rising tides that smash the seawall blends well with the call of prayer

Review – Hotel Azur Casablanca

Here’s my review of Hotel Azur Casablanca. I only stayed there for a night, my first stop on Morocco trip. When booking a room here, ask for an ocean view. I love the chilly sea breeze in the morning. Hotel Azur Casablanca Location If you take the train from the

Sunset in Casablanca

Sunset in Casablanca is breathtakingly gorgeous. In the afternoon, a lot of people gather at the seawall that leads to Hassan II Mosque to do two things: go fishing and watch the sunset. On the other hand, many shirtless youngsters are braving the waves that pummel the mosque’s archways. Outside

Hassan II Mosque is Casablanca’s Famous Landmark

My early flight from Dubai was on time but the connecting flight in Cairo to Casablanca was delayed for an hour – because it’s EgyptAir. From Mohammed V Airport in Casablanca, it was very easy to find the train that goes to downtown which lasted for 40 minutes up to

The Steps of Repentance

You can’t miss the Steps of Repentance when you climb Mt Sinai (aka Moses Mountain). It’s a steep climb that would really make you think to repent all your sins – unless if you’re an atheist who’ll probably think it’s just another tourist scam. 😀 There are two authorized walking

View of Cairo Skyline from Hilton Ramesis Hotel

My stay at Hilton Rameses Hotel in Cairo wasn’t really planned at all. I had to stay in the city one more night while waiting for my employer’s decision on what to do with my expired visa. It’s a long story that will bore you to death. When I arrived