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Into the Blue

Chefchaouen


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First glimpse of Chechaouen (shef-shah-wen), the most northerly point in our Morocco trip.

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We arrived late afternoon to our new home, Dar Jasmine, 165 stairs to the hotel from the road but worth every step. The hotel sits on the side of the hill facing the famous blue medina and has amazing views everywhere you look. Good thing Morocco believes in porters! One man quickly hoisted our 2 suitcases on his shoulders and ran up the steps to the hotel, amazing (so fast we didn’t get a photo!) The hotel and gardens are lovely, and the staff couldn’t do enough to help you. Definitely a pick if you are visiting Chefchaouen. (https://www.darjasmine.com/en/homepage/)

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Top of the stairs:

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The inside:

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The pool and terrace:

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Breakfast at the hotel, looking out to the medina in the morning.

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Chefchaouen sits right below the Rif Mountains and is reputed to be one of the prettiest towns in Morocco. Famous for its blue medina (market), there is a lot of Spanish influence here, but it also felt Greek to us with all the blue paint. We have many pictures of this picturesque place, so enjoy!

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Up close and personal:

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At night:

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We visited the 15th century Kasbah (Moroccan castle) in town, which has been restored and has a garden, kind of an oasis in the midst of the medina.

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The medina from the kasbah:

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You can buy almost anything in the medina, and Morocco is famous for hand made rugs, so there are many rug sellers. Dean took a shine to one we met, named Mosen, (who became Molson, of course). He was very welcoming and polite. He was a very interesting young man, working in his father’s store, while his mom managed the actual making of the carpets in their home in the Rif Mountains. We learned “ishma” means don’t like and “hale” means you like it. After many hales, ishmas and mint tea we finally chose a couple small carpets. It was a fun experience and we met everyone in his family except his mom:

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We had dinner at Sophia’s, a restaurant in the middle of the square owned by a woman, (not common here), and very “hole in the wall” looking but just great food (mouthwatering!): carmelized pumpkin, lamb tagine and chicken couscous.

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Colorful oranges everywhere:

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Imagine doing the wash this way - ugh!

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The more modern part of Chefchaouen was blue as well. This is a high school. The signs and building names are always in Arabic first and then Berber, which is the language of the indigenous people here.

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Last view of Chechaouen as we left town:

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Lunch on the road with Ali:

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Pooches in paradise:

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And one kitty outside a leather shop who didn’t move the whole time we were there:

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Next stop: Volubilis and Moulay Idriss (on the way to Fez)

Posted by margofiala 15:05 Archived in Morocco

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First, the colours are intensely rich and beautiful! Second, in the photos you two look so relaxed and happy. I guess that being in wonderland does that to a person(s). 💕

by Donna-Lynne

Great photos, they really capture a feel for the scenes!

by Johndotbike

Looking good! Hadn't seen an update for some time so it's great to see where you guys are at. Looks amazing. Take care and safe travels, Doran.

by doancia

Bravo guys!! I'm still jealous !! Many "Aloha's" from HHK. Many have asked me how you two are doing ! I said they're doing Morocco at the moment !! 😀. Cindi

by cindijensen49

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