Jonathan Worthington :: jnthn.net

Morocco

In February 2007 I joined a weekend trip to the north of Morocco. Surprisingly fertile, it was a little prettier than I expected and culturally pretty amazing.

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M'Diq

The sun was setting as we boarded the ferry from Spain to Morocco, and by the time we arrived it was totally dark. The hotel for the first night was located in M'Diq, and in the morning I was up bright and early to grab a couple of pictures and take a walk around the area surrounding the hotel, while most people had breakfast and waited for the coach.

From my balcony, I watched the last stages of sunrise
From my balcony, I watched the last stages of sunrise
Dramatic swirling sky
Dramatic swirling sky
Colours of the sunrise
Colours of the sunrise
The road outside of the hotel
The road outside of the hotel
A park near to the hotel
A park near to the hotel
A view of some of the town, with a building site in the foreground
A view of some of the town, with a building site in the foreground
On the beach
On the beach
The other way
The other way
Out to sea
Out to sea
The hotel I'd stayed the night in
The hotel I'd stayed the night in
What looks like a harbour
What looks like a harbour
Another shot from the beach
Another shot from the beach
The town
The town
Another view of the town
Another view of the town

Tetouan

This was the first city that we visited. The old city was one of the most culturally interesting experiences I'd ever had - hundreds of narrow streets that you'd never be able to drive down, flat bread for sale all over the place and people desperate to sell you whatever they can because it's the only way they can make a living. I ended up in a pretty tricky situation inside a carpet store, where after showing interest (out of politeness) in the carpets I was being shown, they isolated me and then tried to get me to barter, not accepting that I didn't actually want to buy a carpet! In the end, I didn't buy one, though a did end up with them offering me one at less than a third of the original price, which tells you the markup they put on things! (Of course, to take advantage of their desparation to sell soemthing if you really want it is kinda bad, because many of these people are very poor).

Entering Tetouan
Entering Tetouan
An entrance to the old city
An entrance to the old city
Looking towards a Spanish building
Looking towards a Spanish building
A palace
A palace
Another shot from near to the palace
Another shot from near to the palace
A Jewish synagogue - religions co-exist peacefully in Morocco
A Jewish synagogue - religions co-exist peacefully in Morocco
A tailor's shop
A tailor's shop
Looking town a typical street
Looking town a typical street
A tower in the distance
A tower in the distance
A spice shop
A spice shop
Other things the shop had on offer
Other things the shop had on offer
A street that, amongst the poverty, was full of shops selling gold
A street that, amongst the poverty, was full of shops selling gold
One of the gold shops - only women are allowed to wear such things
One of the gold shops - only women are allowed to wear such things
The old town walls, from the inside
The old town walls, from the inside
A spice shop...
A spice shop...
...selling many spices...many, many spices!
...selling many spices...many, many spices!
Back outside, looking down another of the narrow streets
Back outside, looking down another of the narrow streets
The place we had lunch
The place we had lunch
Me obviously not having a clue how to play!
Me obviously not having a clue how to play!

Tanger

Tanger, also known as Tangiers, is something of a toursit trap - even in February! The street sellers here really wouldn't leave you alone at all! The most exciting bits weren't the visit to the city itself, but the places on the way there. We stopped off to see the place where the Atlantic and the Med meet. A bit further down the road, there was a chance to ride a camel, which of course I took up! There was also a rather pretty cave nearby with views out to sea. The city of Tanger itself wasn't so nice as Tetouan, in my opinion, but worth seeing. It's where I purchased a jabala (something Moroccan people wear).

On the way to Tanger
On the way to Tanger
The countryside was quite pretty
The countryside was quite pretty
A nice lake we passed on the way
A nice lake we passed on the way
Lots of birds by the lake (not visible in the small version of the image)
Lots of birds by the lake (not visible in the small version of the image)
A small settlement along the way
A small settlement along the way
The fertile, green countryside
The fertile, green countryside
Tanger in the distance
Tanger in the distance
The meeting point of two seas!
The meeting point of two seas!
This is where the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean sea meet
This is where the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean sea meet
I guess this building is a lighthouse
I guess this building is a lighthouse
A camel
A camel
The sun shines ont he sea
The sun shines ont he sea
Beautiful coastline
Beautiful coastline
Me riding a camel!
Me riding a camel!
Am I being followed?!
Am I being followed?!
Being helped off after the ride
Being helped off after the ride
Many camels
Many camels
People look outside a cave
People look outside a cave
People inside the cave
People inside the cave
Looking out of the cave to the sea
Looking out of the cave to the sea
Inside Tanger - to the left is a Koran school
Inside Tanger - to the left is a Koran school
Walking through the old city
Walking through the old city
The harbor
The harbor
The sea
The sea
Dressed up character at a night show
Dressed up character at a night show
Traditional Moroccan acts
Traditional Moroccan acts
Dancing
Dancing
The roped me in! Argh!
The roped me in! Argh!
A belly dancer
A belly dancer

Chefchaouen

Away from the bustling cities, Chefchaouen is a mountain village set in the beautiful north Moroccan countryside where, apparently, they grow a lot of hash. All I know is that I was offerred a lot more of it in Tangers. Chefchaouen, along with the journey to and from it, was probably my favourite bit of the entire trip - because I'm a countryside and mountains guy more, not because of the hash! :-)

Buildings in the countryside on the journey
Buildings in the countryside on the journey
A nice lake I spotted along the way
A nice lake I spotted along the way
Another shot of the lake
Another shot of the lake
And yet another...prettyness!
And yet another...prettyness!
The wonderful Moroccan countryside
The wonderful Moroccan countryside
The place where we were dropped off
The place where we were dropped off
Along one of the narrow streets
Along one of the narrow streets
A building the middle of the square
A building the middle of the square
Notice how the buildings are painted blue to half way up...
Notice how the buildings are painted blue to half way up...
...this is the get rid of mosquitos, and somehow it actually works!
...this is the get rid of mosquitos, and somehow it actually works!
A loom in a weaving shop
A loom in a weaving shop
View from the roof of a building
View from the roof of a building
A view from the same place
A view from the same place
A spices shop
A spices shop
Outside a castle in the town
Outside a castle in the town
Inside the castle
Inside the castle
A landscape of the same thing
A landscape of the same thing
Another view inside the castle
Another view inside the castle
From the first floor of the tower
From the first floor of the tower
Same, with less of the nearby buildings
Same, with less of the nearby buildings
Red rooftops
Red rooftops
Looking over the town
Looking over the town
A similar view
A similar view
Another angle on the town
Another angle on the town
Yet another
Yet another
Looking to many villages in the distance
Looking to many villages in the distance
Forest
Forest
Another wonderful view
Another wonderful view
A nearby tower being worked on
A nearby tower being worked on
Back down from the tower, inside the castle
Back down from the tower, inside the castle
Looking towards the tower I'd climbed
Looking towards the tower I'd climbed
Out on the street by the castle
Out on the street by the castle
It kinda looks like a Christmas tree!
It kinda looks like a Christmas tree!
People walking near to the castle
People walking near to the castle
A donkey being loaded up
A donkey being loaded up
A last glance at the castle as I left
A last glance at the castle as I left
Leaving the town
Leaving the town
A field by the town
A field by the town
Rivers
Rivers
Craggy rockfaces
Craggy rockfaces
Looking over the countryside
Looking over the countryside
Another amazingly green view
Another amazingly green view
The rock face straight on
The rock face straight on

Cueta

Cueta is a Spanish enclave. As you enter the city, you pass through customs and immigration. Once you are inside Cueta, you are essentially back in Spain. That means that there are no passport checks either side of the ferry trip back to the Spanish mainland. I grabbed a couple of photos of Cueta as we drove through it.

A build in Cueta
A build in Cueta
The harbour
The harbour
Driving along the coast
Driving along the coast
People selling fish and sea food
People selling fish and sea food
The sea front
The sea front

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