I Dream of…MOROCCO

My husband and I love to travel, and Morocco is definitely on my list of “places to go”! I have never visited anywhere in Africa, but for some reason, I have always had an itch to go there. Perhaps it’s getting back to my roots, perhaps it’s because I just love to explore and see how others live around the world,  or perhaps it’s because it’s where Sex & The City 2 was filmed and the place truly looked AMAZING. Either way, Morocco is in my future!

I have done a bit of research on the country and have selected 5 things that I would like to do when I get there (slide show): 

Location North   Africa (borders the North Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea)
Surrounding counties/nearby Algeria,   Spain, and Western Sahara
Official language Arabic
Currency Moroccan   Dirham (MAD)

 

1. Visit a tannery: Tanneries are one of Morocco’s oldest historic industries. Here animal hide is stripped, dyed, and turned into a variety of products including bags, belts coats, and shoes.

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2. Visit Dakhla Bay Beach: It is known as a hot spot for water sport enthusiasts and it’s a perfect place to lay out and relax for a tanning session or take a leisurely walk. It is quite the tucked away little spot so if you are not interested in the crowded beach scene it is the perfect getaway.

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3. Visit a hammam: Hammam’s are a traditional steam bath found in luxury hotels.  First, you are scrubbed down with black soap, which takes away all traces of dirt, dead skin, or tan you might have before. You are then rinsed off and put in a sauna where you can sweat out the rest of your impurities. This is then  topped off with a soothing massage so you leave feeling spit shined and rejuvenated all in one.

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4. Visit Marrakesh’s Djemma El Fna Square: Here you can haggle with shopkeepers while tasting authentic Moroccan food prepared by chefs cooking in open-air food stands. There is much culture to be seen here.

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5. Visit the Erg Chebbi Dunes: Here you can explore the beautiful orange sands of the Saharan dessert with dunes up to 500 feet tall. You can get around by ATV or camel and might even be able to see some of the local people.

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Check out www.visitmorocco.com for more information and ideas on places to visit.

Always visit the State Department’s website to find out about places you are planning to visit to better understand the location you are traveling to. Customs and cultures are different everywhere and one should respect and be aware of the environment while visiting.

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