Escaping into the Sahara Desert of Morocco

Leaving Marrakech is quick. As if the city were contained within an invisible wall, buildings suddenly give way to clay huts and large fanning palms. Mountains spring like over-sized ant mounts on the horizon, all soil and rocks and earthy bluntness. The road ribbons into the distance; the only curve among angular peaks and graveledContinue reading “Escaping into the Sahara Desert of Morocco”

Redefining ‘Exotic’ in Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech

In my wildest dreams and most intrepid travels I have never encountered such an intense, exotic scene as the nightly market of Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakech, Morocco. Commonly known as ‘the big square’, Djemaa el-Fna is the centre of Moroccan exotic displays, where traders, touts and performers have been gathering for a thousand years. AsContinue reading “Redefining ‘Exotic’ in Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech”

Travel. Food. Photo. Morocco.

The food of Morocco epitomises the vibrant cultural flavour of the nation. Delightfully affordable, thoroughly spiced and served with enthusiasm, I must admit that Moroccan meals spurred a whole new level in my food photo obsession. Think caramelised onions with olives and prunes, and garlic coated olives of green, black and brown. Breathe in steamingContinue reading “Travel. Food. Photo. Morocco.”

Adventures in the Fez Medina, Morocco

Infused with generations of artisan skill, the Fez Medina is a pulsing labyrinth of colour and culture. With more than 9,500 narrow corridors curiously arranged into dedicated souqs, this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the largest living Islamic medieval cities in the world and offers more than enough to occupy a visit toContinue reading “Adventures in the Fez Medina, Morocco”

Impressions of Tangier, Morocco

Walls and windows don’t come much more colourful than those surrounding me on this Mediterranean-view terrace in Tangier, Morocco. The vibrant pink paint reflects a juicy hue across the black and yellow tiles, and light bounces enthusiastically through the lime, canola and cornflower panes. I’m sitting at a little round table, with red and greenContinue reading “Impressions of Tangier, Morocco”

Travel around the world from inside a computer

Sometimes we just don’t get to see and experience the things that we want to experience in the flesh. Whether it’s wandering the jazz painted streets of Cuba or living like a nomad in Mongolia, road tripping across America or connecting with communities in Africa, often money, time and physical ability can limit our in-personContinue reading “Travel around the world from inside a computer”

The Last Leg: Mt Sinai To Cairo

White torch lights pierced the black Sinai night as we stumbled like zombies up the mountain trail. The crunch and crush of feet on sandy gravel echoed off the sandstone with the gurgling grunts of pushy camels. Even with a Bedouin guide bounding (quite literally) up ahead, at times the winding trail seemed to disappearContinue reading “The Last Leg: Mt Sinai To Cairo”