Travels Through Morocco - Chefchaouen the Blue Pearl, Chapter Three

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"You could explore this city for hours and the sense of wonder would never go away."

「  The City of Chefchaouen, Morocco  」

C H A P T E R   T H R E E

Dar Mounia, Chefchaouen
28th August, 2018

I spent the next few days in Chefchaouen exploring the city's nooks and crannies in my solitude. I can imagine a lot of couples coming here to spend their honeymoons, or to visit as a romantic getaway. Certainly there were a lot of couples here, but a lot of lone travellers too who, like me, ended up wandering the streets, taking photos of almost every street corner in this gorgeous city.

I decided to extend my stay here and unfortunately my hostel, Dar Antonio was fully booked. I had to look for another one but luckily I had my phone and my Booking app which I've used to book probably over one hundred hostels across Asia and Europe and has been an absolute saviour when booking last minute. And this time was no exception. As I wanted my own room this time, I opted for a house called Dar Mounia which was a measly $35 per night for a double, including breakfast - what a steal! Without hesitation, I booked it and made my way there.


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Dar Mounia, Chefchaouen

I moved from my hostel Dar Antonio and found myself in one of the most beautiful blue buildings that I've seen - Dar Mounia, pictured above. The Dar was located down a little side street near the main square, with a balcony atop. It was a three story building with a beautiful coat of blue and white paint, and the it was as beautiful inside as it was outside, with home-sewn fabrics and green vines lining the wall and inner courtyard.


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Inside of Dar Mounia

After settling into my new abode, I decided to keep exploring, not spending very much money as all I was doing was essentially just walking and eating. I stumbled across what looked like one of the Medina squares and sat outside one of the cafe's. The waiter arrived and I ordered (you guessed it) a steamy pot of peppermint tea for a meagre 50 cents. I sat there sipping and contemplating, surrounded by the gorgeous blue mosaic tiles that lined the houses and water feature in the middle of the square. It was quiet and I just watched the locals shuffle about their business. Honestly I could live here forever. It was a relaxed pace of life - no one rushing around, no one yelling or accosting you to buy their goods. Instead, everyone was asking how you were and smiling at you as you pass them. It was unlike any other place I visited in Morocco and it was a refreshing change from Fes or Marrakesh.

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Chefchaouen Medina square

My morning breakfast

Eventually, I went for another hike not too far from the mountains and along the city walls and made my way back to my new hotel, drifting straight away into sleep as it had been a long and hot day of walking and exploring. After a well-earned sleep, I could smell the unmistakable aroma of freshly-made bread which carried out of bed and upstairs to the balcony. Before my eyes was laid out a gorgeous breakfast of different types of bread, yogurt, honey, peanut sauce and marmalade. And who could forget the gorgeous mint tea! All this served on a panoramic balcony at the top of the hotel. This was utter paradise. Join me in my next post as I make the most of my last few days here and explore the Kasbah right in the middle of the city!



The view from the Dar Mounia rooftop terrace of the Riff Mountains


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Chefchaouen the Blue Pearl, Morocco


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Over the next few weeks I'll be trekking through Morocco and I'll be share with you my thoughts, feelings, tips and warnings about visiting each place along the way. Being a photographer, I will be doing this while sharing my photos with all of you too! I sincerely hope you all enjoy.

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This is a amazing photography, seeing a pictures it creates curiosity about the city.
The city with mountain surrounding looks amazing, the colors of the wall looks great.
Really nice captured.

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Thanks so much, mean a lot bud!

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You welcome.

Iv'e heard that morroco has the best hash in the world. I would like to come and smoke it :)

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Hash as in hash browns? Kappa

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hahaahah good reason to spend some bucks

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Spend some steem maybe? haha

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Its cheap too I hear ;)

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No comment haha, except for the fact that the Riff hash is particularly fantastic, not that I would know...

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It does... Not that I've tried it wink wink

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hahahaha... thats my first reason to go!!

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Me too definitely need to go there

The blueness is beautiful, reminds of that Greek island

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Yes, Santorini! Everyone's told me that. Need to head over there to compare... for science.

I can't believe I haven't followed you yet

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Me neither 😅😜

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@seetheworld.sgp you inspired me to write a poem, part of a series I am doing called simply Travel Poetry Series. Here is a sample of the poem. The rest is available right here: https://steemit.com/travel/@xylenroberts/travel-poetry-series-number-3-chefchauen-morroco-for-seetheworld-flying-bison-spraypainted-turquoise Enjoy!

you can't tell the sky from the streets here
and perhaps thats the way it should be
I wish that I could walk right into a cloud kingdom
while vibin' on some cloud rap, maybe some Clouddead
perhaps if I lie real still in this hotel room bed
I can astral project and become one with some bluebirds
or ride upon the backs of some flying bison spray painted turquoise

you can't tell the streams from the streets here
perhaps I'l take a drink from the water
I wonder if this town is proper haunted
the hydro stimulates a ghost dance at dawn
my ears detect the faint whispers of an old song
lost in the wind, fever flesh for the seagulls
zigzag triangles sloop down and looping when they fly
a blue monster with teeth that clench down
to gnash the mountains

to see more, click the poem. Thank you :)

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Wow incredible poem 😍 I'm a fan. I feel honoured to have created the inspiration for your poem 😅 definitely an alternative style of poem but hey why conform to the ordinary? Well done buddy.

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I like it :)

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I'm glad you do!

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i don't know if i could live here forever but it is an interesting place to read about :) and to look at the pictures of course!

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Agreed, though I think I could live here for a small while :) thanks for stopping by!

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:o not forever anymore? ;D

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Maybe slightly less than forever, if there's a term for that 😂 too much other cool places to see!

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These pics are beautiful

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Thanks bro!

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It looks like Santorini when you look at it from afar. I don't hear it more often in vlogs but may it will be added to our bucket list soon. Great post.

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Absolutely, everyone told me that too!

Wonderful photos. Beautiful blues!

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Thanks so much!

It is a beautiful photo. I feel happy to see all the pictures. I feel like in a fairy-tale. thanks to shairing

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Thanks so much. Glad you guys enjoyed :)

so now i know what is my next destination :) great photos, amazing colors 👍🍻

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Happy to have persuaded you!!

I would like to visit California

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This post is about Morocco, not the US...

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Maybe his autocorrect mistook Chefchaouen for California hahaha

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You said it all bro. And my phone's screen recently got bashed

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Umm me too, but different from Chefchaouen though!

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So beautiful, I love traveling also, visit my post, I am in Abu Dhabi, you can see also lots of nice places here

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Will do, I'll have a look. Thanks!

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Wow... That certainly is a wonderful place! I believe the beauty of Morocco is terribly underestimated....

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Absolutely agreed. I guess people think of Africa as just pure desert but there's so much!

Wow. Very pictures tells the beauty of the Chefchaouen.

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Cheers, that's what I like to hear!

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wow beautiful place to visit and you could be a good photographer

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Gorgeous! As always. What programme do you use?

beautiful location and your choice location is best you an search it..
I can follow u.@aryaan

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Thanks! Follow away :)

Stunning .. brilliant, super, great.
Travel is a lively col.lege, suitable for you
Well performed on the images .. for extra creativity

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It's really exciting to hear about Morocco, the photographs are really lively giving experience of that place. I hope I could visit at least once in my life time there. Thanks for sharing your realization with every one.

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Glad to have shared it with you.

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Wonderful pictures. Morocco is a surely a must visit destination

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It really is 😍

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So beautiful - Marocco has been on my mind for quite a long time. The richness of colours, the cosy and beautiful architecture, the textures, the food and all aromas.... I'm so jealous :) Hope to be there one day and take lots of photos! Thank you for sharing your journey.

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It was on my mind for a looong time too before I decided to take the plunge. Best decision I made this year! Hope you get to visit soon.

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Thanks so much!

Traveling to Morocco is a pure pleasure, it's not only cheap but there's a lot to see from different cultures to different places, the vibe there is crazy I love next to this beautiful country ( in Algeria ) and I honestly love it man! Good article as always 🙏🏼

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Appreciate your kind comments man! I met a lot of Algerians while out here and they said great things about your country too. The natural beauty is apparently out of this world. Need to find time to make my way to Algeria!

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Yes it's very beautiful here especially the desert here is just amazing! You should definitely visit!

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I think I will one day! How safe is Algiers as a base?

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Pretty safe almost same vibe as Tunisia, tourists are really loved here

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Ah brill! Okay will be looking at flights haha

one of the best place i ever traveled....

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Its gorgeous..

i told you last time i also want to visit cities and countries like you , i am happy for you bro , lot of option and opurtunities to explore , kepp up bro , atleast i can see the city through your camera

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Aww this is why I do what I do. Hopefully you can get to do it one day mate, and I'm glad that my photos are at least inspiring you to do it one day too.

Man, i really wanna be you right now....

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I'm sure there are equally nice places in Venezuela? :D

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Yeah, We have great thinks to... but the natural kind mostly... Europe, Asia and Africa have "the History".

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Very true, depends what you're into. I love nature waaay more than historical monuments etc for example!

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people always want what they dont have.... lets change places... hahaha

beautiful colors! I would like to see it with my own eyes:)))

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Hopefully one day you can!

Que lugar tan especial y las fotos muy buenas. Saludos

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Cheers bro! I mean, gracias.

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Please share the booking app ! I love reading your travel blogs 💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💓💓💓💓💓💓💓💓💓💓💓

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I shared my link already! At the bottom :) But I'll share it again next time once I book my next place. And thanks, your comments spurs me on to keep doing this, so thank you.

It's really a nice place. I too have posted for such places.check out at @prashant906

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Will do, thanks!

Woow, what an beautiful place ! I've been in Marocco too, but only in one city - Tetouan,

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Amazing. And how did you like Teouan?

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Medina is worth to visit, it's great place for the street photography.

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Absolutely!

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It's been a few years but Chefchaouen was one of my favourite places when I visited Morocco. Nice writing. Keep up the good work.

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Thanks so much.

it's my wish to visit Mocoro one day. I love to travel and I've heard a lot of inspiring stories about this City and its heritage.

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Well glad to have shared a little of the sceneries with you!

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yeah! thanks a lot, now I have a little bit more sense of places. it's super beautiful there...

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what about crime? is it safety there?

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Just stay aware of your surroundings. Can get a bit sketchy at night but stay aware and you'll be okay. As safe as you make it.

Wow! Nice pictures just like in the movie called “The Time in Between.”

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I've not heard this movie, will have a search! And thanks :)

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The Spanish title of it is “El Tiempo Entre Costuras.” Hopefully you’ll like it if you do find it and watch it. Thanks to you as well. Have a wonderful day. 🙂

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Felicitaciones, ya he visto el tercero de tus reportajes sobre marruecos y me fascinó!!!

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Last picture is very nice. Blue sky and blue houses and stairs. Well taken.
Steemians are right, a lot of people will visit Morocco after check your pictures and readind.
Good luck

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I sincerely hope they do, it's well deserved a visit.

I love your photos! Nice job!

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Thanks so much!

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It looks like another planet ... blue is the color, beautiful

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Yep it truly is stunning...

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wow~ very nice photo. I want to go there : )

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You so should!

I am loving Morocco already
Lovely photos

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Appreciate it! Glad you're liking it.

Morrco so beautiful place .. some places are so clorfull. Wow.

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It really is!

Amazing photography and amazing place..!!

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Thanks 😍

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Me encantan las fotos que tomaste en este viaje turístico y me gustaría obtener tu permiso para poder usar alguna para realizar de ella, una acuarela.
Gracias.

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Many thanks!

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- Chefchaouen the Blue Pearl, Chapter Three

More Explore Morroco, good decision View of Chefchaouen Medina square beautiful.
amazing photography, seeing a beautiful views of tourist places creates curiosity about the city
Again I mention in previous blog, Beautiful Captions like The view from the Dar Mounia rooftop terrace of the Riff Mountains.
Excellent Photography.

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Beautifully clicked 😙

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Chefchouaen is a true magic place.

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It really is!

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It really is!

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Imágenes espectaculares, su cultura y arquitectura es una mezcla milenaria y moderna, motiva a explorar y dar valor al turismo del medio Oriente

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sir pic so interested but my feling so sad

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Why are you sad?? Be happy!

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Really beautiful pictures. Wall and the housesare just amazing. Looking at the pictures makes me really anxious to visit the place . I was planning to visit but was a lil confused.

Ater looking at the pictures I am sure about this. Thanks to this post.

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Glad to hear my post convinced you, that makes me very happy to hear!

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Wow beautiful pictures. Amazing colors of wall . Its like living in the heaven to be at this kind of place. Really great picture taken .

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Thanks so much @lifetouch! :) it really is stunning.

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Beautiful colors. Looks like a place from fairytales. ^__^
Thank you for sharing!

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It really doesn't, doesn't it!? You're welcome, thanks for stopping by :)

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Cool pictures! I have never been to Marocco and I never considered to go there, but it looks pretty charming and reminds me a bit of Greece. Maybe I should stop there when sailing down to the Canaries ;-)


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You totally should! Sounds like you're having a crazy adventure yourself. Will keep tuned, safe travels bud!

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I really enjoyed this post everything about from the writing to every colorful picture excellent post

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Thanks so much 😊😅

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I'm originally from Morocco and Chefchaouen is one of the few places I haven't been yet.
I hope you are enjoying the country. It's a gem. People don't know until they visit.
Resteemed.

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Rich history and culture, great ppl, beautiful nature

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I really am loving your country. Chefchaouen is one of my faves so far, visit if you get the chance. Shukran friend!

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I will. It must be magical. My personal favourite at the moment is Essaouira, one of the "Game of Thrones" filming locations and Ouzoud.

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Hopefully you are gonna get the chance to visit them.

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Great photos man, thanks for digging these out!! Love the monkey one... Sadly I never got the chance to go to Ouzoud but looking at those photos I think I'm going to have the make the time... spectacular!

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Thanks.
Ouzoud is great, especially for you that you are into trekking. Now it's not the best time to visit anyway, loads of people in there. I went in May and it was fabulous, got an affordable small apartment. The locals were nice and it was so quiet and peaceful. Me and my brother done some trekking and met loads of monkeys and a wild boar. The scenery was mesmerising.
It's something that I'm planning to do again. Really enjoyed it.

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Lots of people even in this heat?? Crazy. But I guess its summer in most places. I'll have to try it in springtime then, but I can imagine it can get quite cold in the mountainous regions. Excellent, trekking is right up my street - might have to retrace the steps that you and your brother did!

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Yeah! My brother been the past year in august with his family and it was crowded. Even monkeys keep away. lol He still had a good time but nothing like in in May. Waterfalls in May were crystal clear but in August brown. lol
I don't really go to Morocco in the summer anymore. It's busy, prices skyrocket and it's too hot. I go either in December or late spring.

Yeah, we ventured around and then walked up to the sources of spring water, where water was extremely cold.
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I wrote my comment before I read yours, but in my comment I was indeed saying that the beauty of Morocco is greatly underestimated... I’d love to go there one day, and I will! ;-)

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I hope you do and all the best for when that happens!

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I really hope you get to visit. People don't really know much about the history of the place. Morocco I've been ruled by the Romans, French, Spanish, Jews, Arabs and Berbers. Making it culturally very diverse. This diversity is reflected through many aspects of Moroccan life; languages, clothing, cuisine and more.

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Thanks so much!! You're too kind ❤️

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Impresionante imágenes excelentes fotografías

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I can just imagine feeling like your walking in a different era of history on these city streets. Great set and write up.

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Yeah, it's a whole new time. Although saying that, I really felt like I was 200 years back in Fes!

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An interesting mountainous area, I think that I would not have refused to go there.

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Absolutely!

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Hermosas fotografías, felicidades!!!

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Wow, those colors and your story that accompanies the images are great

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Thanks so much! Appreciated :)

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buenas aqui mi visita,agradezco contar con su aporte,soy de venezuela y estamos sufriendo una crisis economica y social.saludos

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Thanks bud 😊

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I followed the publications of your trip and never got tired of seeing the magnificent images that the beautiful city offers for you. It has me captivated. Thank you for continuing to publish, continue to enjoy and make us enjoy.

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@laykenia That really means a lot, so glad you guys all enjoy the content and it really spurs me on to create more for you!

Awesome images cool wish to visit there soon

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I hope you get to visit soon too!

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I am always active steemian to live good post thanks

It is a very pretty town . one of the most beautiful and decorated cities of morocco with its houses painted in blue dominating the city we feel a zenitude and especially peace

It is a very pretty town . one of the most beautiful and decorated cities of morocco with its houses painted in blue dominating the city we feel a zenitude and especially peace

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Zenitude... Hmm I like that word a lot. And agreed, it's gorgeous.

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Amazing place! Its color combination is unique...