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The Dry Side of Morocco

So much of Morocco reminds me of Andalucia. The heat, the orange-red earth, the metal lanterns, intricate tiles, fountains, archways and other remnants of the medieval Moorish culture that stretched from Marrakech to Madrid all those years ago.

Both, too, wear a mixture of myth and mystery.

One myth that they share regards the weather. Pictures of dust, desert and desolation filled the imagination vaults of my stereotype collection before I’d actually turned up to visit either place.

Yet when I did, nature had a chuckle at my expense.

Sure, she says, most of the land lies dry and drenched in dust. But just look what I can do here the moment you give me a chance.

Yellow flower in Morocco

Morocco flowers

Pink rose in HIppocampe Hotel Morocco

Happy Photo Friday everyone

Disclosure: these flowers come from the garden of the Hippocampe Hotel in Oualidia, which overlooks a stunning saltwater lagoon. Lawrence of Morocco invited me to visit the place but as usual, all ramblings and opinions are my own.

Which photo is your favourite?

3 Responses to The Dry Side of Morocco

  1. Christine Osborne August 22, 2012 at 12:04 am #

    The Hippocampe and Oualdia, one of my best memories of Morocco. But I was sorry to read a recent article in a UK paper calling Oualidia “the new St Tropez”. When I last visited, flamingoes outnumbered visitors…and if that sounds like the 1920s, it was not so long ago…
    Thanks.

    • Abi King March 30, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

      It didn’t seem as congested as St Tropez to me. Popular with locals, yes, but there weren’t many foreigners about…Perhaps it’s because I went off-season?

  2. Christine Osborne March 30, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    The comparison with St Tropez was rubbish. But like everywhere else, Oualidia has changed.
    Everywhere it seems, except the far south. I recently visited Tata and life there continues much the same. Especially in the ancient villages. My new book will have a chapter on Morocco, then and now.

    Travels with My Hat. Publication late 2013.

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