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Holistic Culture: Berber Remedies In Morocco

Holistic Culture: Berber Remedies In Morocco When visiting Morocco, you have the opportunity to learn about ancient remedies and Berber apothecary by visiting a Berber pharmacy. The indigenous Berber people have been honing their herbal healing methods for centuries and even though modern medicine is widely available,...

Marriage Traditions Of Morocco's Berber Tribes

Every fall the indigenous Berber people of northern Morocco gather in the mountain village of Imilchil, about four hours from Fez, for the traditional Imilchil Marriage Festival. While the dates shift based on the lunar calendar, the three-day event will take place this...

Beneath The Almond Tree: A Moroccan Memory

Beneath The Almond Tree: A Moroccan Memory "A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees." – Amelia Earhart Roses aren't supposed to let you down. Neither are rose festivals, one of which had drawn my friend Liz and me to Morocco's...

First Gay Cruise To Visit Casablanca Turned Away

First Gay Cruise To Visit Casablanca Turned Away Currently sailing on what was promoted as "the first gay cruise to visit Casablanca," gay and lesbian passengers on a chartered cruise were turned away by Moroccan authorities over the weekend. The Problem? Morocco's Islamic religion and the laws of the North African...

Photo Of The Day: Chefchaouen Street

Photo Of The Day: Chefchaouen Street In this narrow blue-hued alleyway in the Moroccan town of Chefchaouen, a woman rests. Flickr user Mark Fischer captured this quiet, everyday moment during a recent visit to the town, a former fortress whose blue buildings, distinct architecture and proximity to Tangiers...

Video: Highlining Across Morocco's Todra Gorge

Far inland from the heavily toured bazaars of Marrakech and Essaouira lies a part of Morocco that many travelers know little about. The Todra Gorge, located in the remote High Atlas Mountains, is a sort of mini Moroccan Grand Canyon with 1,000-foot rock walls that have...

How To Have Good Luck Around The World

How To Have Good Luck Around The World Do you carry a lucky penny or have a rabbit's foot attached to your key chain? For some new ideas on how to keep your luck running high, here are good luck rituals from around the world. Bury A Llama Fetus In Bolivia Walking around the Witches' Market in La Paz,...

Holistic Healing Practices From Around The World

Holistic Healing Practices From Around The World Nowadays, it seems like there's a pill or shot to cure every illness. But do we really know how safe these unnatural remedies are? Throughout my travels and by talking with locals from other cultures, I've learned there are many natural treatments that are also effective in...

A Sensory Journey Through Morocco, Africa

A Sensory Journey Through Morocco, Africa Morocco is a country in northern Africa that features unique sights and experiences for all travel styles. When I visited, I was amazed at how much there was to explore – the lively sounds of the markets, the tastes of flavorful spices, the feel of gentle hands during...

New Experiential Moroccan Hotel Brings Chic Luxury To Traditional Berber Style

New Experiential Moroccan Hotel Brings Chic Luxury To Traditional Berber Style In Morocco, the indigenous people are Berbers, and their traditional architecture uses rammed Earth and wood. Aside from in big cities, the Berber-style is plentiful across the country. While this rooted design may be popular, however, the country has never seen it done in a...

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: Meet An Intrepid Diplomat

A Traveler In The Foreign Service: Meet An Intrepid Diplomat In our ongoing attempt to demystify the Foreign Service, we're going to occasionally introduce you to diplomats living in various parts of the world. Amy Tachco is a 36-year-old Foreign Service Officer (FSO) originally from Southern California and Central Ohio who joined the...

Galeries Lafayette in Morocco receives first Guinness World Record for largest in-store shop facade

Galeries Lafayette in Morocco receives first Guinness World Record for largest in-store shop facade The Galeries Lafayette, a department store in Casablanca, Morocco, has received an award from the Guinness Book of World Records for having "the largest in-store shop façade". The façade has a combined area of 36,402.68 square feet (about 46 feet high and...

Holiday gifts for food (and drink)-loving travelers

Holiday gifts for food (and drink)-loving travelers Holiday shopping is easy if the people on your list like to eat and/or imbibe. If they're into travel--be it armchair or the real deal--the options are endless This year, think beyond the predictable bottle of wine or pricey "artisan" cookies and give reusable, portable,...

Photo of the day - Fez cafe

Photo of the day - Fez cafe This black and white image of breakfast at a cafe in Fez was snapped by Flickr user clee130. For anyone who has spent time in Morocco, this is a familiar scene: an outdoor cafe full of men conversing together over slowly savored drinks or nibbles. Ourika, the cafe's...

10 unique modes of transportation around the world

10 unique modes of transportation around the world Cars, trains, buses, and planes aren't the only way to get around a country. From the Bamboo Train in Cambodia to the Rail Cart in the the Philippines to the Couch Bike in Canada, here are ten unique modes of transportation from around the world. Chicken Bus Guatemala,...

Photo of the day - Bored in Morocco

Photo of the day - Bored in Morocco Some say if you're bored, then you're boring (it's even a lyric in the '90s favorite song Flagpole Sitta). It's something older people say to shame you when you're being a sullen teenager. But I'd argue there are certainly legitimately boring experiences, even while...

Adventure travel show Expedition Impossible begins tomorrow

Adventure travel show Expedition Impossible begins tomorrow Fans of reality television and adventure travel shows will want to set their DVR's for tomorrow night's premiere of ABC's Expedition Impossible, the latest creation from Mark Burnett, the man who brought us Survivor. The show looks to be a combination of The Amazing Race and...

Reality television show Expedition Impossible debuts in June

Reality television show Expedition Impossible debuts in June A new reality television show entitled Expedition Impossible is set to make its debut on ABC this June, pitting 13 teams of three against one another in what looks to be an adrenaline fueled competition through remote regions of Morocco. The show, which seems to combine...

Where Would You Travel for a Meal?

Where Would You Travel for a Meal? Just what motivates us to travel? What exactly inspires us to get on a plane and, thousands of miles later, blurry eyed and sleep deprived, to step into a place that was hitherto unknown to us? I'd be willing to guess that for an increasingly large amount of leisure...

Useful foreign phrases, Part 2: how to say, "Can you write this down for me?" in 10 languages

Useful foreign phrases, Part 2: how to say, A post written by Chris on Tuesday reminded me of this little language series I started in March. In "Ten things Ugly Americans need to know before visiting a foreign land," Chris recommended brushing up on the local language. He joked about dashing around Venice clutching...

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