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Territorial Disputes Over Tourist Attractions

Territorial Disputes Over Tourist Attractions Jul 29th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Gibnews.net, Wikimedia Commons Spain is being accused of intentionally holding tourists in long lines as they make their way back from day tripping in Gibraltar. The British Overseas Territory claims the traffic jam -- which has so far affected more than 10,000 vehicles -- has been deliberately orchestrated because of a disagreement over a creation of an artificial reef in territorial waters. Of...

Photo of the Day: Mountains of Morocco

Photo of the Day: Mountains of Morocco Jul 25th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Imgur Taken from a gite in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco -- what a view! We'd love to feature your photos and videos on Gadling, so please add them to our Flickr Pool (with Creative Commons licensing!), tag @GadlingTravel on Instagram or email us at OfTheDay@gadling.com....

Tangier, Morocco: Stop And Stay A While

Tangier, Morocco: Stop And Stay A While Jul 15th, 2013 at 11:20AM: Almudena Alonso-Herrero Every now and then in my travels I find a spot where I want to stop for a while. Damascus, Harar and the Orkney Islands have all captured my imagination because of their rich culture and laid back atmosphere. Damascus is lost, sucked into the maelstrom of a country intent on destroying itself. Harar and Orkney are far away. So I'm lucky to have discovered Tangier,...

Game of Thrones Tours Launch In Europe

Game of Thrones Tours Launch In Europe May 21st, 2013 at 4:00PM: horslips5, Flickr Game of Thrones fans can now visit familiar filming locations on new walking tours around Belfast, Northern Ireland and Dubrovnik, Croatia. Here all all the details for you Game of Thrones fans out there, courtesy of tour company Viator: In Belfast, a 9-hour private tour takes visitors along the Causeway Coastal Route, which should be instantly recognizable to any fans of...

Travel All The Time With Jobs Like These

Travel All The Time With Jobs Like These Apr 15th, 2013 at 5:00PM: Those who travel all the time can go to far away places as routinely as others might go to buy groceries. They have somehow managed to be employed in an occupation that requires travel as part of what they do. Commonly, we might think of sales people who hit the road to get face time with regular or prospective customers, and many do. People with the word "travel," or something like it, in their...

Photo Of The Day: The Bubble Man

Photo Of The Day: The Bubble Man Apr 13th, 2013 at 5:00PM: This Photo of the Day, titled "The Bubble Man," comes from Gadling Flickr pool member thetravelingteacher and was captured using a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi. Captioning the image, thetravelingteacher (AKA Lauren Irons) says, "Found this guy in Taman Fatahillah, Jakarta, surrounded by local school children. He has an epic talent for making bubbles!" This photo is one of 20 images in...

Spotted In Tangier: Sting And Bruce Springsteen Going Native

Spotted In Tangier: Sting And Bruce Springsteen Going Native Mar 22nd, 2013 at 12:30PM: This photo pretty much speaks for itself. I came across this interesting snapshot in a shop in Tangier, Morocco. Sting and Bruce Springsteen got to this shop before me and stopped for a photo with the owner. I like what this image says about the three people. The owner is obviously pleased to have two music superstars in his shop, Sting is being his usual overly serious self and Bruce looks...

Video Of The Day: The Maghreb In Motion

Mar 18th, 2013 at 6:00PM: "Morocco is a country that awakens in the photographer a desire for adventure," writes Spanish filmmaker Enrique Pacheco in his introduction to this short film. The title of the film, "The Maghreb," is a reference to the region of Northwest Africa that is highly influenced by the Middle East. Pancheco, who has been working in video production for more than 10 years, also noted his trip to the...

Survey Ranks 'World's Most Unfriendliest' Countries

Survey Ranks 'World's Most Unfriendliest' Countries Mar 15th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Have you ever been to a country that just seems to give tourists the cold shoulder? Now, there are some figures behind those unwelcome feelings; the World Economic Forum has put together a report that ranks countries based on how friendly they are to tourists. The extensive analyses ranks 140 countries according to attractiveness and competitiveness in the travel and tourism industries....

Ibn Battuta: The Greatest Adventure Traveler Of All Time

Ibn Battuta: The Greatest Adventure Traveler Of All Time Jan 19th, 2013 at 9:00AM: This humble little building in a back alley of Tangier is the final resting place of the greatest traveler in history. Ibn Battuta was born in Tangier in 1304. In 1325 he left to go on the Hajj and ended up visiting not only Mecca, but crisscrossing much of the Middle East and sailing far down the east coast of Africa. Then he headed east, passing through central and Southern Asia and making...

The Anatomy Of A Perfect Hotel (In Tangier)

The Anatomy Of A Perfect Hotel (In Tangier) Jan 11th, 2013 at 12:00PM: A hotel can make or break your vacation. We've all heard stories about crappy dives ruining someone's trip. Hey, we've written about plenty of them here on Gadling. But every once in a while we come across a hotel that exceeds our expectations. Hoteliers, take note. This is how to do it right. While fleeing the Spanish Christmas to Tangier, we took a relative's recommendation and booked a...

St. Andrew's In Tangier: A Church With Muslim Art

St. Andrew's In Tangier: A Church With Muslim Art Jan 11th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Being in Morocco, Tangier is a mostly Muslim city. Being a port, it's also a mixed city with a long history of Christian and Jewish influence. That interesting blend comes out in the language, music, art and cooking. You can see Tangier's mix of cultures everywhere. Even in the churches. The Church of St. Andrew is an Anglican congregation close to the Place du Grand Socco. The first thing...

The Allure Of Ancient Tangier

The Allure Of Ancient Tangier Jan 10th, 2013 at 12:00PM: The whole Mediterranean rim has a rich history. The Minoans, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and many others explored and settled these rocky coasts and islands. Tangier, just outside the Strait of Gibraltar and looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean, was considered the furthest point west by many civilizations. To the north, ancient travelers could see the Iberian Peninsula. South lay the coast of...

The American Legation In Tangier

The American Legation In Tangier Jan 9th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Tangier has some beautiful old buildings. Being inward-looking in the Moorish style, they don't generally seem like much from the outside. Once you enter, though, you'll find soothing tiled courtyards with bubbling fountains; elaborate latticework windows; and bright, open rooms. The American Legation in Tangier is one of the most accessible of these buildings and has the distinction of being...

Tangier's Art And Cafe Scene

Tangier's Art And Cafe Scene Jan 7th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Tangier in Morocco is an interesting blend of European, African, and Middle Eastern culture. This has made it a longtime meeting ground and inspiration for artists and writers. The city is best known in the West as the residence of many of the Beat Generation writers. William S. Burroughs wrote "Naked Lunch" here and Tangier's International Zone inspired his Interzone, a setting that appears...

Escaping Christmas In Tangier

Escaping Christmas In Tangier Jan 5th, 2013 at 11:00AM: The Christmas holiday in Spain is a classic case of too much of a good thing. Stretching from before Christmas to after Epiphany, it's a long haul of eating, drinking, socializing and getting nothing done. I have no problem with that except it goes on for way too long. My Spanish wife agrees, so we decided to escape for five days, a sort of holiday from the holidays. She wanted to go to...

Tim Leffel On The World's 21 Cheapest Countries

Tim Leffel On The World's 21 Cheapest Countries Dec 12th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Tim Leffel's mission is to help skinflints like me find travel destinations they can afford. He traveled around the world on a shoestring with his wife three times and decided to write a book about the world's cheapest countries after realizing that there was no single resource out there for travelers looking for bargain destinations. The fourth edition of his book, "The World's Cheapest...

Marriage Traditions Of Morocco's Berber Tribes

Sep 14th, 2012 at 2:00PM: 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 year September 23 to 25. At the Imilchil Marriage Festival, youths from different tribes get the opportunity to meet...

Beneath The Almond Tree: A Moroccan Memory

Beneath The Almond Tree: A Moroccan Memory Sep 5th, 2012 at 10:00AM: "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 Valley of Roses this May. There wasn't much written online about the festival, but what the guidebooks and websites lacked in...

Photo Of The Day: Chefchaouen Street

Photo Of The Day: Chefchaouen Street Jun 19th, 2012 at 6:30PM: 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 make it a popular tourist destination. Does your favorite travel portrait belong here? Upload your travel shots to the...

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