Essaouira – Impossible to Forget

“… A warm, strong breeze blew in from the Atlantic, blowing away the last vestiges of fog that clung to the fortified city walls… The call to prayer rang out across the harbour swallowing the cries of seabirds and shouts of fishermen as they unloaded the days catch. The breakwater was being pounded by heavy…

Magical Marrakech

The drums beat and trumpets bleat amid the smoke and hustle of the Djma El-Fna. Beneath the minarets and palms and myriad of mismatched flat roofs and satellite dishes, snake charmers, story tellers, fire breathers and medicine men are gathering crowds around them as they go through their routines. The smells of spices and meat…

Sahara – Desert of Dreams or Nightmares?

As far as the eye can see the lone and level sands stretch to infinity. A desolate landscape; the ghost of a great ocean floor, turned tropical savannah; now just reduced to rock and dust… The sun has been up for barely an hour and already it’s punishing glare has brought the temperature well in…

Atlas Nights

A low harmonic voice begins reverberating around the valley, soon joined in unison by others; echoing off the mountain sides, a dozen mosques call their followers to prayer and the Imlil valley is temporarily brought to life. The first time we experienced this we were sat out on the roof terrace of Dar Adrar dining on a…