Instagram Postcards from Morocco

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Alleys of Chefchaouen

Traveling to Morocco was always a dream of mine. The traditional yet forward-thinking spirit of its inhabitants and the varied, changing landscapes have always been the object of my fascination, and it wasn’t until I actually set foot there that I truly understood what makes Morocco so special.

My trip hasn’t gone without a few bumps –I mean that figuratively and literally, some of the roads we traveled on were less than smooth!– but truly getting out of my comfort zone was a memorable experience to say the least. I was confronted with a different language, an entirely different religious history and an even more challenging behavior, being a very-much Nordic-looking woman.

But most of all, I discovered amazing places that will forever be engraved in my memory.

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Chefchaouen

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The view of Chefchaouen from Riad Dar Echchaouen

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Just one of the many ornate doors in Chefchaouen

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One of my most liked Instagram photos ever – the Chefchaouen Medina

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Because not everything is blue in Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen was without a doubt one of the most picturesque villages I have ever been lucky enough to visit. It seemed as though every corner, every door was just begging to be photographed, and it only felt natural to indulge. The Blue City of the North is a charming one indeed, with its Spanish-looking city centre and its cobalt, cyan and turquoise detailing.

In fact, I found Chefchaouen’s relaxed pace and quaint setting far more enjoyable than the maze of both Marrakesh and Fes’ medinas.

Big Cities: Marrakesh and Fes

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Souvenirs of Marrakesh at the Jemaa el-Fnaa Square

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The strikingly colourful Jardin de Majorelle in Marrakech, which used to belong to Yves Saint-Laurent

Even months after my trip, I still can’t say that I am the biggest fan of Fes and Marrakesh, two of Morocco’s biggest city (see how I haven’t mentioned Casablanca, which I absolutely hated?). I’m a very urban person, and yet I much preferred Morocco’s countryside, the tranquility of the wide open spaces and the feeling of safety. I didn’t feel 100% safe in the city, which certainly didn’t help brighten the mental picture I had.

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One of my favorite things to do while in Morocco – sip mint tea!

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Shopping in the famous Fes pottery factories.

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Al-Attarine Madrasa in Fes

If I had to pick one, however, Fes would be my favorite city. From the magnificent vistas of Borj Sud observatory to the call to prayer from Palais Sofitel Jamaï, it had a certain quaintness that I felt other cities lacked. Not to mention the opulent Royal Palace!

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One of the many fountain in Fes’ medina.

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Kittens everywhere in Fes. And Morocco, in fact.

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See exhibit #1 above.

Sahara Desert

If one is going on a bucket list quest, one is going to watch the sun set in the Sahara desert, and one is going to do so surrounded by camels and Bedouins. That, people, is how you visit the Sahara.

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Watching the sun set in the Sahara

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In good company!

Dades Gorge - Ait Benhaddou

The penultimate leg of my journey brought our group to south-western Morocco, the narrow valleys of the Dades Gorge and the glitz and glamour of Morocco’s very own Hollywood and 11th century stronghold, Ait Benhaddou. Would I be terribly shallow if I said I felt like I was on the set of Aladdin?

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Ouarzazate, the Hollywood of Morocco

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More shopping in Ouarzazate

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The view from Xaluca Dades in Morocco

What is your favorite photo of Morocco? What city are you most drawn to?

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18 Comments Instagram Postcards from Morocco

  1. Julie K.

    Chefchaouen is on top of my bucket list! It´s one of the most picturesque towns I´ve ever seen. All the pictures of it I´ve come across have such a beautiful color palette and so much pattern..not to mention they emanate a sense of peacefulness..isolated from all the hustle and bustle of today´s society.

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  2. Aubrey

    These are gorgeous images, Chefchaouen especially looks absolutely beautiful, is it easy to reach? I’d love to visit Morocco, but it is definitely more than a little intimidating to me as I mostly travel alone. Still, though, on my bucket list!

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  3. Justin James

    Great pics of Morocco! We are visiting next month. Just could not decide whether to go to Marrakesh or Fez because we only have 1 day there for a day trip from Casablanca. Anyway, hope to get half as many great pictures as you did when we get there. Thanks for sharing these!

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  4. Anna from The Blonde Banana

    Beautiful Instagram photos! Do you use a certain app to edit them? My photography skills are horrid. Anyways I’m so mad at myself that I’ve been to Morocco twice and never seen Chefchaouen. I am dying to go… guess I’ll need to plan a 3rd trip?

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  5. Selina

    These really are stunning pics – the colors are just awesome! As a fellow travel bug and crazy cat lady, I look forward to reading more of your blog!

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  6. Zora Gustin

    What a pictures, Marie!
    Reading this blog reminded me about our visit of Morocco. It is a country I love most since then! As you wrote, it has magnificent landscape, people are amazing. It is a mixture of cultures on every step. I also didn’t like Casablanca at all! But was amazed when staying in Fes, the medina is something to experience! Its 7000 aleys without a name ;) can not imagine beeing a postman there!
    I was charmed by Majorelle gardens in Marakesh, will go there again for sure!
    And Erfoud is great to visit a desert and admire a sunset there.
    Thanks for blogging, Marie! Keep going!!!!

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