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Chefchaouen (also known as The Blue City) is a city in northwest Morocco. It is the chief town of the province of the same name, and is noted for its buildings in shades of blue. The city was founded in 1471, as a small fortress, which still exists to this day to fight the Portuguese invasions of northern Morocco.

While heading to our overnight desert excursion we were able to stop for camel ride tours.

The Hassan II Mosque (or Grande Mosquée Hassan II) is a mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. It is the largest mosque in Morocco and the 13th largest in the world.

Morocco gives such an authentic experience to travelers. The cuisine blends Mediterranean, Arabic, Andalusian, and most importantly, Berber cuisine making some of the best tajine and couscous you will ever taste. Shopping in the medina’s is one of the most interesting things I saw. The cost for everything is always up for negotiation and you learn quickly to NEVER take the first offer given to you. You can always talk down to a fair/reasonable price or move along to another shop that will give you a better deal. You can ask local people what they would pay for an item to compare what a store owner may say the price is.

Visiting the tanneries was my favorite part of the trip. Known for its leather goods, Marrakech is home to a few tanneries where local families have been employed for generations. In fact, the tanneries have existed since the medina was founded over a thousand years ago. For visitors, the experience is often a sensory overload — smell, colors, and sight — as they watch the men at work using pre-Industrial age techniques. We were given mint leaves to help mask the smell of the process.

After visiting Marrakech, Casablanca, Fez, Tangier, and Chefchaouen I have to say Morocco should definitely be on everyone’s “must see” list.

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