the blue city in the mountains

Chefchaouen Travel Blog

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Chechaouen is nestled in amongst the Stunning Rif mountains.

Friday morning breakfast in Fes...more bread and jam!!! At least the coffee and orange juice is always good.

Travelled to the ancient roman ruins of Volibilis near Meknes. Was good weather for following Mustafa around the site and hearing his tour info blurb.It would be very hot in summer and pretty uncomfortable as not much shadeed area anywhere.  Volibilis used to be a VERY important Roman city for the olive oil production...appparently they supplied huge amounts to Rome. I'm pretty sure a lot of the site has been rebuilt as it was devasted by huge earthquake in late 1700's...and you can see a lot of the modern brickwork but nonetheless a lovely place to visit...and a good picture of an ancient roman city is built up as you walk around through the  "factories, shops and villas".

A moment captured.
Some EXCELLENT mosaic floors still in good condition...they were so precise in the detail of the work. 

Stopped for a nice view of city of Moulay Ifriss ..Tourists not encouraged here...or even allowed?!?

I slept a lot on the bus today so missed some of the scenery.  As we got closer to the Rif mountains there was heaps of farms and agriculture, heaps of cactus along the roadside...Used as fences I think. Lunch consisted of a pasta, moroccan salad,cous-cous,and chicken. (not very impressed by the cous-cous)Desert was the local speciality of priclky pear fruit (cleaned of spikes of course!) and honeydew melon. A very nice change to Tagine!!!

Impressed by Chefchaouen.

The main square. The restaurant walk!
..a lovely town nestled in the Rif Mtns.... Clean and well kept. Teed up for tourism so easy place to be. Hotel Chellah, Another very nice hotel situated right on the main square of the medina. We had "free" time here and it was nice to wander the winding alleys into the souks with a couple of the girls...testing out some prices on beads,fossils,carved stone minarets, and even T-shirts!. The sellers seem much more laid back when you ask prices...not nesessary to enter into the Big Haggle. The main square has plenty of restaurants all lined up in a row, and competing for customers so we settled on a set price meal of moroccan salad, pizza and flan for 45 MAD included mint tea.

Saturday 27th Morning in Cheffie

One of the best variety  breakfasts of our trip so far.

Anna, Kate, Bronwyn, Me, Mustafa, Debra, Helen.....in a blue alley.
...boiled egg, toasted baguettes, cake, corn meal muffin, naan bread, apricot jam, coffee and juice. (not the fresh squeezed juice unfortunately).

6 of us "flamin' sheilas" followed "the good bloke" Mustafa ( can you believe we taught Mustafa to say "Flamin' Shielas"!!!! I mean I NEVER say it in Australia!!! but it bacame a cute little catch cry during our trip...as was "Yalla, Yalla" (Moroccan for Hurry up...or Lets get going!?!) - on a guided walk through the old town. This was a wonderful relaxing experience as we meandered around the quiet streets and alleys between 9 and 10. with delightful photo opportunities at every corner. Gnarled ancient olive trees, blue, blue. blue walls, steps and buildings and cemetary, trickling brook, communal washing areas,  cobbled narrow alleys, pussycats basking in gorgeous blue doorways,.

............... .............................Oh the doorways of Morocco...have to be seen to be believed...so many different blues and other colours, so many different door handles and knockers, so many different arches, so many differents sizes, numbers, lintels etc etc. ..........................................................

Left Cheffie after a relaxed lunch in the sqare of chicken sandwich and chips....and some purchases!?! I bought 2 stone minarets for 100 MAD and 1 stone camel for 30 MAD ( about $20 AUD all up). Heavier but less breakable and they did fit in my baggage which was filling up at an alarming rate.

 

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Chechaouen is nestled in amongst t…
Chechaouen is nestled in amongst …
A moment captured.
A moment captured.
The main square. The restaurant wa…
The main square. The restaurant w…
Anna, Kate, Bronwyn, Me, Mustafa, …
Anna, Kate, Bronwyn, Me, Mustafa,…
Very fancy door
Very fancy door
Locals enjoying the morning air
Locals enjoying the morning air
Even the headstones are painted bl…
Even the headstones are painted b…
Blue door knocker detail.
Blue door knocker detail.
Almost feels like you are underwat…
Almost feels like you are underwa…
Love those donkeys...they are ever…
Love those donkeys...they are eve…
Woodpile at the back of a local me…
Woodpile at the back of a local m…
Another perfect colour photo.
Another "perfect colour" photo.
Art photo
Art photo
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