Category Archives: Cross-Continent Travel

The draw

Many visitors are drawn to the souks of Marrakech for a thrilling shopping experience. Rugs, brass trays, jewelry, spices, wooden boxes, leather goods and lots more pack tiny shops along winding narrow lanes. Customers bargain to get the best price … Continue reading

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We almost missed a great site

Who wants to visit an abandoned school? Ben Youssef Medersa never made it onto our list of “places to visit” in Marrakech. However, when we visited the Museum of Marrakech we had the option to pay a nominal amount to add … Continue reading

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Yves Saint Laurent’s garden

When we first planned a visit to Marrakech, we certainly hadn’t expected to spend a day at a cactus garden owned by Yves Saint Laurent, the French courtier. Our friends, John and Angela, agreed to walk with us from our … Continue reading

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Seeking tranquility in Marrakech

We read about riads – traditional large houses with an interior garden – and knew we wanted to stay in one while in Marrakech. We also wanted to stay in the Old City (the Medina), preferably near the souks (the … Continue reading

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An emergency on the mountain

We started hiking with John and Angela many, many years ago. For our first trip to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, we decided to hire a guide for three days of hiking. After all, we knew little about these mountains and … Continue reading

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Can you guess where we are?

We came with our friends, Angela and John, for a hiking holiday in the mountains. We were woefully ignorant of this area of the world – even though we discovered from a driver that many movies have been filmed here. … Continue reading

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Money, good taste, and an eye for great art

One hundred years ago, Helene Kröller-Müller had money (lots and lots of money), very good taste, and acquired art because she loved it, not as an investment. If this sounds familiar, we just read the obituary of Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, … Continue reading

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Grab some wheels and get out of town

What better way to see the countryside and enjoy the best transportation system in The Netherlands? We borrowed Cat and René’s bikes (what good friends!) and cycled down their lane to the bike path along the canal. With a quick … Continue reading

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Will threatening skies stop us?

Rain poured down through the night. Our Sunday outing would have to be cancelled if this weather continued. By morning the rain had stopped, but grey clouds overwhelmed the little patches of blue almost hidden in the sky. We decided … Continue reading

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An erratic turn north

No question about it. We were avoiding northern Europe – but not because we don’t love it. Oh, we do, we do. We’d been traveling in southern Europe and Africa for the last three months. The expense of too many … Continue reading

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