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I had already visited Morocco on two other occasions and Tetouan had never appeared in any of these tours.  It is not that is not listed in the travel guides, but too often is described as “city of pass” or as a “city to avoid” for travelers for the insecurity. However, in this time I must say I was quite curious and with high expectations for the visit to the city of Tetouan. It seemed to be the hub of a largely...

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Located 64 km from Tetouan, 100 km from Ceuta and 120 km from Tangier the beautiful city of Chefchaouen in the region of Gomara western Rif sits at the foot of the mountains Jebel Tisouka and Jebel  Megou, about 2000 m high. The toponym of the city means “looking at the horns” in reference to these two towering peaks that dominate it. Chefchaouen, Chefchaouen or Xaouen, is one of the most photogenic and most pleasant...

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Istanbul never cease to amaze me. In a city of nearly fifteen million inhabitants it’ll almost always be surrounded by the crowd, the noise, the activity, however, and often as I could see, you can feel like you’re alone in the world. In the popular Tahtakale market the feeling is more or less being a canned sardine, in fact if you are unsure where to go it is best to step aside or get into a store or you might ben...

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The Majorelle Gardens in the imperial city of Marrakech is one of the most enjoyable tours that can be done in the red city. Especially if you have already been immersed in its chaos for some days, wandering every nooks and crannies and the labyrinthine alleys of the Medina, visiting souks or immersed into the crowds. It is ideal for slow down the pace, find calm and recharge our energy. The gardens are located in one of the most...

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Osman Hamdi Bey (1842-1910) was an influent and unique character that left his mark on ottoman culture, science and art. Very multifaceted person, although his academic training was in the field of law, never lost sight of his interest in art in general and particularly in painting and archeology. Thanks to the pioneering work of Osman Hamdi Bey in the field of cultural institutions Turkey was endowed with a large Archaeological...

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According to the eco-religion founded in the fifteenth century by a farmer in the region of the Thar desert in Rajasthan, known as Guru Jambheshwar, “to lose one’s head is better than losing a tree” The guru Jambheswar was born over 560 years ago in the same year in which the seaman and explorer Christopher Columbus was born. Unlike Columbus, who after numerous circumstances stumbling over an unknown land that would...

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I already talked in a previous post about the  Sahaflar Çarsisi or antique books Istanbul market but I feel like digging a little deeper into this curious spot in town because a few days ago I went back to visit it. Nestled around a small courtyard which is accessed either from the Beyazit Square or from one of the main streets outside the Grand Bazaar beside the Sedefçiler gate it is undoubtedly the place where book lovers can enjoy...

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Walking along the Divanyolu Cadessi street in the old town of Istanbul, towards the Great Bazaar we will observe that there are several enclosures attached to mosques or ancient buildings that are Ottoman cemeteries with its curious tombstones engraved and crowned by different types of turbans and hats all surrounded by the vegetation. It can look like slightly macabre saying it like that but the certain thing is that in Istanbul,...

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