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Chefchaouen – The Blue City

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It has been recommended time and time again, and it seems like no visit to Morocco is complete without a visit to the beautiful blue city of Chefchaouen. The city is in the Rif Mountains, which are the “little” mountains near the Northern coast.

Chefchaouen perched in the Rif Mountains

Chefchaouen perched in the Rif Mountains

The campsite above Chefchaouen

The campsite above Chefchaouen

Camping is above town in a great campsite, where I leave the Jeep and wander down a stone staircase into the centre of town. I’m immediately inundated with the sights, sounds and smells of the bustling market. From fresh fish, spices and vegetables to clothes, rugs and leather goods, it seems this market has everything a person could desire. If not, I’m pretty sure it would appear if requested.

Fruit and veg at the market

Fruit and veg at the market

This place is seriously old

This place is seriously old

More vegetables

More vegetables

oooohhh, spcies!

oooohhh, spcies!

I spend hours wondering the market and the beautiful blue city, soaking it all in. Different people tell different stories about why it’s all painted blue – some say it’s to reduce mosquitos, some say it keeps the concrete city cooler and some say scorpions don’t like the blue. Whatever the reason, it makes the city extremely photogenic and a great place to spend time.

Everything is blue

Everything is blue

Everything is photogenic

Everything is photogenic

Even the stairs are blue

Even the stairs are blue

Of course I’m talked into buying a berber carpet made from camel hair “on sale” and of course I try a Chicken Tagine – a kind of slow-cooked crock-pot chicken and vegetables with something like 40 different species. Amazing.

Making a berber carpet

Making a berber carpet

Hand woven beber carpets

Hand woven beber carpets

The attention to detail in the carpets is shocking

The attention to detail in the carpets is shocking

-Dan

10 Responses

  1. That’s a great shot of the blue city from the mountains. Did you get any interesting food at the market?

  2. John says:

    I think you meant spice.

    How is the jeep holding up

  3. CJ Kovic says:

    I read about your trip a couple months ago on imgur. I’m thrilled for you to be completing your dream of driving around Africa. My friends, Herman and Cande Zapp just completed about 2 years in Africa as part of living a 12 year journey that started in Argentina. Bon Voyage, fellow traveler. Fare well.

  4. Joseph says:

    What an amazing inspirational dream!!
    Can’t wait to shake hands when you pass by the source of the Nile in Uganda

  5. Akinsola says:

    I got here from a businessinsider.com post about your Jeep and your traveladventure across Africa, I am inspired by adventure of people like you and I wish you divine security as you journey through my Africa.

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