Assilah, An Arty City by The Sea

Assilah is on Morocco’s Atlantic coast north of Rabat. It has an arty vibe and holds an important annual arts and cultural festival in its medina. Originally settled by the Phoenicians, Assilah was an important Arabic city that was later conquered by Portugal. In the 18th and 19th centuries it was a pirate stronghold. From 1912-1956, it was part of Spanish Morocco.

15th century walls built by the Portuguese surround the 12th century medina.

Looking out from the promenade along the ocean with Portuguese battlements along the beach

Sculpture from the cultural festival

White-washed buildings with touches of green or blue, typical Andalusian style in Morocco

Privacy windows in t b e narrow streets of the medina so woman could chat

Mural from festival

The coast line of the now trendy location.

Section of a mural

An all seafood lunch. I really don’t like my food to stare at me.

In the market

School sign in Arabic, French, and Berber (Amazigh).

Chefchaouen The Blue City

Chefchaouen is a lovely hillside City in Morroco. It is known for its blue painted buildings. I was surprised to learn that the extensive use of blue is only about 20 years old. Something most travel writers either ignore or don’t know. The city is whitewashed or painted three times a year for religious reasons. If the paint is only one storey high, it was done by a women.

Many shades of blue

Night blues

From my terrace

A communal bakery. The women bring their loaves in the morning for baking.

Fort built in 1471 by Portuguese prisoners

Morocco

On a 17 day tour of Morocco. So far have been to Rabat, Assilah, Chefchauon, Ouazzane, now Fes. What a wonderful country. A few shots from Rabat.

Main gate at Royal Palace, Rabat.

Chellah, a medieval fortress on the edge of Rabat

Sub-Saharan musicians in front of the gate at Chellah

King Mohamed V Mausoleum

Hassan Tower. Unfinished minaret, c. 1150 and remains of unfinished mosque.

12th century wall of unfinished mosque

Cats are everywhere in Morocco

Modern graffiti in the Kasbah

Where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean from Kasbah overlook. Kasbah mean fort

Kasbah Gate

Andalusian music, Moroccan music from Spain

Chicken and almonds tajine

Playing with my Samsung S22 Ultra and low light

Lecture on Moroccan clothing styles at the Cross Cultural Center for Learning, our hosts in Rabat.

My New Favorite Christmas Song

Past Favorite

Arches, the Mosque at Cordoba, Spain

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Shining Light on the Past

Gothic elements in the Church of St. John the Baptist, Matera, Basilicata, c. 1229.

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