Cafe’s at Hercules Cave

Cafes at Hercules Cave

Cafes at Hercules Cave

It’s places like this, that have kept me coming back to Tangier every year for the past 10 years.  Europe is now just a place to transfer airplanes.

Tangier is growing!

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Tangier is growing with a new underground parking lot across the beach front and a direct access tunnel near the train station. Notice Spain in the distance.

Land of a thousand priceless rooftop views!

Tangier Roof

Tangier Roof

Rolling Stone’s Keith Richards in a classic Tangier photo

Keith Richards in Tangier

Keith Richards in Tangier

The Grand Socco at Sunset

The Grand Socco at Sunset

The Grand Socco at Sunset

Beauty in the rain

Rainy day view from the Hotel Continental

Rainy day view from the Hotel Continental

Somethings haven’t changed in 50 years – Boulevard Pasteur circa 1944

Boulevard Pasteur Circa 1944

Boulevard Pasteur Circa 1944

Boulevard Pasteur Circa Dec. 2008

Boulevard Pasteur Circa Dec. 2008 (only one Modern building on the right)

Timeless Moroccan Beauty

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A young Moroccan Jewish girl.

 

It’s very easy to see how fashion designers of today can look to the beauty of classic Moroccan fashion for inspiration.  This classic photo of a Jewish Moroccan girl, in the Northern Moroccan region of Tangier and Tetuoan, could easily be mistaken for one taken today.  Everything outside of the headdress is still fashionable in modern western society today.  You can imagine how Yves Saint Laurent drew inspiration from growing up in this region.

My thoughts on why Morocco is learning English.

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Morocco has the highest English proficiency rate in the entire Arab World.  It’s about the same as France.  Therefore, I believe Morocco can do better.  There are many reasons why more and more Moroccans are learning English.

1. BUSINESS

English is the business language.  If you want to do international business English is a must.

2. WIDELY SPOKEN

There are roughly 400 million who speak English as a first language in the world (*Wikipedia)

3. COMMUNICATE WITH OTHER NON ARABIC SPEAKERS

Traveling Germans, Koreans, Japanese, Swiss, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Hungarians, Austrians, Dutch, Turkish, Indians, and Croatians, learn it as a second language.

4.  FRIENDS FROM THE UNITED STATES

Morocco is America’s first and longest friend.  Most Arabs do not understand that in the United States, Arabs are not given a disadvantaged  minority status.  The majority view Arabs and Moroccans as Caucasian, unlike Europe where they are classified as Asian. Thus leading to Americans viewing Moroccans as more similar, rather than different in beliefs. Americans have always had fascination with Moroccan culture. Morocco is one of the only countries that Americans will leave the homeland for and want to document the culture. Americans respect Moroccans on a level that they only have for their own.

5. ENGLISH IS NOT EXPECTED ITS RESPECTED

The one thing that will put a smile on an English speakers face, is hearing a bit of English.  English speakers don’t expect Moroccans to speak English (unlike the French), but if they do it’s very easy to make conversation and friends.

Photo Tribute: Tangiers is beautiful (my life of Yves Saint Laurent) | Fiona Schmidt

I ran across this interesting blog post from a french fashion blog regarding Tangier.  Over half the pictures are of Chefchaouen (not Tangier).  So I included below all the Tangier photos to clarify things.  You won’t find blue doors or buildings in Tangier, but you can almost feel the grimey charm of the city and the warmth of the people with the photos below.

Goat in the Medina

Goat in the Medina

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See Article Below:

Tangiers is beautiful (my life of Yves Saint Laurent) | Fiona Schmidt.

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