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.

The Africa Report: The forgotten beauty of North Morocco | North Africa

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From The Africa Report. 4 great places in the North.

Morocco’s government has poured billions of dirhams into giving the North a facelift – new bus routes, better roads, better security. When you add this to an economic boom driven by the huge Tanger-Med port complex and car factories, you have a new dynamic in a once decrepit region.
Under the heel of the Spanish and then the French, surviving a ferocious colonial war (the Rif War), the Tangier area still retains an independentist feel – this was a region that still stamped its own currency a little over a century ago. Shunned by the previous king, it has become a favourite of King Mohammed VI, and its unprepossessing charm is yet to be flooded with EasyTourists.

A rooftop oasis in Rabat’s ancient centre – Riad Kalaa, Rabat
Touching down in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, visitors can hop on one of the regular trains to the North. But you might like to break the journey in Riad Kalaa, a boutique bolthole in the city’s medina. Built into the ramparts, it has an emerald rooftop pool, its own hammam and open fires in five of the 11 rooms. riadkalaa.com
The bliss of rolling waves on an empty beach – Rmilate beach, Asilah
Those in search of a tranquil beach, away from the millionaire mansions that are creeping across Morocco’s shorefront, should head to Asilah in spring or autumn. This small Atlantic coast town with a Spanish flavour has an abundance of stunning beaches that are largely deserted except in summer.
Tea and tumbledown buildings in a laid – back medina – Medina, Tangier
The northern port is quickly becoming Morocco’s second business hub, but step into the medina and you are lost in time. A refreshing diffidence is on show here – the locals couldn’t care less, and tourists will get a lot less hassle than in the medinas of Marrakech or Fez. It may not last. The beautiful tumbledown buildings are slowly being bought up by French retirees.
Nature’s lush bounty in the Rif Mountains – Akchour waterfalls, Chefchaouen
Thigh-deep in cold water may not be your idea of fun, but the simple beauty of a waterfall can move the hardest heart. When added to the genuine hospitality of Chefchaouen, the walks around the cascades can sway the mind from the thrill of totting up a balance sheet.

Original Article

Travel: The forgotten beauty of North Morocco | North Africa.

Classic Tangier Wisdom

William S. Burroughs Self Portrait

William S. Burroughs Self Portrait Tangier 1959

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― William S. Burroughs

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