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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Salamu Aleikum Marrakech

We love Morocco, but then it would be hard not to. It loves you back. Several people have said to us, “Thank you for choosing to come to Morocco”. Marrakech is just as friendly as Tangier in that respect. I had my first glimpse of the countryside around Marrakech before Christina woke up in our … Continue reading »

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Farewell Tangier

Our last day here and our train awaits, but not until 10 pm. We spent most of the morning in our hotel room reading and writing because checkout day has the effect of making you think that the holiday stay has already finished the moment you get up. I think I'd rather wake up and … Continue reading »

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Tangier Day 2

Said, our guide from yesterday, told us that a lot of the market in Tangier would be closed for the day and that he hoped to be busy with the arrival of the cruise ship full of tourists, mostly American. He was right about the ship; it was huge, seventeen stories high and it dwarfed … Continue reading »

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Tangier

The fast ferry to Tangier only takes an hour, but in that time moves you to another world. Everything is different and to us, new. I'm not sure if I should say this but, the first thing that happens on the ferry is that everybody rushes to one side to get their passports stamped, having … Continue reading »

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Algeciras to Tarifa

We saw nothing of Algeciras in daylight and should probably, as you'll see, have seen even less. The hotel is seriously grand and leaves you in no doubt it has seen a better class of clientele. Even though it admits some of them were German spies keeping watch over the straits of Gibraltar in WWII. … Continue reading »

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To The Edge Of Europe

The hotel in Madrid was comfortable. Sadly, it suffered that scourge of modern life; corporate branding. Everything that could be covered, either with a logo, or corporate speak was joined to the cause. From the paper placemats in the bathroom to the menu cards, everything bore the burden of the company messages to clients and … Continue reading »

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Into Spain

The man in the top bunk left at Perpignan. He apologised for waking us, but we had been awake most of the night. He reassured us that his sleep had been continuous since lights out at 10 the previous night. I assume he lives on a traffic island above an all night municipal recycling centre … Continue reading »

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Going South

I'm officially a 'twirly'. That's not always a good thing, so allow me to explain. I've only had my bus pass for a month and managed since then to use it only once, to the end of the bus route. Even then I walked back, so I'm relatively inexperienced. That's my excuse for offering a … Continue reading »

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