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Chocolate Easter egg in Barcelona
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Barcelona Gourmet Walking Tour and MSC Cruise Revive Easter Past

A “blast from the past,” can be a shot of adrenalin. After childhood images of beautifully hand-painted Easter eggs popped into my head last winter, I sprang into action this spring to revive enduring memories. Hubby and I subsequently decided to discover new and beautiful things by joining the Easter […]

Panoramic Tenerife
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Divine Yuletide Escapes in Spain, Morocco, the Canaries and Madeira

When the Arctic chill blew in, a Christmas cruise to Barcelona, Casablanca, Tenerife, Funchal and Malaga sounded warm, fuzzy and therapeutic. With sunny days, tropical fauna and flora and flamenco music dancing in our heads, my other half and I sailed on the new MSC Divina and looked toward a […]

The music festival was rockin'. Then all hell broke loose!
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Goin’ to Surf City, Moroccan Style: Or Fiddling While Dakhla Burns!

The strangely festive mood that pervaded the Berber-style tent camp bivouac on the beach at Oum Labouir was strained by the knowledge that barely two miles away, rioters were battling in the streets of the small peninsula city of Dakhla on the southwestern coast of Morocco. Details of what was […]

You never know what wonderland you will end up in when you tour the backlot of the Atlas Studios.
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On the Road to Ouarzazate— Morocco’s Hollywood

Most people have probably never even heard of the high-desert city of Ouarzazate (home of the Atlas Film Studios) or the ancient fortress of Ait Benhaddou or the lush green palm oasis of Fint, but directors such as Ridley Scott (“Gladiator” and “Kingdom of Heaven”), Martin Scorsese (“The Last Temptation […]

Marrakesh by Air: More Than Just a Hot Air Balloon Over the Desert
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Marrakesh by Air: More Than Just a Hot Air Balloon Over the Desert

Marrakesh’s famed Medina is oddly quiet at 6 a.m., an hour after the first of the five daily calls to prayer has been broadcast over hundreds of loudspeakers throughout the walled city. Most everyone seems to have gone back to bed after performing their obligations, and only a few scattered robed figures shuffle through the dark alleyways. The hustle and bustle of the souks and the famed Djemaa el-Fna square is still hours away from springing to full chaotic vibrancy.

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Tunisian Jews on the French Riviera: A Link in the Franco-Jewish Chain

The recent uprising in Tunisia reminded us of Claudine, whom we met in the old section of Cannes where a kashruth sign in the window of a butcher shop had caught our attention. Curious, we stepped inside just as an attractive, well-dressed woman was gathering up her packages. An impromptu conversation ensued.

The Long Safari on the Roads of Namibia
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The Long Safari on the Roads of Namibia

Every day in Namibia is animal sighting day. The animals are always on the move in the winter looking for water. That is, until the day they go to the final waterhole resting place in the sky. That day came for a giraffe on a narrow road in Etosha National Park.

Three Days in the Souks
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Three Days in the Souks

Arriving at my riad mid-afternoon, my knock sounds frail against the B&B’s heavy, cedar door. A man in camouflage pants, scruffy shirt and baseball cap leads a ragged donkey and cart up the alley. I move closer to the door to give way. Listening for sounds of movement on the other side of the mass of wood…

Luxury Travel in Morocco
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Luxury Travel in Morocco

Travellers searching for an authentic experience when visiting Morocco need look no further than Luxury Riads, an online booking service offering luxury accommodations and excursions. Owner Hicham Elmahrab, an energetic 30-something, has turned his love of Morocco into a unique business venture that is capturing the attention of travelers worldwide.

Spanning the Centuries In Egypt
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Spanning the Centuries In Egypt

An elegant, bearded man swaddled in pure white robes, wearing a kefiyeh headdress encircled with a black rope band and surrounded by four large, no-nonsense bodyguards walks through the Four Seasons Cairo lobby. When my waiter brings me tea, I ask him who that very important looking man is and he explains it’s a sheik from Saudi Arabia. “You’ll see lots of them here. This is, after all, The Four Seasons,” he says with a proud smile.