Hotels

Tigmi Tacchedirt Lodge

October 6, 2011 Jack 1

Our first impression of the lodge spreading across the lower parts of North Africa’s highest village, Tacchedirt, was one of relief as we’d just climbed to it from the valley floor after… […]

Africa

Seeing the Light in Marrakech

October 5, 2011 Andy 0

By day, the lamps reflected the sunlight in a thousand glints of colour and by night they turned even the poorest of stalls into a stage worthy of Shahrazad himself to weave another story beneath their magical light. […]

Essaouira

Surviving the Harbour at Essaouira

October 5, 2011 Jack 0

The contrast between the chilled out vibes of Place Moulay Hassan in Essaouira, Morocco, and the frenzied entrance to the harbour area via a gate in the town wall comes as a bit of a surprise. One second you’re… […]

Africa

Riad Merstane, Marrakech

October 4, 2011 Andy 1

A stunning 200 year old riad, beautifully restored and impeccably maintained in the residential area of the Marrakech medina, a ten minute walk to the souks and 25 minutes to the famous Jemaa El F’na square. Riad Merstane is hidden away in a maze of alleys and entering from the medina is like walking into a perfumed and tranquil oasis. […]

Marrakech

First Impressions of the Red City of Marrakech in Photos

October 1, 2011 Jack 2

A wacky races of mopeds and bicycles weave around pedestrians in narrow alleys. The trick to negotiating them is not to move out of the way of the traffic; let the bikes do all the work. In some ways these are more interesting than the trinket and treasure laden souks […]

Africa

Two Rude Awakenings in Africa

June 28, 2011 Jack 0

Instead of being alarmed because a) someone was knocking on the window and b) the window was on the second storey of the VOI Safari Lodge in Kenya, I grumbled my way out of bed and over to the window and opened the curtains to find […]

Africa

D-I-Y Seafood Dinner in Lamu

June 27, 2011 Jack 0

It was everything I had hoped an Arab trading port to be. Fishermen sat mending nets, small children catapulted themselves, laughing and screaming from canoes into the water and elderly men with equally elderly donkeys transported… […]

Africa

How to Disappoint a Chief on the Tana Delta in Kenya

May 30, 2011 Jack 0

I eased myself from the canoe and into the river, relishing the cooling caress of the jade water on my hot and dusty feet, and slowly waded, Merrells in hand, the few metres to the shore where a bearded man wearing a faded check sarong stood beside a bucket of water. […]