on returning home from morocco

I wrapped up my trip to Morocco on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, and then headed immediately to Italy. I originally decided to go on a G Adventures tour because it covered a lot of ground and all the logistics were worked out.  I figured I would love Morocco so much that I would return another time and focus only on the places that spoke to me.  However, by the time I left the country, I had decided it was unlikely I would ever return.

We didn’t stay long enough Tangier or Fez to know if I would love it or not.


tanneries of Fez

I loved a couple of places, especially the blue city of Chefchaouen and the fishing village of Essaouira.

I enjoyed the markets of Marrakech for the fabulous medina and its exotic and enticing goods.  I have often dreamed of having a store in the U.S. where I sell exotic items from abroad, but I doubt that will ever happen at this point in my life.

Other places I loved include Aït Ben Haddou and Volubilis, but one visit was plenty for both of those places.  I also loved the desert in Merzouga, but I have spent a lot of time in deserts and I don’t have a huge urge to go back.

Most of all I loved the photography opportunities.  Everything in Morocco was colorful, and as one who loves color, I was captivated by the vibrancy.

As for food, the tajines were good, but only to a point; they got a bit boring after a while.

The worst thing for me was being on a tour.  I met some interesting individuals and actually liked all of them one-on-one.  But I hate group dynamics.  Group travel has never been appealing to me, and it wasn’t enjoyable this time.  I must be diligent in the future to avoid these kinds of trips.

I wrote a number of posts about my trip to Morocco.  My favorite posts were about Chefchaouen and Essaouira.  I also loved writing my two poetic journeys and my photography posts about the blues of Morocco and the enticing markets.  I still have one more poem to write, and that will follow shortly.

  1. call to place: morocco
  2. anticipation & preparation: morocco
  3. on journey: a roundabout route to casablanca
  4. blues of morocco
  5. enticing moroccan markets
  6. poetic journeys: aït-ben-haddou
  7. morocco’s architecture & interiors
  8. morocco: of the desert, dromedaries & berbers
  9. casablanca, morocco: settling in & a walk to hassan ii mosque
  10. rick’s cafe & a walking tour of central casablanca
  11. casablanca: back to hassan ii, a walk along the corniche, & quartier des habous
  12. farewell to casablanca’s satellite dishes & hello to fellow travelers
  13. morocco: casablanca to tangier to chefchaouen
  14. morocco: the blue-washed chefchaouen
  15. morocco: the ancient roman ruins at volubilis
  16. a whirlwind tour of fez, morocco
  17. poetic journeys: letter to the moroccan sahara
  18. on journey: a long drive from fez to merzouga
  19. morocco: a lazy day in merzouga
  20. morocco: merzouga to el-khorbat
  21. morocco: a stroll through the tinghir oasis
  22. morocco: a short walk through todra gorge
  23. morocco: tinghir to aït ben haddou
  24. morocco: aït ben haddou
  25. morocco: aït-ben-haddou to imlil to aroumd
  26. morocco: aroumd to imlil to essaouira
  27. morocco: a day among the blue boats of essaouira
  28. morocco: essaouira to marrakech’s bahia palace
  29. remembering: first impressions of marrakech
  30. a day in the marrakech medina
  31. in search of gardens in marrakech

singers in El Khorbat

I was in Morocco from April 4 – April 23, 2019.


“ON RETURNING HOME” INVITATION: I invite you to write a post on your own blog about returning home from one particular destination or, alternately, from a long journey encompassing many stops.  How do you linger over your wanderings and create something from them?  How have you changed? Did the place live up to its hype, or was it disappointing? Feel free to address any aspect of your journey and how it influences you upon your return. If you don’t have a blog, I invite you to write in the comments.

For some ideas on this, you can check out the original post about this subject: on returning home.

Include the link in the comments below by Sunday, July 5 at 1:00 p.m. EST.  When I write my post in response to this challenge on Monday, July 6, I’ll include your links in that post.

This will be an ongoing invitation on the first Monday of each month. Feel free to jump in at any time.