Part Two: Chefchaouen.
Linda and I also enjoyed the beautiful scenery to and from Kabila and, of course, Chefchaouen itself.
Once we arrived, Hashim led us through the town' pedestrian pathways of stone, through the market and to a cafe beside the mountain stream where we
enjoyed, yes, a hot mint tea.
This mountain stream near the cafe also serves as a publish place for washing clothing and especially carpets, which the people dry on roofs and fences near the stream.
We understood quickly why this Berber town
situated in the Rif Mountains remains a magnet for tourists. The blue shimmering in the sunlight stuns and looks beautiful.
I always the market places, and Chefchaouen offers a busy one. As the photographs indicate, one can purchase fresh oranges and mind, colorful Berber
hats and djellaba, a hooded garment one sees all over we we visited and stayed.
We also loved the colorful variety of spices sold, along with large tables full of various dates and the ubiquitous and delicious
Next time we will experiment more with the local goat cheese, famous in northern Morocco.
Chefchaoun was for a long time a walled Spanish town that got returned to Morocco in 1956 at the time of independence, though Spain kept to protectorates in Morocco, Ceuta and Melilla--Ceuta is not far from Kabila.
Hashim drove us to an areas above the town to a hotel that offers
an exceptional view of Chefchaouen. And as the photograph on the right underscores, the area is certainly dominated by blue. While we appreciated the view, the call for prayers began from the many Mosques that dot the area. Just beautiful sight and sound.
The page became too long, so I will create a new page for two:
Part Three: Dar Loughat Cross Cultural Language Center, Artisan School, and Rif Mountain Tea
Part Four: Tetouan-Lixus-Larache-Tetouan
Part Five: Tetouan-Tangiers-Ripon