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Tag: Marrakech

17 Nov

Riad Mena

Normally, for a hotel review, some lovely image of the entryway, the courtyard, a suite with terrace would be the lead photo. I couldn’t...

16 Nov

The Passion for Travel

Every year I am privileged to attend PURE Life Experiences, a travel conference that stands heads above the vast array of travel conferences...

16 Nov

M H Leatherwear

I have known about Martine Hillen for three years yet have never managed to connect with her on my yearly trips to Marrakech.  I was determined...

15 Nov

Lisa Lindblad Travel Design Winner and Finalist

Hot off the Press! Yesterday evening at the close of the PURE Life Experience conference and meetings in Marrakech, LLTD  won the award for...

15 Nov


One of the most special things about Marrakech is its position..this ancient, walled city rising out of the desert is ringed with  mountains. ...

12 Nov

Majorelle Shopping

The Majorelle Gardens are a must visit in town as is the revamped Berber Museum. Clever shopkeepers, knowing that they have a captive audience,...

12 Nov

Florence Teillet

I have written in the past about Florence Teillet and her glorious hand woven textiles. She is worth many return postings just a she is worth...

12 Nov

Grand Cafe de la Poste

The food leaves lots to be desired but for atmosphere and energy, Cafe de la Poste is still a really fun place to go for lunch drink or dinner....

11 Nov

Atika – Knockoff at its Best

I don’t get it. Etched in to my memory of street shopping – be it in Venice, Rome or New York – is the image of tall, West...

10 Nov

Le Zinc

So many new developments in Marrakech, an endless stream of construction. Much of it ugly or characterless. But there are always good restaurants,...

2 Nov

Marrakech Creativity

The king of Moroccan lanterns has a wonderful multi-story gallery in Passage Ghandouri – an artists’ enclave in Gueliz, Marrakech’s...

31 Oct

Riad Joya

There are scores of 5 star hotels in Marrakech and more arriving on the scene every year.  There are thousands of riads, tucked away in the...

30 Oct

An Afternoon in the Souks

We had a delicious late lunch at La Terrace des Epices, a fun rooftop restaurant with perfect views over the winding streets of the souks below....

30 Oct

Majorelle Update

The sites of Marrakech can be seen in one morning.  While they tell a complex story that underpins much of what enchants travelers to this city...

29 Oct


Delicious restaurant in an even more attractive hotel – Bab Hotel www.babhotelmarrakech.comBab Hotel

28 Oct

La Grande Place

  I have been coming to Place Djemaa el-Fna for 40 years and I can honestly say that, apart from the foreigners trailing through with guide...

17 Dec

Meditations on Travel #6

  Travel is a tale unfolding, a journey toward the center, a peeling away of the visible to reach the ineffable. Who doesn’t...

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A vessel and a man praying from the Middle Niger Civilization, the gorgeous embroidery on a boubou tilbi are among so many moving pieces @metmuseum Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara
There is power in the Moai - mana it is called - and power in the sea. Alone out there, more than 2000 miles from the Chilean coast and 1200 miles to the nearest neighbor, you feel the need for protection that the Moai gave to the islanders.
I have been here 3 nights, little time  to dwell in the spirit of a place. But Easter Island is so magnetic, so restful and other-worldly, that I would say it is well worth making a trip solely for this visit or as a part of any Chile adventure.
Dressing up for the banana trunk cresta run to which the whole island turned out in the drizzle. Such fun!
This morning was another memorable moment. If you look at the Moai statue which is second from the left, he has a travel story. In 1969 my father-in-law, Lars Lindblad, brought his head back to New York on the Lindblad Explorer and set it atop a pedestal that matched his height on Park Avenue. The objective was to bring attention to Easter Island, to encourage tourism and interest and fundraising to restore and protect these magnificent statues. I met last night with Patricia Vargas, the renowned anthropologist and archaeologist, who remembers the time well and who has spent her years here on Rapa Nui doing just that alongside her husband, Claudio Cristino.