Banys Àrabs – Palma de Mallorca

Entrance

Entrance

The Banys Àrabs are the only monument of Majorca’s Moorish past that still exists.

Bath room

Bath room

Cupola with 5 openings

Cupola with 5 openings

It is a really small place close to Palma’s Cathedral. Only four rooms and a small, but lovely garden. There are a lots of palm trees, ferns, exotic plants and of course flowers. I would recommend to go there and have a picnic, because there are a lots of nice chairs and desks.

Lemon tree

Lemon tree

The small garden

The small garden

Exotic plants

Exotic plants

More garden

More garden

The bath can be dated back to the 11th century and was party of a private Muslim house. They build it after a Roman model.

In the museum there is also a small example and a short movie in English, Spanish and German.

How it was once

How it was once

Adress: Can Serra 7, Palma de Mallorca

Admission: 2 €, Kids free

Opening times: daily 9:30 to 18:00

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Essaouria 

My last stop in Morocco was Essaouria – a vibrant little town at Morocco’s Atlantic coast. We took the train from Rabat to Marrakech – the train station was very modern, the train okay, but a bit sticky. To reach our next destination, Essaouria, we travelled with Supratours a bus company – it was very clean – European conditions. In Essaouria we booked a room at the Surf & Chill Camp, it was a little sticky, but the stuff was very nice and they just renovated it- I can recommend it for young people. There we meet two really lovely girls from Poland and some siblings from Vienna. When we arrived there the Hostel owned went with us to the fish market, showed us the best fish – it cost only 50ct!! And for 50ct more they put on the grill with vegetables. But the owner decided to cook it with us at the hostel – it tasted great – as you can see.

Essaouira Fish Market

Essaouira Fish Market

Grilled Fish -mhm

Grilled Fish -mhm

In the evening we explored the town and the beach a bit. We found a new friend – a dog, who followed us the whole night, but after some hours he found some other people and we could go to bed. Our new Homie

Cutest kitties ever

Cutest kitties ever

The next day we didn’t have weather for swimming but we made a long hike along the beach and found a nice café.

Nice beach café

Nice beach café

Beach soccer and seagulls

Beach soccer and seagulls

Beach soccer

Beach soccer

Parasols in the wind

Parasols in the wind

Seagulls

Seagulls

View to the port

View to the port

In the evening we went with the Austrians and a staff member to the Hammam – an oriental steam bath. I felt a little dizzy because of the humidity, but the special flannels, which clean your skin, were awesome. The next day we had better weather, went a little shopping and visited the babier – he seemed to like blonde long hair, but the hair dryer was ultra hot. I also really liked how he – and a lots of other Moroccans wear their shoes – for example Nikes, they just use them as slippers and step on the back of the shoes – my mum would kill me 😀

Great weather

Great weather

Essaouria park

Essaouria park

Chilling Cat

Relaxed Cat

Some nice presents

Some nice presents

Carpet Cats

Carpet Cats

End of the Morocco trip!

General tipps for Morocco

1. How to get there

By airplane:
From Europe it’s pretty easy and cheap to fly to Morocco, book at least 3 month earlier then you can get the best price. Especially Ryanair is really cheap. From the US you probably have to change in London or another big airport, I would combine it with a trip to Europe.

Of course you can also go there by car, if you have a lot of time, and visit France and Spain meanwhile – a dream of mine…

From the US you probably have to change in London o another big airport, I would combine it with a trip to Europe.

2. Season to visit

If you don’t like it too hot – you should better go there before June or in Autumn. There are different times to visit, February is the best time for storks, Mai is for example famous for roses – then the roses valley blooms.

3. Accommodation

Hotels: There are many really luxurious world class hotels, which are even visited by superstars, but they aren’t in my price limit. From 50 €

Riads: Riads are the beautiful inner courtyard in the Medina houses. You can’t see them from the outside, but in the Inside they are really beautiful with plants, ornaments and fountains. Riads are also used as guest houses, hostels or bed and breakfasts. For are price of 30 € you can sleep in a very beautiful bed and breakfast/guest house Riad. If you don’t have high expectations and just need WIFI and a bed then there are hostels from 5 €, which are totally ok.

4. Places to visit

Marrakech: Marrakech is the place to visit in Morocco. It is the Berber capital and you must smell and taste this city! Marrakech consists of the Ville Nouvelle, the Medina and other parts – it is the same with all other Moroccan towns – the Ville Nouvelle is characterized by the French colonial domination and very modern, the Medina is how you imagine 1001 Nights.

Must do is Jardin Marjorelle. I can also recommend a day trip to Cascades d’Ouzoud – a waterfall.

Medina von oben

Medina from the top

Jardin Majorelle - Beautiful Blue House

Jardin Majorelle – Beautiful Blue House

Also visit from there the Ouarzazate, t-Ben-Haddou, the Kasbahs and canyons, for example the todra gorge, and the beautiful desert.

If you want to make an experience with the Moroccan culture and Berber culture visit the Berber Cultural Center.

Kasbah Village

Kasbah Village

sand

Sand

Fès:
Fes is the religious capital of Morocco, with beautiful green landscape around, the tanneries and a huge Medina.

the tanneries

The tanneries

Chefchaouen:
Chefchaouen lays in the Rif mountains in northern Morocco. Most of the houses in this sweet little town are painted blue.

The blue city

The blue city

Rabat:
Rabat is the capital of Morocco. It is very modern according to the other places I saw. There is the Mausoleum Mohammed V., the beautiful Kasbah des Oudaïas, the sister city Salé and also really worth visiting is the Chellah, an old roman ruin full of storks.

Atlanic Coast

Atlantic Coast

Chellah - million storks

Chellah – Million storks

Oued Bou Regreg and Kasbah de Oudaïas

Oued Bou Regreg and Kasbah de Oudaïas

Essaouria:
Essaouira is the hippie and artist city of Morocco. It is a very cute seaside town at the Atlantic coast.

Other places:
I didn’t visit those places but they look really nice:

  • Meknès (beautiful Medina like Fes)
  • Tétouan (lays in the Rif mountains, nice Medina, close to Tanger)
  • Sidi Ifni (great beach and stone formations)
  • El Jadida (cool surfer and hippie town like Essaouira)

5. Food

The Morrocan kitchen is always fresh and local. Moroccans get their meat from the butcher next door and plant their own vegetables. Like it was in Europe 50 years ago… The classic Morrocan dish is the Tajine which is named after the pot in which they cook it, a kind of stew and of course don’t forget Couscous.
To drink you have a fresh pressed orange-juice, avocado-juice and grenadine-juice, and other fresh pressed juices. You get them everywhere for around 70 ct.
And try prickly pears.

Don’t forget the super sweet mint tea, they put over 5 lump sugars in it!!!

Tasty! Tajine in Marrakech

Tasty! Tajine in Marrakech

Very sweet mint tea

Very sweet mint tea

6. Transportation:

Only one third of the Morrocan streets are made. So a lots of action-lovers love to drive in Morocco. Be careful because Moroccans and especially kids don’t always know traffic rules, sometimes they even cross highways…

Better take the Taxi or public transport, it’s so cheap, everybody can afford it. There are two kinds of taxis the “petit-taxis” and “grand taxis”. You always pay for the car, not per person, the grand taxi is more expensive if you are fewer persons, but if you are a big group it’s cheaper. The Taxis, in most cases, are old Mercedes.

Taxi station Iminatanoute

Taxi station Iminatanoute

Busses are the only public transport so the bus network is very well developed. Please book for a long journey at least eight hours earlier, you can buy it at take the bus terminal. CTM and Supratours are the best provides, if you take others you will have an adventure… 😀 The busses are on time, don’t be to late.

Also there are trains in Morocco, but just two main lines from Tanger to Marrakech with some stops and from Tanger over Fes to Oujda.  The trains are ok, not too expensive, but a little sticky. The train stations are really modern.

Train Station Rabat

Train station Rabat

7. Language

Of course the best is, if you speak Arabic and some Berber dialects, but you don’t need to. If you speak French you can speak nearly to everybody, even really old people. Young people and the people from tourism industry also speak English. Many Moroccans also speak Spanish and some German.

8. Travel as a young woman

Morocco is full of tourists and it is saver than you think. But be careful, there are lots of men who try to chat you up. Always be with a man or girl, doesn’t matter which gender, just never be on your own, then you’re quite save. On the tourist places there is always the police in civil, so nothing can happen there.

A tip: I looked on a German webpage called joinmytrip.de where I looked for a male travel partner, which worked out pretty well. See here.

Probably there are similar webpages in other languages.

 

Chellah – Where the storks spend their winter

In the middle of Februray I visited Rabat – the perfect time for storks in Morocco.

The Chellah is an old Marinids necropolis, Islamic Medina and roman ruin lays a little outside of Rabat, Morocco’s capital. You enter a huge gate, the entrance is not more than 2€, and then you enter into a paradise full of storks.

Marinids necropolis

Marinids Necropolis

Chellah - million storks

Chellah – Millions of Storks

Marinids tower

Marinide tower

Exotic Flower

Exotic flower

More storcks

More storks

ruins

Ruins

The roman town was called Sala, Salé the sister city of Rabat is named after it. They build it there because close to the area was a holy spring.

storks watching you

Storks watching you

In the Chellah it is really silent you only hear storks – the whole time – and sometimes cats. It is a perfect place for a picnic – you would never think that a city is just 500m away – there a so many nice trees and flowers…

cat woman

Cat lady

Chellah

Chellah

Salé – Rabats sister city

Salé

The sister city of Rabat – on the other side of the Bou Regreg. Salé has like all cities in Morocco a modern part and a Medina. Salés riverside is lined by modern buildings, cafés and a marina. The Medina has some really nice old mosques and a beautiful Medersa.

Salé marina

Salé marina – Tour Hassan in the background

Salé modern buildings

Salé modern buildings

Medina of Salé

Medina of Salé – Entrance of a Mosque

city gate to Salé's Medina

city gate to Salé’s Medina

Salé - old mosque

Salé – old mosque

Salé – Atlanic Coast

Salé has a very beautiful coast, you can walk along the city wall of Salé and jump along stone formations washed by the sea. If you walk in direction Rabat you have a beautiful view to Rabat and it’s Kasbah.

Atlantic Coast and Salé's city wall

Atlantic Coast and Salé’s city wall

Atlanic Coast

Atlanic Coast

Atlantic waves

Atlantic waves

Few to Rabat

Few to Rabat

Interesting stone formations at the Atlantic Coast

Interesting stone formations at the Atlantic Coast

sunset and birds

sunset and birds

View to the light tower

View to the light tower

view to Salé

View to Salé

Cemetery

On the Atlantic coast is also the cemetery of Salé, the grave stones are aligned to Mecca.

Salé's cementery

Salé’s cemetery

cementery cat 2

cemetery cat 2

cementery cat

cemetery cat

Morocco and the waste

Sadly there is a lot of waste on many places in Morocco, so I decided to take a photo of it, in Fes I wasn’t able to do it…

waste

waste

Sports

Often I saw Moroccans doing sport, also here, probably preparing for soccer.

doing sports

Workout

the sun goes down - playing soccer

the sun goes down – playing soccer

Rabat – Moroccos Capital

Rabat is the capital of Morocco. It is very modern, and European according to the other cities in Morocco. There is a theatre, cinemas, coffees, a zoo, McDonalds, like every city in the world. Rabat has a huge train station, post station and big boulevards. Also you can find there office towers, Rabat is a trade center. But still if it’s modern – cats are everywhere. ^-^

Ville Nouvelle

boulevard with palm trees: Avenue Mohammed V.

Boulevard with palm trees: Avenue Mohammed V.

Post station Rabat

Post Station Rabat

some cats

Some cats

In the Ville Nouvelle I found a really cool fruit bar – Le Gout de Fruit – they have around 30 different fruits and you can mix them like you want.

fruit juice mix shop

Fruit juice shop – Le Guit de Fruit

Medina

On the way from the Ville Nouvelle to the Medina is the Marché Central, where you can buy food and fake brand clothes and sun glasses. Rabat Medina is nice, but not as beautiful as the Medina in Fes.

fresh meat - Marché Central

Fresh meat – Marché Central

Marché Central - bakers wares

Marché Central – Bakers wares

fresh olives - marché Cental

Fresh olives – Marché Cental

Rabat Medina

Rabat Medina

carpenters in the Medina

Carpenters in the Medina

Kasbah des Oudaïas

Rabat has a beautiful fortress called Kasbah des Oudaïas which lays at the River Bou Regreg and the Atlantic Ocean. It has 10m high and 2.5m wide walls and a huge entrance called Bab Oudaïas. The houses in the Kasbah are painted blue and white, and there are also some pirate towers. Besides there is a museum for jewelry and an andalusian garden.

Kasbah de Oudaïas

Kasbah de Oudaïas

walls of the Kasbah de Oudaïas

Walls of the Kasbah de Oudaïas

Kasbah de Oudaïas - plants

Kasbah de Oudaïas – Blue is beautiful

Kasbah de Oudaïas - plants

Kasbah de Oudaïas – Beautiful plants

Kasbah de Oudaïas - traditional musician

Kasbah de Oudaïas – traditional musician

Café Maure - great view

Café Maure – Great view

Andalusian Garden

Andalusian Garden

Mausoleum Mohammed V. and Tour Hassan

The Area of the Mausoleum Mohammed and the Hassan Tower is the most important national monument in Morocco.  The Area is guarded by men in uniforms and horses. The Hassan Tower was build 1191 and is named after the 5th Kalif and grandson of Mohammed, originally they wanted to build a mosque, but it didn’t work out.

The mausoleum is one of the most beautiful buildings in Morocco, it was designed by a Vietnamese architect called Vo Toan and build in the 60’s.  It is the tomb of King Mohammed V.

Mausoleum from the outside

Mausoleum from the outside

guard in uniform

Guard in uniform

Mausoleum from the inside

Mausoleum from the inside

Palace Quarter

In the palace quarter you can only go through some Gates, and the guards always check your passport. Also you are not allowed to go into the palace and policemen don’t like seeing if you take photos.

men having a discussion

Men having a discussion

Palace quarter

Palace quarter

Rabat palace

Rabat palace

Oued Bou Regreg

The Bou Regreg is a river which flows through Morocco, it divides the city of Rabat and Salé. Oued or Wadi is a river which has only water after heavy rainfall. From Rabat to Sale you can sometimes walk, if there is not so much water in the Oued or walk over a bridge by foot, bike or go by tram (they have a very modern tram in Rabat).

pirate ship on bou regreg

Pirate ship on Bou Regreg

Ferry on the river

Ferry on the river

Oued Bou Regreg and Kasbah de Oudaïas

Oued Bou Regreg and Kasbah de Oudaïas

Rabat tram by night

Rabat tram by night

Atlantic Coast

The Atlantic coast line of Rabat is really beautiful. You can find there lots of shells, and the sea has very high waves, perfect for surfers.

light tower

Light tower

the wild Atlantic

The wild Atlantic Ocean

Surfers in Rabat

Surfers in Rabat

Atlantic Coast

Atlantic Coast

taking a bath in Rabat

Taking a bath in Rabat

Also really worth visiting is the Chellah, a Marinids fortress and an old roman ruin.

Basler Morgenstraich 2015

Exactly one week ago I visited the Morgenstraich in Basel. An huge allemannic carnival event.

One time a year, every Monday after Ash Wednesday, at 4 o’clock in the night the Basler Morgenstraich starts. It is the beginning of the Basler Carnival. The light turns off and now you can only see the lanterns. Then the music starts, they only play flute and drums – it is the biggest flute concert in the world – and the atmosphere is magic.

The costumes are always really mixed, and the masks look a little spooky. On their lanterns they always have political subjects. This year there was a lot about selfies and smartphones.

some minutes to 4 o'clock left

some minutes to 4 o’clock left

laterns in the city

laterns in the city

During the Morgenstraich the restaurants of the city are opened and you can eat Mehlsuppe (a brown really aromatic soup) or Käsewähe (a kind of Quiche).

playing the whole night

playing the whole night

costumes

costumes

drums

drums

Piccolo-flute

Piccolo-flute

flute-concert

flute-concert

spooky mask

spooky mask

political themes

political themes

Funny mask

Funny mask

Impressions-Basel; source: Google pictures

Impressions-Basel; source: Google pictures

Even in the morning they don’t stop playing music and walking around, it first ends after 72 hours with the Ändstreich.

But of course the most people are tired and so you could see people sleeping in the Elisabethen church.

morning overcomes Basel

morning overcomes Basel at the Rhine

still in Carneval's mood

still in Carneval’s mood

Elisbeth's church - a warm place to sleep

Elisbeth’s church – a warm place to sleep

Impressions-Basel source: Google pictures

Impressions-Basel source: Google pictures

How to get there:
Normally by car, but there are also some special trains from Germany and Switzerland for the Morgenstraich.

Other things to do:
If you go especially for the Morgenstraich to Basel you could combine this with a visit at Fondation Beyeler, an art museum. It opens everyday at 10 o’clock. At the moment you can see there Paul Gauguin and Peter Doig.

Fondation Beyeler: Paul Gauguin - Arearea

Fondation Beyeler: Paul Gauguin – Arearea

Nomination for the Liebster Award

Liebster Award

Thank you kleinigkeiten for the Award! That really made my Day 🙂

The Liebster Award is an award from new bloggers for new bloggers.

Here the rules:

  1. Link the person who awarded you
  2. Answer to the 11 questions that you were asked
  3. Nominate other bloggers who have less than 200 followers
  4. Notify the nominated
  5. Make a new list with 11 questions

Those questions were asked by kleinigkeiten

1. Shopping-Trip or Backpacking Tour?
Of course Backpacking Tour. I really hate spending a lot of money, also all that senseless stuff you buy, just makes your house look messy.

Backing opens your mind, you make new experiences, meet people, see new places and learn something about culture, yourself and even more…

2. Why do you write a blog?
I travelled a lot so far and took a lot of photos, so I wanted to share my experiences with other travelers and give some tips. Also my friends like to watch what I did.

And I have to big dream to write for a travel magazine, but maybe in 20 years…

3. Dress or trousers?
Dresses are lovely and very female, a woman with a dress always looks adorable. If you want to look awesome a dress makes a lot.

But I don’t take much time a day thinking about my look or fashion, so I like it classic, fast and handy. That’s why I wear most of the time trousers.

4. Which five places do you absolutely want to see?
First of all I really want to see Japan. Japan has such an interesting culture and nature, and so different from Europe, it must be amazing. Then I want to go to Iran because the architecture there is so great, also Uzbekistan’s architecture must be overwhelming. And of course I just love the smell of so many foreign odors. One day I also want to make a trip to Russia and see the fantastic volcanoes of Kamchatka. Another Must-Do is Cuba -life-joy, music and sun. And one time I want to see the real Africa, see giraffes in Kenya and elephants in the Namib-desert.

5. Your favorite city?
Actually I prefer the countryside, but sure there are great cities. Copenhagen is for example just so fresh, green and young, full off fashionable young beautiful people, I like the feeling in this city. And of course Berlin, the hippest city in the world, probably. And if I would be really, really rich London would be the best city.

6. Do you prefer travelling to the past or in the future?
I’m sometimes a really anxious person, so better the past, we know at least some things about it. Chicago in 1920 or Berlin would be great, but not too long, I think in those times, in all the past it was not easy being a woman. Maybe 1968 in California would be fun…

7. Where do you prefer writing your blog-posts?
In my room, whit a warm tea.

8. Who do you want to reach?
Other travel-lovers and friends.

9. Are there blogs who really inspirate you?
The blogs I nominated are all inspiration. Also I really like the travel blog Just Go Places, and the blog of Amanda, who is German, 18 and hikes the whole Camino the Santiago from German to northern Spain.

10. Movies or TV-Series?
Series are often too long, so I prefer movies, but actually the best thing are documentations.

Not long ago I saw a short series about New Zealand called “Top of the Lake” which was really cool, so always depends…

11. Cooking or Baking?
I like sweet things, but I prefer hearty meals. So Cook

 

Now I nominate:

Almut Albrecht
Coffee Tea Travels ♥
crossingforks
Daheim ist unterwegs

Here are my 11 questions for you:

  1. How did you get to write a blog?
  2. Why do you travel?
  3. What makes a good photo?
  4. What is art for you?
  5. Do you like museums?
  6. What is your favorite place?
  7. What was your best trip so far?
  8. Where do you necessarily want to go?
  9. Your favorite drink
  10. Your favorite animal
  11. A little wisdom

Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen lays in the Rif mountains in northern Morocco. Most of the houses in this sweet little town are painted blue.

From Fes to Chefchaouen we took a local bus… The door didn’t close proper, so there was a man who was responsible to hold this door with a rope – that’s how to create jobs 😀

There were lots of Japanese persons in Chefchaouen, and so we meet a Japanese woman with a huge suitcase who travels for over a year – lucky one!!!

We didn’t even need to look for a hostel, when we came there a lot of Moroccans came to us and showed us several hostels. The hostels where fine, but everywhere you could smell weed – that’s Chefchaouen. It seemed to me that we were the only persons who weren’t stoned.

Sadly we had the whole time bad weather and fog.

One day there was a festival for the almond blossom and we walked up a mountain with a small chapel – they told us there is a good few, maybe if you have good weather…

Beautiful blue fountain

Beautiful blue fountain

The blue city

The blue city

Blue streets of Chefchaouen

Blue streets of Chefchaouen

Beautiful Berber pullover

Beautiful Berber pullover

One evening I bought a Berber pullover and had fun haggling. In Chefchaouen I also had my best mint tea, not too sweet – just perfect – but maybe I was just used to it 😀

fortress Chefchaouen

fortress Chefchaouen

marketplace Chefchaoue

marketplace Chefchaoue

blue sky - stormy weather in Chefchaouen

blue sky – stormy weather in Chefchaouen

light in the sky

light in the sky

Cat wants food

Cat wants food

In Chefchaouen we also found a bakery with great baker’s wares – for example awesome cream puffs which were really cheap and tasty.

Cakes and bakerwares - sweet and awesome

Cakes and bakerswares – sweet and awesome

Blue graffiti

Blue graffiti

Bad weather in the Rif Mountains

Bad weather in the Rif Mountains

stairs in Chefchaouen

stairs in Chefchaouen

Fes Oriental City – Unesco World Heritage

We arrived there at 6 o’clock in the morning at the CTM-Station (bus station). Of course a man came and wanted to offer us his hotel. We told him, we already booked a hotel, but he didn’t accept and tried to convince us for about half an hour..

The Nouvelle Ville of Fes was full of waste, actually the whole Morrocan landscape was full of waste, it seemed like nobody cleaned the country… very sad.

But the Medina, called Fes el Bali, was very clean and the city gates were beautiful. This Medina is considered the world largest car-free urban area. Also the Medina has the famous Karaouine-University, it is the oldest continually operating university in the world. But sadly you can’t visit it when you’re not Muslim…

In front of the doors of Fes is a very clean park with pubilc dustbins, I was really happy to see that after all the waste.

In Fes you can buy lots of stuff, and very good baker’s wares. Besides you can buy real good leather wares in the Medina, and look at the colorful and smelling tanneries. And there are a lot’s of fountains and cats, cats and cats..

Fes city gate

Fes city gate

clean park in Fes

Clean park in Fes

turquoise mosquee

Turquoise Mosquee

beautiful fountain

Beautiful fountain

Fes other city gate

Fes other city gate

great sweet stuff

Great sweet stuff

boy drinking from a fountain

Boy drinking from a fountain

kiddies in the medina

Kiddies in the medina

the tanneries

The Tanneries

baby cat

Baby cat

Also worth visiting is the jewish quarter Fes el Jedid, where you can buy a lots of stuff and see great wooden baconys in anadluisian style. In addition there is the King’s palace, but you can’t visit it, sadly.

Fès el Jdid

Fès el Jdid

A-Must-Do at Fes is a walk to the Marinids fortress along the city wall and really interesting rock formations. You will get an totally awesome few over the city, despite there is a lot of waste, even on the cementery… Also you can meet some animals, especially sheep and donkeys.

And a lots of poor people, especially horrible was to see a donkey which lost its hoof. They don’t have so much veterinarians..

olive trees and the city wall

Olive trees and the city wall

Marinids Cemetery

Marinids Fortress

Marinids Cemetery

Family outing

cementary over Fes

Cemetary over Fes

Door to the Cementary

Door to the cemetary

Walking on the Rocks over Fes

Walking on the rocks over Fes

rocks around fes

Rocks around Fes

men in traditional clothing

Man in traditional clothing

Lonesome Tree

Lonesome tree

tree over the city of Fes

Tree over the city of Fes

Me in front of the Fes city wall

Me in front of the Fes city wall

Great view over Fes

Great view over Fes

City wall

sheeps in front of Fes el Bali

Sheeps in front of Fes el Bali