Category Archives: Morocco

Morocco

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My best Saskialein went on a trip to Morocco and this is what I received from her! You can’t see it very wel on the scan, but the stamp in tiny! So cute! I love the card, Thank you so much Saskia ♥

Morocco is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa. Geographically, Morocco is characterized by a rugged mountainous interior and large portions of desert. It is one of only three countries (with Spain and France) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. The Arabic name al-Mamlakah al-Maghribiyah (Arabic: المملكة المغربية‎, meaning “The Western Kingdom”) and Al-Maghrib (Arabic:المغرب‎, meaning “The West”) are commonly used as alternate names.

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Although the majority of residents are either Arabic or Berber, Marrakesh is very multi lingual—from business people to shopkeepers—most will be able to pin-point your nationality before you utter a single word.

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marché aux tissus, Morocco

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Here goes my second postcard from woderful Morocco! Thank you very much Marwa! It is just a lovely card and it was so worth waiting almost a month for it to get to me. Btw marché aux tissus is french and means something along textile market.

Here go some interesting facts about this lovely country:

Fact 1
“Al-Mamlaka-al-Maghribiya” is Morocco’s full Arabic name. In English this translates to- The Western Kingdom.
Fact 2
In Morocco, if somebody refuses to take your “no” for an answer, all you have to do is say “Insha’allah” which will settle the matter for you. The English translation of this word is- If God wills it. Allah is the God of the Muslims.
Fact 3
Kisses on the cheek are exchanged as a form of greeting. If you know the person you meet a little better, more kisses are exchanged.
Fact 4
In Moroccan culture, traditionally the liver and not the heart, is considered to be the symbol of love.
Fact 5
It is common practice for Moroccan’s to extend invitations to their home. However, remember that the invitation is a genuine one only if it is extended three times.
Fact 6
If you decline to eat meat in Morocco, you are considered to be impolite and handling food with your left hand, makes you doubly so.
Fact 7
The University of Al-Karouine in Fez is the oldest continuously operational university in the world and was established in 859 AD.
Fact 8
Some say that the Sidi Yahya shrine that is located in the Moroccan city of Oujda is actually John the Baptist’s tomb.
Fact 9
There was a time when selling a date tree in Morocco was illegal as it was considered to be a source of food for families.
Fact 10
A large number of movies are shot in this exotic Country. In the year 2000, “Gladiator” was filmed here.

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Tangier, Morocco

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My first postcard from Morocco!!!! Thank you very much Omar!!!

Tangier is a city in northern Morocco with a population of about 700,000 (2012 estimates). The city is also occasionally known as Tangiers. It lies on the North African coast at the western entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Spartel. It is the capital of the Tangier-Tetouan Region and of the Tangier-Asilah prefecture of Morocco.

The history of Tangier is very rich due to the historical presence of many civilizations and cultures starting from the 5th century BC. Between the period of being a Berber settlement and then a Phoenician town to the independence era around the 1950s, Tangier was a refuge for many cultures. In 1923, Tangier was considered as having international status by foreign colonial powers, and became a destination for many European and American diplomats, spies, writers and businessmen.

The city is currently undergoing rapid development and modernization. Projects include new 5-star hotels along the bay, a modern business district called Tangier City Center, a new airport terminal and a new football stadium. Tangier’s economy is also set to benefit greatly from the new Tanger-Med port.

Tangier’s sport team I.R.T. (or Ittihad Riadi de Tanger) is a prominent football club with a large following base. Tangier will be one of the host cities for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations football tournament, which shall be played at the new Ibn Batouta Stadium and in other cities across Morocco.

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