A Six Month Odyssey

We won’t eat overnight considering the amount of lunch we have, but I start peckish around 8 … I do have half a taco.

He will not have anything. He is still full from lunch. The riad does cook food but you must give notice in advance. The cook can make some cous cous ups if that’s ok. I was very happy with it and it turns out Shane, who won’t have anything tonight because he’s still chockers from lunch! Honestly, both of these meals were terrible and included salad and 2 tagous cous cous and lovely vegetables and lamb.

We have an extraordinary day today exploring the city and its outer regions. The beautiful park here behind the city, Perdicaris Park, is owned by a US diplomat, Ion Perdicaris, who built a house on 70 hectares in 1872. He was kidnapped in 1924 and after being released, he and his wife left Tangier to return. to the US. The property now belongs to the state of Moroccon. The story on the sign in the park tells a different story. It was said that his wife was seriously ill living in the city, and after spending a long time living in the country, he became naturally healthy again. He was very grateful that he donated his wealth to people before he left for the United States.

Mmmm …. I know which explanation I am leaning on.

Grottes d’Hercule, or Cave of Hercules! According to Greek mythology, this is where Hercules rested after he separated Africa from Europe !! Inhabited for more than 7000 years, the caves were used as quarried quarries, even as far as the Phoenicians! The picture where the sea comes out of the cave is amazing and looks like a reverse map of Africa itself!

Our guide today, Achraf, is a wonderful man, and the locals in Tangier. You can’t put a price on the places he brought in Medina today. “Come here,” he gestured gently outside the small door, “you will not believe what you can see here …”. As we followed him down a small, dark, narrow, open-air staircase, and we saw an old man below us, placing and removing bread from a wood oven that was pushed far into the wall. This is a general oven! When we went down to him, he welcomed us warmly and continued his business. He has been doing this for 47 years. Nobody was asked to cook. A man came to get a tray of biscuits he bought to cook earlier, and offered us one of the trays. That is dangerous. Another woman came to collect the bread she had been to before, but was not ready. He will come back later. Oh look …. out comes the eggplant tray!

We were fascinated by the warmth and friendliness of the people in Tangier. “Welcome to Morocco,” they say, smiling wherever we go. From rich people who work in expensive art shops, to men in scarf shops who then take you to a tapestry shop, who understand that a happy wife means a happy life, to a designer who owns a djellaba (mens robe) shop and Shane has tried them to cheer me up, and the man at the herbal medicine shop who could send argan oil to my door at a great price – without exception, all these people were very happy to talk with us about what they were doing and were equally happy to congratulate us – no hard sales here.

Lunch is another mega food extravaganza! We can not avoid it! Today almost 6 courses; Bread and sauce with olives, salad, chicken and vegetables with cous cous, fruit, baklava and mint tea.

We will not have dinner tonight considering the amount of lunch we have! Where do you see this? 😆