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CNN GO travels to Marrakech

CNN GO travels to Marrakech

balloon ride Morocco Marrakech

This week we stumbled upon a lovely short film, watchable online, on CNN Go – the travel arm of CNN.

In the film, writer and hotelier Maryam Montague takes us on a hot air balloon ride over Morocco’s Red City and Chef Moha Fedal takes us on a scooter ride to his favourite market – Mellah Market. This is the old Jewish market which sells the freshest fish – sea bass, crab and so on – vegetables, fruit and meat. You can smell the spices as the chef walks you through the souks – wonderful! Keep watching as towards the end the chef shows how he cooks his amazing sea bass tagine in a beautiful flower-filled garden.

It’s a lively and interesting short film – around seven minutes – which shows the city from the perspective of those who love it. Tune in while it’s available, here:

http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/international/2014/07/09/spc-cnngo-marrakech-morocco-b.cnn.html

Al Maqam – near Marrakech

Al Maqam near Marrakech artists

An artist’s retreat with a difference, Al Maqam is located in the village of Tahanaout in the lower reaches of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. Al Maqam means ‘The Place’ in Arabic and it serves not only as an artist’s colony but also as gallery, library and a place to stay. There is nothing else quite like it in Morocco.

The painter Mohamed Mourabiti has been setting up Al Maqam for over a decade and now, carefully installing traditional home-wares and local paintings and now photographers, writers and artists flock to the centre to share ideas and inspiration. It is a supportive environment, and for those who struggle to pay the €50 for nightly accommodation, they have the option to pay with paintings or poems instead.

This unique, quiet place hosts workshops and also has paint materials for sale and a conference room – everything in fact that the artist needs. On average 100 international artists are hosted a year, and there are regular guests like the painter Abderrahim Yamou (www.yamou.com) and the French writer Michel Butor.

You can find out more here: http://almaqam.eklablog.fr/

 

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