Morocco’s Southern Coast

First, let’s be clear, since I don’t want there to be any misunderstanding. There is an extensive coastline along Morocco’s most southern coast that, as of yet, I am not allowed to enter as a current Peace Corps volunteer. I want to visit Dakhla and Laayoune, insha’Allah, but I can’t. Not yet. So, this is not about the Moroccan/Western Sahara, rather this post is about … Continue reading Morocco’s Southern Coast

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Al Hoceima

Sometimes, after roughing it in the desert, a guy just needs to get away and be spoiled. What better way to do that than cheaply, during off-season at a almost empty, but swanky hotel? Especially, when the weather has been unseasonably warm and lovely. When I checked in to the Mercure Hotel in Al Hoceima. I was the only tenant in the entire hotel. In fact, … Continue reading Al Hoceima

Melilla

“If only I could be in Africa and Europe at the same time… Oh, wait! I can! I can go to Melilla!” I’m a fan of the odd, the unusual, the out of the ordinary, but when you combine that with some history, I’m hooked to the point of obsession. North Africa, or alternatively the southern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, has seen its share of … Continue reading Melilla

Castro Marim

Just over the Portuguese border from Spain is a little village with a big castle called Castro Marim. Tourist season was over, so we missed the shows that they apparently put on, which include dramatizations of medieval life and fighting knights. Unlike other castles we have visited, this one does well to show what life might have been like instead of just an empty shell which … Continue reading Castro Marim

Seville

After all the hustle and bustle of Barcelona, arriving in Seville was somewhat a relief. The city has a wonderful ‘old town,’ where our hotel was located and we spent lots of time wandering around this part of the city. But, the highlight of our time in Seville was getting to see friends from Washington State, Jenny and Loch. The day we spent with them … Continue reading Seville

Barcelona

After spending a few days along the northeastern Spanish coastal region known as Costa Brava, we took the train to Barcelona for a couple days as a stopover on our way to Seville. The capital of the Catalonia region, much like elsewhere in the area, there were flags everywhere in support of seeking independence from Spain. It seemed every balcony had one flying. Even the language … Continue reading Barcelona

Monkeys!

As perhaps not everyone knows, there are monkeys in Europe. They live within the tiny enclave known as Gibraltar, a peninsular Overseas British Territory abutting with the southernmost point of Spain. It forms one half of the Straights of Gibraltar, or alternatively, one of the “Pillars of Hercules” with the other being on the opposite side of the straight in Morocco, near Tangier. Yesterday, Erika and … Continue reading Monkeys!

Figueres and the Dali Museum

Salvador Dali was born in the town of Figueres, Spain which lies near the Spanish border with France along the Mediterranean coast. It is also the site of the Dali museum, the place in which he spent his last few years, and the place he is buried. It’s a wonderful little town quite proud of its most famous artist. Below are images of the town, including … Continue reading Figueres and the Dali Museum

Port Lligat and the Home of Salvador Dali

Not too far from Cadaqués, just north across the peninsula in fact, is the long-time home of Spanish/Catalonian artist, Salvador Dali, in Port Lligat. He loved to this small fishing village, so he bought a simple fisherman’s shack with the intention of living simply and honing his craft, though over the years, he purchased adjoining shacks and build extravagant additions to his home. After the death of … Continue reading Port Lligat and the Home of Salvador Dali

Llançà

Our first stop in Spain after a long travel day from Morocco, was the home of our dear friend Candace, Llançà. It’s a small, quiet village near the border of France along the Mediterranean coast. Idyllic? Absolutely! And, she was kind enough to not only host us, but drive us around the beautiful Costa Brava region. Below are images of both Llançà and the general Costa Brava … Continue reading Llançà