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Chefchaouen - Morocco's Blue City

On the 7th day of our Moroccan adventure we woke up in Fes and after breakfast had a driver (booked via our riad Dar Victoria) waiting for us. He took us on a three hour ride further north of Morocco to Chefchaouen pronounced Shafshāwan. Chefchaouen is famous for its head to toe blueness.. There are several theories as to why the walls were painted blue. One popular theory is that the blue keeps mosquitos away, another is that Jews introduced the blue when they took refuge from Hitler in the 1930s. The blue is said to symbolize the sky and heaven, and serve as a reminder to lead a spiritual life.



We arrived around noon.. just in time for lunch and it had been forever since we had pizza.. thankfully we spotted Mandala and our tummies were so happy!


Afterwards we just strolled.




In that above picture we have a tantrum in progress..



 




we spent about four hours just strolling the streets and taking in all the various shades of blue. We made a stop at La Botica de la Abuela Aladdin to buy soap for some family members.. the place is amazing.. even if you are not looking to purchase.


and with that our Moroccan adventure came to an end.. we knew we would be arrive back at the riad late so we asked them to prepare a meal for us.. spaghetti for the boys and chicken skewers on rice for us. They did not disappoint. We packed after the boys went to sleep and in the morning another driver took us to the Casablanca airport 4 hours away.. 

But the vacation didn't end there.. we had another stop to make before we went home.

Note: While we started our trip from Marrakesh and made are way up to the north of Morocco we went a few fellow American travelers while in the dessert who flew into Casablanca, took a train to Fes and then made their way south to the dessert and lastly Marrakesh. During all my planning that was an itinerary that had never crossed my mind.. 

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49 comments:

  1. OMG!! Really beautiful <33 I would like to come to Marocco ;)

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  2. Amazing! And I love the “tantrum in progress” photo. Your kids are so lucky to be able to travel like this! Will you adopt me? ;)

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    1. thank you. Let's get the paper work started! ;)

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  3. These walls are incredible! I adore these shades of blue. Gorgeous pics!

    https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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  4. What a cool place to visit! Adding it to my bucket list!

    xoxo,
    Meredith
    NO BASIS IN REALITY | LATEST POST | INSTAGRAM

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    1. Oh absolutely.. it was a gorgeous country.

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  5. This place looks so pretty! Can't wait to visit one day.

    x Merel
    www.andathousandwords.com

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    1. I hope you do.. soon. It's really stunning

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  6. Ehrmahgerd! I can't believe I've never heard of Chefchaouen before (thanks for telling us how it's pronounced too!:D). What a beautiful place. I love blue, so this is just right up my alley. Hena, please take me next time you go! hehe
    PS I'd be so poor after if I ever go to Morocco. The market shopping alone would be like heaven.

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    1. The shopping is amazing.. and the blue so exquisite.
      Absolutely.. let's go!

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  7. Oh, my - I'm enthralled by all that blue! It's gorgeous!!

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  8. gah! you look beautiful and your son doesn't look like he is tantruming :) (I do not miss that about the little ones....)

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    1. He was most definitely tantruming.. lol.. he was so over the picture taking and wanted to get juice.. NOW!

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  9. Those blue walls are beautiful!

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  10. I love all the shades of blue. I love how relaxed you are and how much fun you all had. Thanks for the card love!

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    1. After much trial and error we are slowly learning how to take it easy while travelling with kids.
      I am feeling much inclined to ask you to make one for me for my birthday.. I'd feel honered to have one of those beauties :)

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  11. So pretty! I just love these hues of blue. This would be a great place for an outfit photo. I love the colors you are wearing against the buildings!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  12. Interesting! I think I should paint our house blue to keep the mozzies away! Beautiful photos as always, Hena.

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  13. It's always so interesting to hear how other people put together their trip---you can learn so much from them for the next time!!
    What a fabulous place---it would be so gorgeous to live there!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Agreed.. interesting indeed.

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  14. This place looks so amazing, I love how everything is blue
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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    1. It was so cool.. so many shades of blue!

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  15. its beautiful place and pictures are also very good.

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  16. You have such a beautiful family...I guess you all had much fun.

    Glowyshoes's blog

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  17. This place is amaaaazing! I'm loving all that blue!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  18. Wow this looks stunning! Thank you so much for sharing, the photos are stunning xx

    http://www.thatnewdress.com

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  19. We love Morocco and we are sad we couldn't make to that beautiful city! guess we have to come back :D
    Sending all the love,
    xx

    Patricia & Miguel
    www.freeoversea.com

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    1. Oh! It was so very far away but I'm glad we made the trip.

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  20. What a beautiful celebration of the color blue. If it's true that the color blue keeps mosquitos away, I need to paint my terrace blue ;p

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    1. So true! I do wonder if that's true

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  21. I am totally loving all the blue in these photos!!!

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  22. I quite fancy living in a blue town, how pretty, particularly with the sun shining. Thanks for showing us around. The dress you are wearing on these photos is stunning. x

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  23. This blue houses and doors are looking so amazing! I love it!

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  24. Gorgeous pictures, what an amazing place!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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  25. Wow, amazing shades of blue!
    Kisses, Paola.

    Expressyourself

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  26. Oh wow, this is such a cool location!

    -Kati
    Almost Stylish

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