Morocco is located on the northwest coast of Africa and has ports in the North Atlantic Ocean as well as the Mediterranean Sea. It is the third most populous Arab country. Morocco shares the largest part of its border with Algeria to the East and Western Sahara to the South. The capital of Morocco is Rabat and its largest city is Casablanca.
My first mistake about Morocco was thinking that it being a Muslim country, geographically, made it a Middle Eastern territory. A huge mistake; it’s in Africa – North Africa to be exact.
Although colonized by the French, Morocco’s main language is Arabic, but French is its second language, followed by English.
Now, How to Travel to Morocco? Casablanca Tours
As a seasoned traveler, my preference is having numerous options, particularly when I know I have a budget. Of course, even when you have a budget it doesn’t mean that you want to have to minimize your experiences. However, as you consider your trip, think about the time of year you want to travel and the best options for how you will get from here to there.
We opted to utilize the experience of a tour company: Casablanca Tours and received first class service from the moment we boarded the plane to the arrival at our destination as part of their private tour package.
As you can imagine, the first leg of any trip is the mode of travel and your choice of airline and whether you sit in coach, business or first class begins your experience. I must admit, for me, flying first class is an experience—it can’t be explained nor described. But, remember this, it sets the tone for what is to come.
Once we arrived in Morocco our driver was patiently awaiting to take us to our hotel. Beautiful. As we drove through the city we were mesmerized. My mouth was wide open, and my eyes were afraid to blink for fear I might miss something. We almost forgot to pick up our cameras to capture the very essence of this country. As we pulled up to our first hotel, I am overtaken with emotion by the beauty and the scenery.
Moroccan Commitment to Service
From the moment the car pulled up, both the driver and bellman struggled to assist us with our luggage. Our comfort was their priority.
As we walked into the lobby, like magic the “butler” immediately offered us tea. Not just any old tea, Moroccan mint tea, loose tea, which was absolutely divine. You will never tire of this lovely touch of hospitality nor their delightful teas.
While our magnificent visit to Morocco may have been brief, we had the luxury of visiting a variety of hotels from the very intimate to the very lavish and one better than the next.
If you were to ask me to recommend a hotel I would honestly have to say check your wallet and plan accordingly.
Lasting Memories – Royal Deserts of Morocco
Enchanting and poetic are two words that immediately come to mind when describing Morocco.
Too often when we think of traveling to other continents we think about the distance and the length of time it is going to take to get there. I wonder if we might even talk ourselves out of a trip because of one simple word –distance.
Well, Morocco is to the Europeans as the Caribbean is to North America. Interestingly, the flight to Morocco can be compared to a flight to Los Angeles, LAX from New York, JFK; six hours going maybe seven back.
Moroccan history tells of the constant invasions and mixing of population. This explains how big of a role diversity plays with its people, either culturally, spiritually and visibly. Morocco’s people are quite exotic to say the least. The beautiful Moroccans skin tones come in various shades and hues.
From the moment I landed on the ground I fell in love instantly and knew at that exact moment, that I would forever be attached to Morocco. The first thing I noticed was a sea of beautifully created people. The skin tones ranged from the very pale to the very dark, speaking both Arabic and French often times simultaneously in a conversation with pure ease.
But this is no big surprise, I learned there are so many people from diplomatic royalty to artistic stars—such as, my sister in my head, Josephine Baker who fell in love with this country and made it one of her homes. It would be my privilege to also be among those greats to have a home.
I am a woman of color in every sense of the word. I love colors anywhere from bright to calming to vibrant. Color, can lift the spirit of a depressed soul, but will empower the heart of a warrior.
In Morocco it is easy to see the role color plays in nature. The very sands are rich with the color of the golden sun, the earth is that of red clay and the slight glimpse of the reflection of the sky often seemed to never end from one shade of blue to another, making it impossible to choose which shade of blue suits your spirit.
The spirit of Morocco is in its natural beauty; it is reflected in their design, art and people. I can only speculate that it is those very natural resources that entice so many others before me to visit Morocco.
The next series of articles will introduce you to the best addresses to have in Morocco… enjoy the ride.
But if you can’t wait to read the next series of articles, contact Casablanca Tours immediately and have your own experience.
Over the past several years, Myrdith Leon-McCormack has evolved from one of the nation’s most successful Celebrity Manicurist, represented by Factory Downtown, to one of the most sought after branding experts with her firm MLM Represents as well as a Huffington Post blogger.
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As the Editorial Director of World Bride Magazine (WBM), she drives the magazine into the 21st century, where visions of people of color are seen in a more positive and progressive direction.