This is the next instalment of my Special Moments, Magic Memories series for the 2022 A to Z Blog Challenge.
As newbie travellers to Europe many people will have Big Ben, or the Eiffel Tower on their to-visit list. For no good reason we hadn’t ventured to Spain until a few years ago and we decided we wanted to see the Moorish south-west with its Islamic influences. We really didn’t do as much homework beforehand as we could have, but that may have worked broadly in our favour when we got to Cordoba and went to visit the Mezquita-Cathedral.
Talk about a WOW moment!
Again, one of those where your jaw drops and you stand stunned for a bit before rotating in front of all you can see. It truly is spectacular as well as unusual combining a former mosque and a Catholic Cathedral. The architectural differences are noticeable and I fell in love with the mosque “half”. The Christian side was very ornate and bling with lots of gold and glitter.
Frustratingly my mobile phone had been stolen in Granada the day before so I was using a dodgy old phone and the photos aren’t as great.
Morocco had been on our bucket list for a while so when a small group (12) tour came up, we went for it. We’re normally independent travellers but either we’re getting old or we’re just getting lazy 😉
We absolutely loved Morocco and there was so much to be dazzled by that it’s nearly impossible to single out any particular place or thing. Instead, I’m going to leave you with a photo-journalism type insight into what we liked. I could have included twice as many images but held myself back 🙂 We especially liked the drive to Marrakesh with its twisting road through the Atlas Mountains – mountains, snow, villages, markets and shops.
We thoroughly enjoyed Fes, its historic sites and the medina. Not so much the smell of the tanneries 🙂 The noise and bustle of Marrakesh was stunning – sometimes literally – but there are usually quiet corners off lanes and alleys. We didn’t sign up to eat sheep’s head but we ate a lot of tagine along the way! Can’t say we dawdled near the snake handlers at the medina either.
We’d certainly consider a short side trip back to Fes or Marrakesh if we ever get to do another trip to Europe/UK some time. Revisit? Visit a new place? So pleased we got to do this trip.
Have you visited Spain or Morocco? What are your favourite memories?
Do you like seeing bright colours or do you prefer a more subtle colour palette?