Videos tagged with "wanderlusts"
World Travel with Wanderlusts, Channel Introduction [03:01]
In 2004 John and Cara got married for $35 at the local courthouse. They sold their cars and left their jobs for a two year honeymoon around the world. After returning home they had their first daughter Abigail. They traveled a summer in Spain and Morocco when Abi was only one year old and did some work for Lonely Planet and Trip Films. Now after having their second daughter Olivia, travel is significantly different for them with a full house. However, they still look for small adventures and hope to one day show the world to their little girls.
Tags: World, Travel, Wanderlusts, adventure, backbacking, budget, honeymoon, destination, nature, culture, tourism, holiday, family, children, channel, morocco, lonely, planet
End of the Roman Road, Volubilis; Morocco [03:33]
Morocco's most impressive and atmospheric ancient site is the roman city of Volubilis. From the Riad Fellousia in Meknes we grabbed a filling breakfast and headed out of town. The riad can arrange a special taxi to see the ruins as well as the nearby town of Moulay Idriss, home to Morocco's most venerated saint. Originally a Carthaginian trading post in the 3rd century BC, Volubilis gradually became distant Roman base in the 1st century AD and marked the farthest extent of the Imperial road. It had been continuously inhabited for over 2000 years until the Lisbon earthquake severely damaged the site and Moulay Ismail's dismantling of the city's marble to use the Imperial City in Meknes. Situated in some of the most fertile plains in North Africa, Volubilis provided Rome with a substantial supply of wheat and olives.
Tags: Volubilis, Morocco, ancient, roman, ruins, UNESCO, world, heritage, art, architecture, Meknes, mosaic, forum, basilica, wanderlusts, travel, Fellousia, Riad, Moroc, Marruecos, geography
Chefchaouen, Morocco [04:53]
Chefchaouen was initially a base for Riffian berber tribes from which attacks on Portuguese Ceuta were made. After the fall of Granada in 1492 there was a wave of Muslim and Jewish refugees that flooded into Morocco. Here they introduced a distinct Andalusian architectural style including tiled roofs, hanging balconies, and courtyards. The result is breathtaking. Narrow cobbled-stoned streets meander through a maze of blue. Thankfully dead end alleys are painted white which is incredibly helpful when getting around. The main square, the Plaza Uta el-Hammam, is the town social center with cafes and restaurants across from the Grand Mosque and newly restored Kasbah. This is the best and cheapest place to eat. It was our first taste of Morocco. Chefchaouen is also a great place to shop. Wood crafts and berber jewelery is prolific and made locally, but the the wool garments and rugs are the speciality here. Our accommodation was on a rooftop terrace with excellent views of the Plaza Uta -el Hammam and the Kasbah. After it cools a bit, heading out of the western gate to the falls makes for a pleasant walk. There are some great hikes into the Rif mountains from Chefchaouen, if you are a little less ambitious there is a trail up to the ruined Mosque that affords some great views of the town.
Tags: Chefchaouen, Morocco, Blue, Medina, Rif, Mountains, Plaza, uta, el, Hammam, kasbah, carpet, rug, tajine, couscous, Andalusian, architecture, family, travel, budget, Wanderlusts
Shopping in Marrakesh [04:24]
Shopping in Marrakesh is a mixed bag. You can find everything and anything from all over Morocco. Most goods are produced outside Marrakesh in small villages in the countryside and are cheaper their. Just north of the Djemaa el Fna most of the souks are like a grand bizzare. It is difficult to find artisans producing the crafts you want to buy. Head north around the Ben Youssef Medersa to find craftsmen producing wares by hand in the their shops. We were surprised to see how few tourists were shopping in Marrakesh. Things have definitely slowed down with the economic down turn. One real turn off about the medina is all motor bike traffic. Bikes fly through the small narrow streets with out regard to pedestrians. The exhaust of the bikes is another nuisance. There are no bikes in the Fez medina or in the Meknes medina so it disappointing to see it here in Marrakesh. Marrakesh is still a great place to shop and there are friendly people everywhere. We didnt see the high pressure sales that we expected.
Tags: Shopping, Marrakesh, Morocco, medina, souk, dyer, babouches, slippers, motor, bikes, travel, culture, wanderlusts, baby
Cité Portugaise and El Jadida [03:30]
El Jadida is located just south of Casablanca on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. In the early 1500s the Portuguese took control of the town and built a fortified medina called Mazagan called "Cite Portugaise" by the locals. Mazagan is noted by UNESCO as an "outstanding example of the interchange of influences between European and Moroccan cultures" and as an "early example of the realization of the Renaissance ideals integrated with Portuguese construction technology". The ramparts are some of the most interesting in Morocco and are great fun for the local kids to jump off of. There are several other interesting sites within the walled medina including the five sided lighthouse (now the minaret of the grand mosque), the Church of the Assumption, the communal bakery and the impressive Portuguese Cistern which was used in George Orwell's film Othello.
Tags: Cite, Portugaise, El, Jadida, Mazagan, Morocco, ramparts, fortress, medina, Portuguese, cistern, Church, Assumption, bakery, jumping, road, less, travelled, wanderlusts, baby
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