The Blue City

Northern Africa

Hey, y’all!  I am not going to lie.  It’s been a rough couple of weeks for me.  I almost did not write the newsletter for this week simply because I have no energy.  Then I thought, no! I will make myself write it, because sometimes things are hard, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do them!  For those of you who are reading this that don’t know, I am scheduled for surgery next week.  Not major, just a couple of slits and some taking out what is not needed, but still a very stressful thing.  The good thing about going through it is coming out on the other side better than before.  It’ll drastically improve my quality of life!

Also, on an AWESOME note!  I got go to see my favorite band at an awesome venue last night!  It was my second time to see them this year!  My sister-in-law and I went.  Yes, you read that right!  Us two actually get along!  Anyway, it was amazing.  The only thing that was missing was The Waffle Bus food truck that is usually at the venue.  It’s a tradition to get waffle fries after the Dirty Heads concert!  So we found where they are going to be today and are getting our waffle fries!

Moving on, this month is all about Africa!  I have never been, so it will be mainly me talking about places and adventures that I would like to go or do one day and interesting facts and information about the continent.  It’s HUGE and covers a lot of diverse terrain and ecosystems.  Just like Alaska it is in many cases a nature lovers paradise or anyone who wants some solitude and a change of scenery.  

The Blue City

photo: https://www.malloryontravel.com/2017/01/cool-places/africa/morocco/chefchaouen-exploring-blue-city/

I first learned about this city by a person I follow on Instagram.  Can’t social media be wonderful?! Blue is one of my favorite colors, so it’s no wonder that I would be drawn to a blue city.  Then I started to look at all the pictures taken there and OH MY GOSH!  Just look at this place.  Yes, the blue is wonderful, but also there are so many colors everywhere.  It has got to be one of the most colorful places on this planet.  It’s what I dream my back yard will someday look like.  Colored walls with colored pots with beautiful plants in them.  It’s truly must be a dream to walk those streets.

If you are wondering this city is in Morocco.  It’s actual name is Chefchauen.  Please if you see me, don’t ask me how to pronounce it.  I have never heard it spoken only seen it written down, so I am just as clueless!  

There are many theories on why the town was painted blue.  I find it kind of odd that no one really knows.  To me, it seems like something that would have been passed down in a story or some manor if a whole city decided to paint it’s self blue.  I believe the running theory is it was done to specifically attract tourist.  If that’s the case then it defiantly worked! Another theory is in 1492 the region got a large influx of Jews escaping the Spanish Inquisition and they brought their tradition of painting buildings blue.  Either way, it made for a beautiful city.

photo: https://trimmtravels.com/things-to-do-in-chefchaouen/

This city is not only a lovely blue hue, but it also offers a wide variety of hand crafted goods that are not found any where else in Morocco.  It’s also located in the Northwestern side of country which gives it a close proximity to Tangier (a large city) and is also easily reached from Spain.  Which makes perfect sense to why the city gears tourism mainly toward the Spanish.

I hope to one day be able to walk these streets, sit in a cafe, and have my picture taken while drinking a cup of tea or possibly coffee.  Hopefully by the time I get there I will have mastered my handstand and then can annoy everyone with my handstand pictures next to beautiful walls with fantastic bright pots and woven blankets on display.

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Hi, I'm Erin Lowe

Through Living Travel Designs, I craft custom vacations that get you engaging with the world around you—particularly on nature and wildlife-focused trips that leave you in awe. 

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