The Blue City of Chefchaouen

My apologies for missing last week’s Thursday Door’s post.  I had other things to accomplish and the next you know, it’s past Thursday and Friday’s deadlines before Norm closed the door for the week.

I left you at the front door of posting our tour at Chefchaouen so it’s time to let you in.  I am still reviewing and reminiscing about our time there this past February (and it seems like such a long time ago due to being sheltered in place).  During the planning of this trip my wife said we had to include this destination when visiting Morocco and I had no idea what this place was but the planning required altering our original tour plans and eventually finding a tour that included this destination so everything was good.

The blue city is how they describe this place and our tour guide told us, expect many small streets and alleyways with buildings painted blue.  A must see tourist destination these days after the word got out!  Chefchaouen has an interesting history but I’m going to take the easy route and provide you with the Wikipedia link after just a brief synopsis from the Wikipedia background:

“Chefchaouen is a popular tourist destination because of its proximity to Tangier and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. There are approximately two hundred hotels catering to the summer influx of European tourists. One distinction possessed by Chefchaouen is its blue-rinsed houses and buildings.

It’s a popular shopping destination as well, as it offers many native handicrafts that are not available elsewhere in Morocco, such as wool garments and woven blankets. The goat cheese native to the area is also popular with tourists.

The countryside around it has a reputation for being a prolific source of kief. The Chefchaouen region is one of the main producers of cannabis in Morocco.”  More information about this kasbah (fortress) can be found HERE.

The paragraph above was new information to me; I must have been too busy doing my street photography and did not hear that this was a major area for growing weed, if it was discussed.  I certainly did not see anyone smoking or smell any odors of weed while there.

We headed to the main plaza to begin the tour of this kasbah and passed some picturesque blue buildings and doors.

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Nice place to sit and chat; even to smoke some weed if you had some.

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This place reminds me of the Greece with the white and blue buildings.

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Tunnels and alleyways are typical in this city.

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There were a lot of people around but I managed to capture this image of solitude.

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I’m going to stop here and continue the tour in future posts.

Thank you for visiting my post and thanks again to Norm 2.0 for his creation of the Thursday Doors website that gives us bloggers an outlet to let our thoughts be put on paper or in this case, web space.  For more posts and photos of doors by others please go to: Thursday Doors.

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