It's Week Three and we are off to experience Morocco’s path less travelled. First stop is the enchanting city of Chefchaouen that sits under the red peaks of the Rif Mountains. Picture-perfect, Chefchaouen is known for the beguiling blue-washed buildings of its old town and you’ll spend two days wandering the medina’s winding streets, hiking in the hillside and learning about local Berber culture. Your final three nights will allow you to step back in time in Fez, Morocco’s imperial city. Here you will develop a deeper understanding into the history of this vibrant country, taking in the ancient architecture and exploring the city’s bustling souks. Discover a true taste of authentic Morocco.
Check out the full itinerary here
- Blitz the onions in a food processor
- Combine half the onion with the lamb, lemon zest, spices and parsley in a bowl, season with salt and pepper. Mix well with your hands and form mixture into walnut sized balls
- In a casserole dish or tagine with lid, heat the oil then add ginger, chilli, saffron and other half of the onions. Cook for 5 minutes until the onion is soft
- Add lemon juice, lamb stock, tomato purée and olives and bring to the boil
- Add the meatballs one by one, decrease heat and simmer for 20 minutes with the lid on. Turn the meatballs a couple of times
- Take off the lid and add the lemon wedges and coriander between the meatballs. Cook for a further 10 minutes, uncovered until the sauce has reduced and become slightly thicker
- Serve hot with a side of coucous for an authentic Moroccan feast
Alexander (2004) - Film
Shot on the streets of Marrakech, ‘Alexander’ is an epic and dazzling biopic about the Macedonian king, general and ruthless conqueror Alexander the Great, starring Angelina Jolie and Colin Farrell. The story tells of Alexander’s legendary rise to power as he pushes limits that no Macedonian king had before him, conquering the majority of the known world of his time by the age of 32, until his great empire’s eventual downfall.
Babel – Film
Babel follows four groups of people on three continents whose lives are intertwined through a series of misunderstandings. An accident connects a wealthy couple from the States holidaying in Morocco, their Mexican nanny who takes their kids across the Mexican border without parental permission, two Moroccan goatherders, and a Japanese widower and his deaf-mute teenage daughter, against a backdrop of tragedy and trauma. A powerful look at how interlinked humanity really is.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – Film
An action spy film set in various locations throughout Marrakech, and the fifth in the Mission: Impossible film series starring Tom Cruise. Cruise’s character Ethan is being hunted by the CIA after the IMF intelligence agency – of which Ethan was a key member - has shut down. It’s a race against time for him to prove the Sydincate, a rogue and mysterious terrorist organisation, exists and eradicate them before the their next attack.
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
In his psychological narrative, Paul Bowles examines alienation and existential fear as an American couple and their friend travel to North Africa after the Second World War, looking to escape their modern lives back home. Heading to the desert but uncertain of where exactly the trip will take them, they are faced with the danger that comes with the romantic idea of nomadic travel. Their ignorance of the unfamiliar surroundings and lack of understanding for an alien culture leads to a battle for survival.
Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud
An autobiographic novel by Esther Freud (daughter of painter Lucian and great-granddaughter of psychoanalytic Sigmund) which describes her unconventional upbringing in Morocco during the 1960s, where her mother uprooted she and her sister to when Esther was five years old, disenchanted by her lacklustre life in England.
The Blue Hour by Douglas Kennedy
A thriller that tells the story of Robin, a scrupulous accountant, who reluctantly agrees to travel to Morocco with her husband Paul, an artist and university professor who is twenty years her senior. Her lack of enthusiasm dissipates as she is immersed in the colourful world of Morocco where old and new combine in magnificent strangeness. That is, until Paul disappears without a trace and Robin finds herself at the centre of the police enquiry. She is forced to embark on a perilous journey for truth, discovering all is not always as it seems.