Tangier is one of the few places left in the world where, so long as you don’t proceed to robbery, violence, or some form of crude, antisocial behavior, you can do exactly what you want.
— American novelist William S. Burroughs
When we visited southern Spain last month, I was most excited about visiting Tangier, Morocco. The European, Arabic, Islamic, and African influences make this such a historical and culturally rich spot, a place my family wanted to set foot in.
The trip was relatively easy, just a few hours drive from the coastal town in Spain where we were staying. We crossed the Straight of Gibraltar by ferry and arrived in Tangier, Morocco. How could we pass up this opportunity? Walking through the Kasbah and the Medina (old walled city within Tangier), these exotic parts of Tangier were exciting and a tad bit… well, forbidden, without a tour guide. Others have been lured by Tangier; artists Degas and Matisse, author Mark Twain and even The Rolling Stones in 1989 for a BBC special. Even though Tangier might not be a “destination” spot for many, it sure was a great place to experience Morocco.
Take a look at the fun little iPhone video I took as I walked through the market. I did my best to be invisible because we were told that cameras were not lovingly accepted.
All photos except one are taken by Nancy Moon, using the iPhone 6-plus or the Canon EOS 5D MarkIII.
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