In Tangier, Morocco “You Can Do Exactly What You Want”

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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.




I loved the architecture in Tangier


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.



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I did not want to get too far behind Steve


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Me in Tangier ~ photo by ©Kylie


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The colors are breathtaking in Tangier


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The neighborhood


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The coffee spots


Yes, you can get lost in the streets of Tangier

Be careful, you can get lost in the streets of Tangier


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Following the locals


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Entertainment in Tangier


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You can smell the spices and tea all along the marketplace


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All photos except one are taken by Nancy Moon, using the iPhone 6-plus or the Canon EOS 5D MarkIII.

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16 responses to “In Tangier, Morocco “You Can Do Exactly What You Want””

  1. Nancy says:

    What a sensory over-load!
    I want the fuchsia long dress of the woman who is trying to get around you. I don’t suppose she shared her designer?

  2. Steffie G says:

    Those photos are some of my all time favorites of yours. I especially love the video. Really captures the feeling of being in the labyrinth-like streets. When can we go back?

  3. Karen Nedler Quinn says:

    These photos are just gorgeous. And I love the architecture and designs of Tangier.

    • Nancy Moon says:

      The architecture was fantastic and those color, omg. Thanks for checking the blog post out. Hope you watched the video on the blog too.

  4. Steve Gordon says:

    unlike any place i’ve ever been, the people, the customs and centuries old buildings…what could be better.

  5. Thanks for sharing! Oh my God I die to go to Morocco and get lost in the Medina streets. I love the video, I feel that I was with you guys. I love to took pictures to Arab people. probably I will on problems with the people ja

    • Nancy Moon says:

      Wini, I want to go to other spots in Morocco, let’s get Peter to lead a workshop xx Thanks for reading and for looking at the video. I had fun putting it together.

  6. Victoria Clark says:

    I always feel like I’m on the trip with you when I see your wonderful photos.

  7. lorie says:

    Makes me want to travel to all of these amazing places,,you make them even that much more inviting,,I definitely have Morocco and Cuba on my list ,,one day xxxooo ,the photos are all amazing ,however I love love love the violinist,,my dad was a violinist. Thanks for taking me along on your wonderful journeys,I enjoy each and every one ,xxoo Fair winds ,

    • Nancy Moon says:

      These places were on my bucket list, and then suddenly I took the trips. Now I’m up to other things. Look at you, you lived in Panama and had all those experiences. 🙂

  8. laura says:

    Great pics and blog!! Remind me to tell you of my travels with my bestie in Morocco. Thanks for sharing and bringing back such fun (and hilarious) times! xo.

  9. Raffie says:

    Great photos nan! Amazing colors and architecture. Loved the video as well. Glad that we got the chance to go there while visiting Spain. Looking forward to the third installment of the Spain posts 😉