Panama Folio No. 1 [Green]

November 20th, 2015

AfricaAlgeriaEuropeFranceMoroccoScotlandThey Said

My Journals come in all sorts of colours. Folio no. 1 is a happy kelly green with gold stamped lettering. It remains my favourite one because it was my first one, and contains in its pages my first visits to Africa and the Middle East. Folio no. 2 is Schiaparelli pink with silver gilt. Folio … Continued

Perched upon sky blue stools that match the wooden square tables and painted archways of this small upstairs café. Hunched over sketchbooks, our backs resting on the propped open balcony doors that overlook the grandiose palace Mohammed Sixth. Men sing funeral hymns below, carrying a small wooden coffin the size of a child. Walking the … Continued

“I learnt the satisfaction which comes from hardship and the pleasure which springs from abstinence,” -Wilfred Thesiger, Arabian Sands, 1959 My son Walker wants to join me on an adventure in Morocco. I propose a rash undertaking, a trek to the Riff Mountains, the Mediterranean coastal range where the grass is greener, so they say… … Continued

Since I was a youngster, I dreamed of one day visiting Morocco. Towns and cities with exotic names such as Rabat, Casablanca, and Fez beckoned me from across the Atlantic Ocean. In 2008 when I researched direct flights from Los Angeles to Casablanca, Marrakesh, and Rabat, I noticed that most flights went via either London … Continued

This is an entry in the We Said Go Travel Writing Contest written by Kristin Daemon from America. Thanks for your entry Kristen! This was not the fancy tourist bus station.  There was nothing fancy or even civilized about this bus station in Marrakech and mine was the lightest, blondest head in the place.  Even … Continued

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get tired of this modern age: the constant beeping, the ringtones, the crashing lap tops. So after my third hard drive crash in as many months I decided to remove myself from the modern world, if only for a short while. Computers are made from silicon, right? … Continued

“I’ve always said I didn’t want kids because I wanted to travel and adventure… but meeting you guys has blown that argument out of the water…” I laughed over my wine glass as our backpacker guest of the evening proceeded to ask a million questions about “How we do it” with four kids, and expressed … Continued