Monday, February 28, 2011

Fez Morocco

Hi everyone,  ready for more travel log?  I wanted to share some of my pictures from Morocco.  It was an experience like no other.  Before our trip Janet had hired a tour guide to take us to Fez, Morocco one of the four imperial cities. Our destination was to the Old Walled City. We had a few snafus finding the guide when the Cruise ship docked in Casablanca.  We were only a tad worried when one of the taxi drivers pleaded with us not to leave the immediate area of the ship to find our tour guide because it would not be safe for us.   (I believe him now). We didn't spend any time in Casablanca which is actually a very modern city.  We headed straight to Fez just a quick 3 hours down the road, through the rain that came out of nowhere when we were well on our way, and didn't have proper rain gear with us. 

This is one of the first things we saw when we arrived in the city.  All these men out in the grassy areas exercising.  It was strange.  Also no women to be seen.

Jungmee and I enjoying the rain and getting ready to see the sites!

Interesting and beautiful architecture.

The entrance to the old city.  It would be so easy to get lost in here and never find your way out.
An old vendor. Selling lemons, limes and other spices.
Eggs for sale.  No cars can get into the old city because it is small alley ways.  People use these carts and donkeys and horses to bring supplies in.  Pedestrians must give right of way to them.
Inside the courtyard of the mosque.  We had to wait for their prayers to finish before entering.  You can see some of the people in the covered area who had just finished prayer.  They wash their feet in the pool of water and then they also put some of the water in their mouth.  When it is time for prayer music is played on loud speakers all over the city.  You can hear it everywhere.

Here is the whole gang in the Mosque.
Marian, Angie, Florence, Janet, Me, Lori, Jungmee, Karen
This is our tour guide in his traditional clothing.  Many people wore these.  They have a white dress shirt and this covering that looks like a bathrobe.  The hat is pointed and the hemline is just high enough that it doesn't get wet or muddy, then they wear dress socks and dress shoes.
Some of the shops....

We went to use a women's bathroom in a restaurant.  The bathroom for women was on the top of the building.  We had to go on the roof to get to it.  This was the view from the roof.  I guess they are all getting some TV time.
These are pictures from the leather district.
The smell here was absolutely unbelievable and not in a good way.  This are the tubs that the leather is processed and dyed in.

These are some of the leather shoes that they make.  The one thing I regret not purchasing.
These are large metal tubs from the metal district.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Something New

I love PINTEREST!  I have always felt a bit frustrated when I see fabulous pictures of all variety of things online and can't  remember where I saw them.  Solution:   Pinterest.  It is fantastic.  I love it.  It is addicting.  You must try it.

So what is it? When you see something you love you pin it to your pin board.  You have your own personal catalog of things you love in categories you choose. It is great because it gives proper credit where it is due.  Those items you pin stay on your board.  You can follow others boards and see what they love and are inspired by.

So please sign up here.  Request an invite and then invite your friends.

Make sure you use the Pin It  bookmarklet.  It makes it so quick and easy to pin images from anywhere.
I love to browse the pins on pinterest and repin them to my boards.   For example.....

someone had pinned this from  I repinned it to my "For The Home Board". Now some day when I really get my act together and want to do this in my hallway I will know right where to find it.

Or how about this...A quote I liked
this from  Now it is on my thoughts pin board.

 So please join.... and lets follow each other.  

ps  Click on pinterest in the left sidebar at the top of my blog and you will see my pin boards. Now you really want to join! 

Thursday, February 24, 2011


That's right a big hiccup happened. I had great plans this month for the old blog but a big  snafu happened.  I won't go into the details I'll just say it is difficult to blog when you don't have a camera or a computer.  Oh well, here's to starting over.  I guess I will start by just posting an old picture since I am no longer the proud owner of the pictures from the last year of my life.  Enjoy and come back soon.  Maybe I'll get to some more photos of my European vacation. (I do still have those photos)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Joy of Love

Happy February.  I am participating in a FREE 28-day lass from Willette Photography….the JOY of love!

Participants will receive daily email prompts/photo assignments with some tutorial/instruction built into the daily email lesson.  It is that easy.  She will email you every morning, and you follow the assignment/prompt if you would like.  She has created a public flickr gallery where you can share if you so choose.

It's not too late to participate.  Just click on the Joy of Love badge  in the upper left corner of my page here and it will tell you how to participate.

The photo above is my day 01: What they do.  It's a bit of a cheat since I took this picture last year. I need more people around this place to photograph.  I guess I may have to get out more this month!  I am thinking of doing all of my pictures for the class in black and white.  Let me know if you decide to participate and I will look for your photos.