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Going Local: Experiences and Encounters on the Road, by Tripatini member Nicholas Kontis
In Morocco, a Fez That Fits Beautifully
As a Westerner, this country at the western end of North Africa remains one of the most memorable I have ever visited, due in no small part to its “Imperial Cities” – Marrakesh, Rabat, Meknes, and Fez – so called because each was the capital of one or more of this land’s ruling dynasties over the centuries. And while Rabat is the current capital, if I absolutely were forced to choose my favourite, it might well be Morocco’s first and most frequent capital, Fez, in the country’s north. Founded at the end of the 8th century, this town grew from a dusty desert settlement as it served various ruling dynasties as their capital throughout much of the Middle Ages and most recently from 1727 to 1925 (when the mantle was passed to Rabat by the French colonisers). Today it’s the country’s second largest city after Casablanca, and considered Morocco's most... read more
An Insider's Guide to Rio's Ipanema Beach
When visitors to Rio de Janeiro ask me what I recommend, the reply is always the same: go to the beach! Ipanema might not have the calmest waters nor the most turquoise, but it is by far the most incredible beach I have ever been to. It is tantalizing to the senses! All you have to do is show up and the magical world of Rio will come to you. The best part is it all unfolds in a very relaxed fashion. You won’t find insistent vendors or pushy people here. The beautiful bodies, happy grandmas, sexy couples, futebol (soccer), volleyball, paddleball, live samba music, colorful bikinis for sale, hot beach snacks, ice-cold drinks, handmade toys, fragrant sunscreen and oils they'll all come right by. Your options are simple: keep reading
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