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A Brief (and Biased) History of Flavor

<i>Advanced civilizations were possible because there was a surplus of food, so not everyone had to farm all the time. Advanced civilizations are where cooking for survival changes to cuisine — cooking with awareness, for a purpose other than just to make food edible. —Linda Civitello, Cuisine and</i> …

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Sacrifice and Hope on Eid al-Adha

<b>When I was 9 years old,</b> I witnessed my first sacrifice. My family was visiting my grandparents in the small village where my parents grew up, about an hour drive from the city of Kayseri in central Turkey. We arrived to find a tiny goat tied up in the front yard. My grandfather had picked it out …

The 10 most beautiful destinations on Earth – by the world's greatest photographers

Billions of pictures swirl around the world every minute of every day. It takes patience, skill and experience, as well as a creative mind and a good eye, to take incredible photos that stand out from the digital maelstrom and make people stop and look. It helps the odds, of course, if you place …

The Secret Language of Istanbul’s Dream Weavers

“OK, Eleanor,” I say, fighting back a sneeze from the spice stalls and the other smells of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, surrounded by men smoking, …

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Meet the People Who Make the Marrakech Medina Tick

S<i>pice shops, snake charmers, and street food have long made</i> <i>Marrakech’s main square, the Djemaa el Fna, one of the world's greatest tourist</i> …

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Beyond the tourist circuit: Runners see the real Morocco during a mountain marathon

The runner emerged out of a pale green valley, disappearing briefly as she ducked around small hills spotted with scrubby camel grass. She was about five minutes away from completing the fourth stage of the Trans Atlas Marathon, a six-day, 170-mile trek through the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. …

The Turkish Designer And His Evil Eyes

In a bloody season where Turkey's vibrant summer has given way to the turbulent environment caused by frequent terrorist attacks -- including this weekend's IS bombing near a wedding in Gaziantep as well as the July failed coup attempt -- there are still those who passionately continue to believe …

Tracing Istanbul's Roman, Ottoman roots back to 7 hills

Glamour is what all great empires of the world used to show off their power, intimidating enemies by designing ravishingly beautiful buildings and …

From Ecuador to Turkey: Meet Istanbul's enterprising street vendors

It's midnight on a humid Friday in mid-July. Twenty-three-year-old Maribel Romero, a street vendor from Ecuador, lingers as a stream of passersby …

Mid-day at a Moroccan oasis: At the end of the last track in the Sahara, the wind whistles a scary tune

Twenty kilometres south of Arfoud, the road unravels like the thoughts of a madman.<p>All that indicates what lies beyond the horizon are tire tracks …

Inside Morocco’s Wild Game of Horses, Riders, and … a Puppet?

Wildlife<p>In a place that can only be called the remote plains of northern Morocco, a festival of a unique game on horseback takes place every year.<p>Arab tribes from the north gather to play a game similar to “capture the flag,” but on horseback with the goal being to capture a puppet. They call this …

Marrakesh to Merzouga, Morocco

Morocco is a nation socially at odds with itself; western, multicultural, cosmopolitan views combined with a strong, traditional Arab way of …

Not Sure Where to Travel? 7 Things You Need to Visit in This Country

Looking for a travel destination that will exceed your expectations? Try Morocco.<p>In 2011, Jen Rubio worked over at the infamous Warby Parker, where she met Stephanie Korey. In 2015, Jen made it to the Forbes 30 Under 30 and started her new company with Stephanie, who joined her in the ranks of the …

Travel

Soul Travel in Marrakech: 5 Sustainable Travel Tips. - Soul Travel Blog | Responsible Travel Inspiration

They say that every city has a signature sound.<p>If that’s the case then for Marrakech, for me, its sound is simply the muezzin. I don’t mean like any …

Travel

Funky Old Medinas: a slow trip through Morocco's Imperial Cities

Souks, snakes, mosques and a bit of baking. Graeme Green gets to know the 4 Imperial Cities of Morocco (Marrakech, Fez, Meknes and Rabat) on a …

Travel Photography

The most beautiful travel pictures of Morocco

View of the interior courtyard and beyond at Riad Laaroussa in Fez from <i>Condé Nast Traveller</i>, November 2014<p>Interior of Riad Fes in Fez from <i>Condé Nast</i> …

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In Photos: The Morocco Less Traveled

A T+L photo editor travels to Fez and Chefchaouen.<p>I booked tickets to Morocco to visit Chefchaouen, the city of blue. Nestled in the Rif Mountains, …

Travel Photography

A Designer’s Guide to Marrakech

New York interior designer Martin Raffone shares his favorite finds in Morocco’s Red City<p>From the ancient, winding souks of the medina to the super-chic shops of Guéliz, Marrakech is a city of stark contrasts. Donkeys carry loads of fresh mint, while Range Rovers idle outside luxury hotels. If …

A Magician from Memphis

Moroccan craftsmanship was on its way to extinction when an unknown decorator arrived in Marrakech in the 1960s. Bill Willis revived the skills of artisans—and the crumbling homes of expats—with a glory yet unmatched. At Villa Oasis, home of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, Willis's talent …

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The Aesthete: Looking at the legacy of interior designer Bill Willis

Bill Willis's intoxicating work in Morocco is the subject of a new monograph and can be seen in photographs from the AD archives<p>Americans with a creative bent sometimes thrive best far from their native land, finding true freedom of expression only after abandoning the land of the free. One such …

YSL: Yves Saint Laurent's Marrakesh

“Worry.”<p>That’s what Jalil Lespert, the director of a new film about the life of Yves Saint Laurent, the French designer, said he felt during his time shooting in Morocco, at the end of an exhausting schedule that had seen cast and crew retrace the steps of one of the most renowned people in 20th …

Matthew's Marrakesh

<b>Why Marrakesh?</b><br>“It’s so accessible and quick to get there. I’ve been a dozen times in the past 20 years. It’s got such a rich culture and it’s a …

The Aesthete Looks at Hotels and Restaurants in Marrakech

A return visit to Marrakech after six years away reveals a stylish international destination where rich tradition meets 21st-century luxury<p>My husband and I recognized the transformation instantly upon our arrival at Marrakech’s airport for a week’s vacation last April. After six years away from the …

I was Astonished by Morocco: Celia Sandys In Her Grandratner's Footsteps - The International Churchill Society

Finest Hour 113, Winter 2001-02<p>Page 34<p><b>*Winston Churchill’s article by this same title appeared in tke Daily Mail, 6 February 1936 (Woods C286),</b> …

Winston Churchill

Art, inspiration and local colour in Marrakech - Time Out Travel

<b>By Chris Waywell</b><p>High above us, the road wound up and up. Cars looked like grains of couscous; trucks like grains of couscous pulling grains of rice. …

A Guide To Ordering Coffee in Italy

A Guide To Ordering Coffee in Italy<p>Updated on November 19, 2016<p>It Began In The Tuscan Town of Vinci….<p>It may seem the simplest of things, but in Italy …

Italy

Going Beyond the Souk: Marrakech’s Secret Shopping Mecca

Here’s the thing about shopping in Marrakech: It can be a dreamy, out-of-body experience that’ll leave you with an overweight suitcase and a longing to return—but the sheer volume of options can seem wildly overwhelming. If you know where to go, however, you’re golden. The city is something of a …

Tangier’s new dawn – from artists' haven to boom town

Loved by Matisse and Jagger, Tangier is trying to reinvent itself as a Moroccan Saint-Tropez with a new port, marina and vast hotels. But for now there is still plenty of the rough-and-ready old city to explore<p>“Shish kebab,” the young man said to us with a grin, nodding to the freshly slaughtered …

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