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El Moukef, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Marrakesh’s legendary La Mamounia, which dates back to the 12th century, reopened in 2009 after a meticulous three-year renovation by noted French architect and designer Jacques Garcia. Step behind its fabled doors and a sensory feast...
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Essaouira, Morocco
Boats sit in the harbour waiting for the green light before this sea of blue takes to... a sea of blue.
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75 Derb Rahba Lakdima, Marrakesh Medina 40000, Morocco
“A Medina institution, Café des Épices is all about the ambience on the square. It’s a great place to meet people and to grab a sandwich. I like their vegetarian sandwich, made with avocado and tomato, and a nous nous,...
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34 Derb l'Hotel Bab Doukala، مراكش 40000, Morocco
Haj Mohamed has made his name both as one of Marrakech’s top antique dealers and, for over three decades, one of its top tour guides, with clients ranging from U.S. presidents to celebrities like Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt. Both of his...
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Circuit de la palmeraie, Douar Abiad, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
No trip to Marrakesh is complete without a camel ride, right? We took a short taxi ride from the medina to La Palmeraie, a palm grove about 20 minutes from the city center. Off the main road of La Palmeraie were guides here and there, waiting with...
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Rue Assouel, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
At Ben Youssef Medersa, a 16th-century Koranic boarding school turned museum, visitors can see colorful mosaic zellij tiles and intricate stucco carvings inscribed with Muslim invocations. —Jennye Garibaldi
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Avenue Imam El Ghazali, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Surely one of the most extraordinary imperial relics of Morocco, the Palais Bahia (“the brilliant”) doesn’t disappoint. Built at the start of the 19th century by architect El Mekki for Si Moussa, the then chamberlain of Sultan...
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Marrakesh, Morocco
Marrakesh has been a trading city for over a thousand years, and tourists are only the latest visitors out to snag a bargain. Half the medina seems full of wonderful things to buy, with shopkeepers trying to reel you in to sample their wares – a...
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Sidi Bouloukat Djemaa el fna 53 Sidi Bouloukate، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Described by writer Tahir Shah as the “greatest show on Earth,” no visit to Marrakech would be complete without a visit to the famous night market on the Djemaa el Fna. Arrive before sunset and park yourself at one of the...
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Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Marrakesh can sometimes feel like a lot of hustle and bustle, but thankfully several green oases exist to help you reconnect with your inner calm. Many larger riads come complete with well-planted courtyard gardens, but for a hint of the...
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Medina, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
The walled Marrakesh medina is fascinating for its souks, the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa Square and the many museums. But in all of the excitement of Africa's busiest city, don't forget to get lost in the quieter pedestrian alleys that twist and wind...
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Place des Ferblantiers، Rue de Berrima، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
It’s a surprise that a Muslim country like Morocco has a developed wine and beer industry, aimed almost entirely at a domestic market. Although drinking in public is still frowned on, the country’s tipples are well worth exploring in...
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32 Derb Chorfa Lakbir، مراكش 40008, Morocco
Going to the hamman, or public bath-house is an essential part of the Marrakesh experience. After being scrubbed down in the steam room, you’ll never have felt as clean as you like. Upscale hammans now offer the best treatments to entice the...
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Thread your way through the carpet-buying scrum to Boutique Bel Hadj in Place Bab Fteuh, lined with antique necklaces made of African amber, coral, and turquoise beads. Also worth a look: the Tuareg and Fulani silver rings at Galery Marjana in the...
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Several people steered us to the Gemmayzeh district one night. We exited our taxi on the main street, Rue Gouraud, which is lined with bars, clubs, restaurants and people. Lots of people. The evening's festivities began at Dragonfly. After patting...

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Hamra, Beirut, Lebanon
One day during the IFPRI Food Secure Arab World conference in Beirut I decided to stroll the streets of Beyrouth with my colleague. It was so peaceful. Hard to believe the place was being bombed only a few years ago. The streets were calm, drivers...
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Levant
"I come to this beautiful, unique bookstore at least once a week. They carry an amazing collection of books on art, architecture, and photography, and they have a great magazine selection. You can have coffee, tea, and cake, then browse. I always...
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Levant
On our way back from the roman ruins of Baalbek we pass a beautiful mosque that I urge the driver to stop at.
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706 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
The birthplace of rock and roll—it’s that simple to describe what makes Sun Studio significant. In the summer of 1954, a young, unknown truck driver picked up a guitar during a session at 706 Union Avenue and made history with his recording of “...
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450 Mulberry St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
The National Civil Rights Museum symbolizes one of the darkest moments in the history of Memphis while serving as one of its great tourism points of pride. The museum opened in 1991 at the site of the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King...
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531 S Main St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
Looking for a dive bar where you can drink with ghosts in a former brothel? Earnestine & Hazel's is the spot. The longtime Memphis favorite is a quintessential dive bar complete with one of the best burgers in town, the Soul Burger. Pull up a...
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281 Lyon Ln, Birmingham, AL 35211, USA
A newer attraction in Birmingham, Red Mountain Park sits on and around the city’s most famous mountain and honors the coal and limestone fields that comprised iron-making and put the “Magic City” on the map. There are plenty of activities for...