Saffron harvest in the Ourika Valley

Saffron Gardens Ourika Valley Morocco Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Once in awhile a break from routine is necessary. On this day out in the Ourika Valley that’s just what we did. We wandered amongst the gardens and saffron crocus fields. And sipped mint tea under the olive trees and date palms. Ate a breakfast of local in-season fruits and dipped our freshly baked bread in … Continue reading

Essaouira’s Festival of Atlantic Andalusian Music

Benjamin Bouzaglo in Essaouira at Festival des Andalusie Atlantiques Copyright Mandy Sinclair

It all started during a week-long adventure through Andalusia with one of my favourite gals. We had arrived in Cordoba where it was raining heavily, so we retreated to a wonderful Andalusian-style restaurant serving the most amazing Sephardic cuisine. As we sipped wine and sampled amazing dishes from the region, the sun broke through and … Continue reading