Stepping Back in Time at the Tin Mal Mosque

N'Fis Valley Morocco Copyright Mandy Sinclair

My grandmother once told me it’s not just about the destination, but also about the journey. And that rang so true as I headed off with a driver  to travel through the beautiful N’Fis Valley in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains en route to the Tin Mal Mosque. We passed riverbeds filled with olive trees, rugged … Continue reading

Just back from: Ouirgane Valley

Ouirgane Valley, Copyright Mandy Sinclair

It’s been a bit quiet on here lately. That’s because it’s been a bit bonkers in my office. But in a good way. I had the absolute pleasure of handling the international press and professional relations during the sixth edition of the Marrakech Biennale, meeting journalists from leading international publications. Just what I love. Then … Continue reading

Life in Marrakech, summer lovin’ edition

Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Summertime has come to an end. With cooler temperatures, the return of clients and high season just around the corner, the days of lazy morning coffees, afternoon naps and coastal escapes are over. After a busy spring with lots of travel, PR and event work, I needed a summer of relaxation. So I headed over … Continue reading

A Sunday morning in Ait Bougmez

Ait Bougmez Valley, Atlas Mountains Copyright Mandy Sinclair

The silence was deafening as I sipped cafe au lait overlooking the peaceful village and the valley below. Men worked the small plots of land by hand, using what seemed to be ancient tools. But an important role as the food produced would nourish the family throughout the summer months and provide a stock for the winter months. The apple … Continue reading

Travel Bucket List 2015: Ait Bougmez

Ait Bougemez Valley Morocco Copyright Mandy Sinclair

After having spent 2014 working on setting up my business and building contacts, I decided to make this the year I travel more. So when I found this quote on Instagram, I knew I had to make this my priority this year. So I’ve gone to two new places – Brussels and now I’ve just … Continue reading

How it all started: Day 10 and 11

Copyright Mandy Sinclair

After breakfast with a view, we left southern Morocco behind and made our way to the Atlas Mountains. And that involved crossing the Tizi n Tichka Pass. For those who may suffer from motion sickness, this is certainly going to be a difficult journey, and I highly recommend travelling with a private driver for safety … Continue reading

Village life

Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Perhaps because I grew up in a small town, I just love the little Berber villages scattered on mountain-sides throughout the Atlas Mountains. Colourful houses lead to welcoming homes. A simple way of life. Where brand-name clothes and accessories don’t seem to matter. Or getting a table at the newest restaurant in town is low … Continue reading

Springtime

Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Ah springtime.  My favourite season here in Morocco.  The temperatures are just right.  The days are getting longer.  And it’s time to just enjoy life before the heat of the summer hits. And with the fruit trees in blossom in the surrounding valleys, it’s the perfect time to head out of Marrakech. Breathe in the … Continue reading

What happened when I disconnected

I needed to get away.  From the city. Technology.  E-mails. My iPad. So I escaped to Bin Ouedine in the High Atlas Mountains. And it was here that a friend and I chatted under a tree, listening to the sounds of birds.  And the river passing.  While sipping mint tea and snacking on olive oil … Continue reading

Disconnecting

When I was little I used to dream of running away.  To my maternal grandparents’ house. I’d live there forever and read stories with my grandma and help her make dinner in the evening.  I’d play board games all afternoon with my grandpa.  And of course we’d go to the diner for milk shakes while … Continue reading