Casablanca’s Journées du patrimoine 11 to 14 May 2017

Art deco Casablanca Morocco

Casablanca. It’s a city that, despite the traffic, is really starting to grow on me. You see back in November when my sister flew in from Toronto, I went to Casablanca to pick her up from the airport. I had avoided the city for five years after an unfortunate event that changed my life for a … Continue reading

Where to stay in Essaouira Morocco

You see, I don’t really want to share this secret with you out of fear that my preferred retreat in Essaouira will no longer be available when I need a break from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. But Dar 91 owners Jeremy and Paolo are just too sweet not to let readers in on my top … Continue reading

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

Azemmour, Morocco’s off-the-beaten path small town

Azemmour Morocco, Copyright Mandy Sinclair

“Have I just been dumped in a field?” asked this gal upon disembarking the train in Azemmour. “Yes,” I responded, “but just walk to the top of the road and you’ll find a taxi.” And so started our weekend getaway in coastal Azemmour, a town where tourism is still relatively undeveloped and street art livens … Continue reading

My wish for 2016

Don't be mean Copyright Mandy Sinclair

As we celebrate the beginning of another year, my wish for 2016 is simple – respect. With all that’s happening in the world, I truly hope that we can respect other cultures, other ways of living, and situations other than our own. Respect when it comes to freedom of speech (there is a fine line … Continue reading

Best of 2015

Copyright Mandy Sinclair

It’s time to look back on the year that was. The other night I was enjoying a glass of mulled wine with a dear friend, discussing how far we had come in the past year. You see, 2015 was a year of growth. Personal, professional and emotional. It was an enriching year as I engaged … Continue reading

Merry Christmas from Morocco

Essaouira Morocco, Copyright Mandy Sinclair

This year I’m spending Christmas in Morocco. Essaouira to be exact. You see, during summer break I decided I was tired of airport travel and with all that is going on in the world I couldn’t bear the thought of having to take off my shoes, belt, coat and unpack my camera, MacBook, Samsung Galaxy … Continue reading

A week at the Marrakech International Film Festival

Marrakech International Film Festival Copyright Mandy Sinclair

Wowza! What a week it’s been heading off to films, meeting friends for coffees in between to discuss our thoughts on various films, lunches and more! For the first time I was able to see about half of the 15 competition films, having picked the titles I saw based on interest but also on scheduling (I … Continue reading

Marrakech International Film Festival rolls out the red carpet for Canadian cinema

It’s finally here! We’ve been hearing bits and pieces of information about the Marrakech International Film Festival for month now and today the printed schedule was finally released (the festival starts on 4 December 2015). So after sipping café au lait, nibbling on macaroons and gossiping about boyfriends at Amandine in Gueliz, my festival pal and I … Continue reading