Upon arrival in Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, you will be met and transferred by van to your Casablanca hotel, where you will check-in and relax for the afternoon.
The group will have a welcome meeting and orientation before heading out to dinner at a local restaurant.
In the north of Morocco, on the coasts of Tangier where the Mediterranean and Atlantic waters converge, you’ll discover a unique city bearing a multicultural heritage.
Stroll the streets of « the White »Tangier, they are lined with lime-coated houses. Just like Delacroix or Matisse did their upon arrival, let yourself be carried away by the dreamy atmosphere that covers the city. At the foot of the high walls of the "Kasbah", roam through the alleys of the great "Socco", and admire the fortress that dominates the medina. A little far away, explore the "Sultan's Palace" which is nowaydays dedicated to the arts of Morocco. Tangier is alsos renowned for the Spanish influence on its culture, starting with the arena that stands on the "Plaza de Torros", not to mention the "Cervantes" theatre built in 1913.
It is hard to say goodbye. but, this is the farewell day...Transfer to Casablanca Mohamed 5 International Airport.
The Joy of Plein Air Watercolor Painting and Sketching in Southern Morocco
Take a journey into a land of possibilities as you spend your days capturing the magic of Morocco in paint. Leslie Lambert will guide you on how to simplify and become comfortable with capturing scenes en plein air that fill a visual journal or can be used for larger pieces of work. We will observe and explore the land and people while sketching, painting, and photographing. You will become skilled in observation and quickly capturing the beauty that surrounds us on this journey.
Once home, Leslie will show through a zoom workshop, how to combine your sketches and photographs into a more complete and finished painting.
Leslie Lambert, also known as Leslie Redhead, is an artist, teacher, illustrator, and author known for her dramatic watercolors. Her art focuses on the combination of spontaneity and detail that watercolor has to offer. She continues to explore the possibilities and pushes the medium beyond its limitations to achieve luminous and incredible results.
Leslie’s paintings are in private and corporate collections worldwide. Leslie is a Professor at University of Victoria, British Columbia. She has a Master of Education in Art Education and holds signatures with Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC), Leslie conducts workshops in Canada, the U.S., and Spain. She currently resides near Spokane, WA, USA
Her work is featured in Splash 10: Passionate Brushstrokes from the Splash: Best of Watercolor series, Leslie Redhead: the life of an artist, and Making It! Case Studies of Successful Canadian Artists. She is the author of Watercolor 365 and the illustrator the children’s book, Island in the Salish Sea.
Paper: 6-8 quarter sheets (11 x 15”) 100% cotton 140 lb cold press watercolor paper
Watercolor Sketchbook: (around 8.5x11”)
Brushes: #6 and #12 round watercolor brushes, 2-3 brushes that hold water (waterbrushes)
Palette: small travel palette
Paint: (5ml or 14 ml size tubes)
French Ultramarine Blue
Winsor Blue (green shade) or Thalo Blue
Quinacridone Burnt Orange or Burnt Sienna
Any color that you absolutely love
Small misting spray bottle
Small saltshaker with salt (put tape on top and into a Ziploc bag so avoid spills)
Lightweight board to tape paper to (foamcore works – I bring 2 pieces with the paper protected in between)
Camera (phone works if you prefer)
Collapsible water container
Water bottle (to carry paint water)
Micron ink pens (2-3 sizes)
Located in the Ounila Valley, a 10-minute walk from the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou, Caravane offers a Berber lounge with a TV and iPod docking station, an outdoor swimming pool and 2 terraces.
Decorated in a Kasbah-style, the air-conditioned rooms at Caravane feature a wardrobe, and the private bathrooms are complete with a shower and toilet.
The restaurant serves a variety of regional specialties, and Cravane can organize excursions in the surrounding area.
The guest house is 21 mi from Ouarzazate. Wi-Fi is free of charge in the entire property.
Set in Ouarzazate, Riad offers Moroccan, Berber design, in the heart of the Skoura palm grove. It has a garden, a seasonal and several terraces with seating area.
The air-conditioned guest rooms offer mountain views and are equipped with a TV, a wardrobe and an en suite bathroom with shower. Guests can relax by the fireplace in the common room.
At Ait Ben Hada, breakfast can be served in the comfort of guest rooms or on the terrace. Guests can also ask for room service or sample Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant.
With garden views, Desert Luxury Camp is located in Merzouga and has a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk, bar, garden, grill and sun terrace. The luxury tent features both WiFi and private parking free of charge.
There's a private bathroom with bidet in some units, along with bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries.
Desert Luxury Camp offers a continental or à la carte breakfast
One of the most striking features of Moroccan cooking is the quality and fquality and freshnes of the ingredients. Produce comes from a land without pesticides, chemicals,
hormones or preservatives. Animals
are slaughtered just hours before they are este The meat you are offered will generally be mutton, not lamb. Market vegetables whave been gathered that morning. Spices, herbs, fresh fruit, nuts and dried fruthae an invigorating vitality completely removed from the packaged and imported products available in much of Europe and North America.
lo encourage you, here are
explanations of some of the most common and popular Moroccan traditional dishes (for details of Arab and French pronunciation,see Language,
Harira: a thick soup of chick peas, lentils and haricot beans often
flavoured witn mutton or chicken, lemon and tarragon.mutton or chicken, lemon and tarragon.
Brochettes: Grilled kebabs of mutton, liver and fat.
Kefta: Spicy meatballs made of minced mutton and offal, often served in a negg sauce.
Pastilla/bastilla: A pie made up of multiple layers of flaky pastry filled With y
chopped pigeon meat, eggs, almonds and spices. Chicken or fish may be used instead of pigeon.
Tagine: Along with couscous, this is the most universal of Moroccan dishes
slowly simmered stew,cooked in its own juices in an earthenware bowl with a distinctive conical lid. The tagine provides the foundation for using a whole spectrum
of ingredients, spices and styles. The most popular variants found on most menus across Morocco are: tagine de viande (mutton stew cooked with vegetables or serve
alone with prunes); tagine de
poisson (bream or sardine stew cooked with tomatoe and herbs); tagine de lapin (rabbit stew); and tagine de poulet aux olives et citron
(a delicious chicken stew cooked
With lemon and olives). The lemon gives a deliciou bitter zest to the meat.
Mechoui: Lamb roasted whole on a spit or baked in a special oven. This
delicate and fragrant meat, far removed1 from the usual mutton, is eaten with bread. It is, howevel
an elaborate luxury which is often
only available if ordered well in advance.
Couscous: This dish is made from half-baked flour which is then ground into semolina-like grains. A perecty prepared couscous is laboriously cooked in a succession of steamings and oilings that allow each grain to cook while retaining adistinct granular texture. couscous served outside of a home or a good restaurant is
unlikely to be found at its best. It
is usually accompanied by sept légumes (seven steamed vegetables) with the odd lump of mutton. It can also be served as a pudding
with sugar, cinnamon and rich, warm
Cornes de gazelle: Croissant-like pastries filled with honey and almonds.
Each country has its own history: historical facts, events and important milestones that gave the country its true historical value. The history of a country is one of the events considered worthy of remembrance, which perfectly applies to Morocco. With several dynasties that have succeeded one another over the years: the Idrisside dynasty, the Almoravid dynasty, the Almohad dynasty, the Merinid dynasty, the Saadian dynasty and the Alaouite dynasty, Morocco has gained international consideration as a multicultural country, with several types of heritage recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO. Morocco is one of the go-to destinations for discovery lovers, the most fascinated by nature, history, the art of living and Moroccan hospitality. The experience gained during their journeys in Morocco leave them pleasantly satisfied with their stay.
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