This is the third in my bi-weekly series, Friday Fix, a quick burst of inspiration to spur you on through your final day in the office or maybe remind you to dig out those pushed-back travel plans. The idea of these photos is to give you a glimpse of some of the most incredible places I've ever found in a format you can digest in a coffee break...
The little town of Chefchaouen is a well established stop on the Morocco backpacker trail, but don't let that put you off.
To get to there from Fez we failed to find a direct bus and caught another one half way to Ouazzane (not the "Wazan" I was searching for on road signs). Then waited there for two hours roasting on the road side, drinking inordinate amounts of water and orange juice and chatting to a Ozzie circus performer called Mitch. Finally our bus arrived and we bundled in for another couple of hours of sweaty discomfort.
Chefchaouen was well worth the journey. The blue tinged buildings nestled into an impressive mountain scenery are a great escape from the hassle and bustle of bigger cities.
Hiking up into the mountains, my friend Darren and I stumbled across a cannabis farm. Spotting a farmer, we were a little nervous at first (remembering that scene from The Beach) but, the farmer was remarkably friendly and brought us water before introducing us to his tiny daughter. There were goats stumbling around and the shade of a giant tree a relief after being under the scorching sun all morning. We were in no hurry.
We stayed at Pension Souika which you can find at: Hay Souika Drb Kadi alami, Chefchaouen, Morocco
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