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Monday, February 4

Travel Bug: Morocco

Morocco is at the top of my must travel list, second only to Spain. The bustling streets of the medina, delightful local wares in colorful markets and the cuisine, oh the cuisine, all provide ample reason to journey to far off Marrakech, Fez or Casablanca. From time to time, I like to taunt myself by searching for hotels and resorts for the places on my travel list. This time I found a charming and quiet riad in Marrakech. Riad Tarabel is the equivalent of a western Bed and Breakfast with a few noted exceptions: gorgeous arab-adalusion architecture, a traditional hammam and stunning interiors - no floral prints and chintz here.

When I think of Morocco, my mind naturally goes to one of the larger metropolises, never really considering the tinier villages or towns scattered throughout the desert or mountains. Until now. In last Saturday's Wall Street Journal there was a wonderful feature on Scarabeo Stone Camp, a rustic bivouac deep in the heart of the desert. I've never been one for camping but I could actually see myself passing a few restful days off the grid in one of Scarabeo's canvas tents. Read the travel review here.

{Images via Riad Tarabel}

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