If you’re looking for a unique spot, you will absolutely fall in love with this one.

Chefchaouen is known as the The Blue Pearl of Africa, it is a heavenly city in Northern Morocco situated in the Rif Mountains, just inland from Tangier and Tetouan.

Chefchaouen was established in 1471 in the Rif mountains by Jewish and Moors fleeing Spain. There’s a lot of different theories about why Chefchaouen is blue. Some say it was painted blue by the Jewish settlers after fleeing Hitler, others say it’s to keep the mosquitos away, while some just said it represents the colour of the sea or because it looks like the sky and reminds them to think of God.

We’ve always wanted to go Morocco but weren’t sure at first. We have seen plenty of photos from the city with blue walls on instagram and travel media. Firstly, it is very far from Tangier, we’ll tell you how to get there but you have to be prepared for that, don’t expect the luxury lifestyle.

Chefchaouen is full of surprises, as you know Africa is our home and this reminds us how Africa can still surprise us. It’s like stepping into a fairytale, blue everywhere like a dream and there is absolutely nothing else like it in the world. A very rare gem and this place reminds us of Santorini so much but different colour.






Things to do?


 The small city of Chefchaouen is well worth exploring for a day or two

It’s amazing vibe was very relaxed when wandering in Medina. The best way to explore the old city of Chefcaouen, is to get lost. Every corner you will find hidden gems shining with 50 shades of blue. There is no one street you need to see, you will see them all.

There are fewer tourists which is a bonus, you can take a lots of picture out there! If you fancy watching the sunset, Spanish Mosque is a must.

If you’re itching for hiking or a dip in the pool, hire a guide to take you to the beautiful surrounding countryside and visit Cascades d’Akchour ‘Waterfall’

This is a best place to shop in the street because its high quality, genuine and reasonable prices.









Where to eat?


The “Plaza” Uta el-Hammam, there are cafes and restaurants all around. This is a peaceful place to relax and try some delicious treats after a long day exploring. We had Tagine for 35 dirham, it is very very cheap and tastes amazing and authentic.

Chez Aziz – For a decent selection of pastries, make your way here. Pizzas and paninis are also delicious. You can get lovely smoothies and juices.

Cafe Restaurant Sofia and Beldi Bab Sour family run restaurant with typical Moroccan cuisine, quality and affordable.

We had a lovely drinks at the terrace of Hotel Parador, perfect place to view Chefchaouen.






Where to stay?


We had a wonderful stay at Puerta Azul, very traditional, beautiful hotel with kind hosts, breakfast is also included, we really enjoyed the Moroccan cuisine! Its easy enough to get to the main Medina of the city by foot from the hotel. If you really fancy having a spa, theres a hotel called Lina Ryad & Spa









How to get there?


Surprisingly the flight only takes 3 hours from Europe! But If you’re flying from London, there is no direct flight. So, we flew into Tangier via Casablanca, so to get to Chefchaouen from Tangier we took a taxi, please make sure you book in advance which took 2.5 hours and cost 360 MAD return.







Tips?


Morocco is a muslim country, it’s important to be respectful of their culture and dress appropriately.

Carrying cash is highly recommended as not many cash machines.

Make sure you bring your own toilet rolls everywhere, public toilets don’t provide.

Ignore the random people offering you a free guide or direction. Go to official tour guides.

 It’s really a place to chill out and enjoy being there! Taking in a wonderful culture and architecture.


 

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The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is the most famous flower show and it inspires millions to get outside and get green fingered. RHS takes place every year, its in full swing and the shops in Sloane Square have decided to brighten up the district with flowers.

To celebrate the Flower Show, warmer weather and those blossoming flowers, we chose some beautiful floral print perfect from River Island. We were invited by River Island Studio to select a collection (how cool is that?!) We’re sure you’ll agree the floral collection is stunning and perfect for Summer cocktail parties, BBQ’s or lounging in your favourite park. Who doesn’t love colourful and vibrant prints? We loved this collection by River Island, it feels young, fun and still manages to be chic!


Enjoy the sunshine, smell the roses and rock a floral print or two!














 

Hermon’s wearing:

River Island Kimono (similar here)  | River Island Frill Short (similar here)  | PLT T-shirt (similar here)  | River Island Heel Sandals (similar here) | River Island Earrings

Heroda’s wearing:

River Island Frill Top (similar here and here)  | River Island Trouser (similar here) | River Island Mules (similar here) | River Island Earrings

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“It has been honour to celebrate you and 98 of your fellow honourees this year with the OkayAfrica 100 Women Campaign”

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OkayAfrica X Studio 189

Thank you for choosing us as the honourees of 2018 this year. We are still humbled to be mentioned with 98 incredible women.

“The three-piece capsule includes a kimono, head wrap, and Obi belt, each designed in colorful, earthy fabrics, and tropical designs hand-batiked in Ghana.  It was designed with the African woman of the world in mind, who works, wakes, and wanders finding her likeness and community throughout the continent and diaspora. It’s the effortlessness of a patterned layer Kimono, the accent of an Obi belt, and the command of a perfect headwrap updo that makes this collection unequivocally our own.

Hand-batiked in Accra, Ghana”














Hermon’s wearing:

OkayAfrica x Studio 189Kimono and Belt | Zara Trainers | ASOS Earrings

Heroda’s wearing:

OkayAfrica x Studio 189Kimono and Belt | Zara Trainers | ASOS Earrings (similar here)

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Spring is finally here, but the weather is so puzzling, one moment it’s sunny and the next it’s snowing or raining. On the day of the photo shoot, you have no idea how freezing it was! Yes, Mother Nature decided to punish us. All we could do was try to warm ourselves up and go with it. It all worked out well in the end as the photos look great!

We found an oversized cardigan from River Island in the sale, we loved the pop pink colour which goes so well with the gorgeous jeans by Parker Smith from Los Angeles. The dark blue, high-rise, ankle skinny jeans are a perfect fit. We still love striking flat mules, they are chic and super comfortable to walk in. They are absolutely perfect for all occasions, no wonder we are so obsessed with our shoes.

We also love Le Labo fragrances, they are a bit pricey, but worth it! Le Labo is a trendy New York-based fragrance house. Our chosen fragrance, Another 13, is clean, musky and refreshing, it makes us feel like we have been transported into the middle of a beautiful nature reserve.  Their brand is both unique and iconic producing excellent handmade perfumes and home fragrances. Once you smell one of their scents you will be totally hooked..

We are so excited the warmer weather has finally arrived and the flowers are blossoming. We are full of the joys of Spring.













 

Hermon’s wearing:

River Island Pink Cardigan (similar here)  | ASOS Stripe Tops | Parker Smith Jeans | River Island Mules (similar here) | Le Labo Another 13

| ASOS Earring (similar here)

Heroda’s wearing:

River Island Pink Cardigan (similar here)  | ASOS Stripe Tops | Parker Smith Jeans | Mango Mules | Le Labo Another 13

| ASOS Earring (similar here)

 

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When currency exchange service EasyFX  www.easyfx.com began work on its new website last year, they encountered an unexpected problem: they couldn’t find enough images of female travellers who represented the true diversity of what women who travel around the world really look like. They realised that, when it came to representing women of all colours, cultures, shapes and sizes, the travel industry was lagging sorely behind. 

In response, they are curating a database that shows the true diversity of what #WomenWhoTravel www.easyfx.com/womenwhotravel REALLY look like. We are proud to be a part of this campaign. Here’s why:

Travel is definitely more than a hobby because we see it as a lifestyle. Our challenge was to travel last year to share our experiences with the diversity community, who don’t travel much. Through our travel, we experience different cultures and people. We always try to learn from these differences. Our blog gives us the opportunity to widen our perspective. The more you see, the less you hate. Prejudice is a big part of the human condition and the more cultures you experience, the more you realise they are not that different from us.

Every women deserves to have a chance to see the world, just like us. And sometimes it’s easy to feel intimidated because there’s lack of diversity and representation in the travel industry. Who doesn’t have a dream to travel? We want to be role models. We aim to inspire diversity girls and women to see the world too. It’s okay to be yourself and look the way you do while you travel around the world!


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