Chefchaouen, Morocco

This blue city in the Rif Mountains of northern Morocco is beautiful to walk around in. The locals paint their homes blue in Chefchaouen's (or just Chaouen's) medina every spring.

Many shades of blue... 

Chefchaouen somewhat resembles a Spanish Andalucian hill town in blue instead of white, and there's no coincidence for its resemblance to Spain.  In the 1400s, many Spanish Jews and Muslims immigrated to this area of Morocco to avoid the Spanish Inquisition.  And locals here can generally speak and understand Spanish - much more than French.

Here is the oldest hamam in Chefchaouen.  A hamam is similar to a turkish bathhouse. Below is another hamam, evident due to the large pile of firewood outside used for heating up all that water.

Technically, I was in Chefchaouen to volunteer as a WWOOFer at Julian and Catherine's farm, A-Tabiaa outside Chaouen.  But it was so rainy and cold in early February that we only worked at the farm for a few days while I was there.

Catherine demonstrates how to prune their olive trees.

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