November 5, 2000 |
I had spent the night in a faded hotel near the railway station here so that I could catch the first morning train to Fes. For many years I had dreamed of seeing Morocco, but my schedule allowed only eight days for highlights. So I'd planned a careful itinerary to get the most out of visits to the Middle Atlas Mountains and the historic towns of Fes and Meknes. Rabat was only a jumping-off point. The hotel was dark and quiet when I made my way downstairs to leave.
February 16, 1997 |
Fez inspires metaphors. Visually it is a medieval labyrinth, an arabesque maze. A magnificent lavender gateway opening to a tangle of streets and alleys. Culturally it is the pinnacle of Morocco, the true center of the nation. A capital of Islamic learning and religion and one that Moroccans hold in almost mystical esteem. "Yes," they would tell me, "Fez is muhimm," the Arabic word that means both important and compelling. In Morocco I was told that I could not learn Fez.
March 8, 2009 |
CALIFORNIA Kosher wining and dining Enjoy good wine and food by booking the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort's "Kosher Dinner and Wine-Tasting Package." Dates: Through May 30.
June 25, 2000 |
A "Bike and Cruise" cycling vacation, offered by Bike and Cruise Tours of Oregon, lets participants spend their days bicycling on different islands in the southern Caribbean and their nights cruising to the next port on Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Dream. The tour runs Nov. 26 to Dec. 3. The riding level is moderate: rolling and hilly. Distance covered is 18 to 35 miles a day. The itinerary includes San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Lucia; Antigua; St. Martin; and St. Croix and St.
August 26, 2001 |
Ex-CIA, FBI and KGB officers will join tourists on a seven-day "Spy Cruise" through the Bahamas. This educational-entertainment offering is from the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies of Alexandria, Va. Spy Cruise passengers will sail on the Regal Empress of Regal Cruise Lines from March 10 to 17. They will dine with former spies and spy catchers and authors of espionage novels.
October 4, 1998 |
"Don't worry, madame," whispered the turbaned man next to me, "that snake around your daughter's neck is not poisonous." It couldn't have been more than 30 seconds since I had taken my eyes off my 12-year-old in Marrakech's throwback medieval square, Djemaa el-Fna. Yet in that time, a snake charmer had succeeded in wrapping the creature around my startled child, who now stood stone-still as the slithering serpent slowly wound its way up around her neck. "Get that thing off her. Now," I ordered.