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February 16, 1997 | BRIAN EDWARDS, Edwards is a Baltimore freelance writer and Ph.D. candidate at Yale University where he teaches a course on American books and films set in North Africa
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.
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February 16, 1997 | BRIAN EDWARDS, Edwards is a Baltimore freelance writer and Ph.D. candidate at Yale University where he teaches a course on American books and films set in North Africa
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.
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December 30, 1992 | From Associated Press
From the looks of the dim bar in Casablanca, you'd expect to find Humphrey Bogart serving drinks under the gaze of Ingrid Bergman. Fifty years after Warner Bros. released "Casablanca," among the most enduring and popular films in cinema history, the legend lives on in this watering hole on Morocco's western coast. Much like Rick's Cafe Americain of the film, beggars and pickpockets thrive outside the Casablanca Bar in a corner of the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Casablanca.
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October 25, 1995 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the stately old Union Club, amid chandeliers and dark paneled walls, Gabriel Harrar, a 33-year-old dentist, was explaining what had brought him back home to Morocco after 13 years in France. "It was a business opportunity," Harrar was saying. "I never intended to stay more than six months. So now six months have become six years, and I can't imagine ever leaving. I have a wife and baby now and my life is here. I feel completely secure."
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October 25, 1995 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the stately old Union Club, amid chandeliers and dark paneled walls, Gabriel Harrar, a 33-year-old dentist, was explaining what had brought him back home to Morocco after 13 years in France. "It was a business opportunity," Harrar was saying. "I never intended to stay more than six months. So now six months have become six years, and I can't imagine ever leaving. I have a wife and baby now and my life is here. I feel completely secure."
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March 8, 2009 | Avital Binshtock
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June 25, 2000 | KARIN ESTERHAMMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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August 26, 2001 | KARIN ESTERHAMMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 4, 1998 | JENNIFER M. NICHOLS, Nichols is a freelance writer based in Newton, Mass
"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.
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December 30, 1992 | From Associated Press
From the looks of the dim bar in Casablanca, you'd expect to find Humphrey Bogart serving drinks under the gaze of Ingrid Bergman. Fifty years after Warner Bros. released "Casablanca," among the most enduring and popular films in cinema history, the legend lives on in this watering hole on Morocco's western coast. Much like Rick's Cafe Americain of the film, beggars and pickpockets thrive outside the Casablanca Bar in a corner of the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Casablanca.
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