Our trips,Travel philosophy

ONLY IN THE MIND OF THE TRAVELLER IS THERE A DISTINCTION BETWEEN TRAVELLER AND TOURIST

10 Sep , 2015  

For a long time I warned that there was no tourist who was not a traveller

 

Later on, after travelling for many years, I reached the conclusion that this dichotomy did not go beyond the mind of the person in question. How would a mursi distinguish this?

 

I fear that wherever one is travelling, the most likely thing is that most people do not manage, rightly so, to distinguish you from a bog-standard group of tourists.

 

Let’s live with this

 

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Cities and Countries,Decor and Architecture,History of Africa

WATCH OUT! ARABIC DECORATION IS A EUROPEAN REALITY

3 Sep , 2015  

The exotic dramatic quality of Arabic decoration is extraordinary. A means of escape from the industrialised western decoration so overly confused as to what it aims to aspire to in terms of luxury and the limitation of its resources to serialised, repetitive and angular constructions offering furnishings with laboratory materials resulting in simply pale imitations of the past.

 

Nature, colour, constructive sets, exquisite materials,  engaging ambiences, etc. all of these attract us the decoration projected through magazines as samples of a new luxury concept.

 

However, is Arabic decoration truly Arabic? Contemporary Arabic culture does not offer, except on rare occasions, any of these aesthetic principles. Even its aspiration is to foolishly mock western standards adding a further over-top-touch, ostentatiousness and bad taste.

 

In truth that sample of an aesthetic universe based on traditional Arabic culture has been recreated by western foreigners (refined and well-to-do foreign with new horizons free from the inherent atavisms of the west).

 

Even the recovery of traditional trade, handicrafts and pieces form part of this trend. There is still room for many unanswered questions on philosophical, political, anthropological and religious grounds, although there is plenty of time for them to be asked. The idea has been thrust forward; Arabic decoration is in fact European decoration.

 

It is worthwhile underlining that this is no way conditions the enjoyment and delight we take from a truly fascinating decorative model that is destined to make us reconsider interior design in the west.

 

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Travel philosophy

THE WONDERS’ JOTTER. TRAVEL NOTEPADS

27 Aug , 2015  

 

I have tried all types, A4 size, A5 size, pamphlet size, hardback or paperback, with plain or lined pages… After so many trips these notepads form part of my personal memoirs just like any iconic travelling legend (Marco Polo, Ibn Batuta…)

 

Therein we find the greatest distractions that the traveller’s mind conjures up during the abundant moments of calmness and reflexion as well as mundane entries such as daily expenses.

 

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Cities and Countries,Decor and Architecture,Fashion and Lifestyle,Foods

AFRICAN AESTHETIC IN TANGIER’S FINEST RESTAURANT. LA FABRIQUE

18 Aug , 2015  

 

This restaurant located in the Rue d’Anglaterre is –in the opinion of the members of “The African Blog” – one of the best in Tangiers. Both the French cuisine as well as well as impressive levels of customer care and quality services are far removed from the stereotypes one normally finds in Morocco. Furthermore, its decoration, in keeping with the trend for more exclusive spaces in Morocco, manages to incorporate elements of darkest Africa with an industrial vintage motif, all meaning that La Fabrique is a standout restaurant in Tangiers.

 

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Arts,Cities and Countries,Decor and Architecture

Souleumaniye Mosque

6 Aug , 2015  

The Sulimaniye is a grand mosque, which was built on the order of sultan Suleyman I (the magnificent) and was constructed by the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1557. It is considered to be a kind of architectural answer to the byzantine Hagia Sophia. That is more symmetrical, rationalized and light-filled interpretation of earlier Ottoman examples.

 

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Fashion and Lifestyle,People

WESTWING TOP-OF-THE-RANGE ON-LINE DECORATION PLATFORM

30 Jul , 2015  

The Westwing sales club, devoted to furnishings and decorative complements for the home, offers exclusive sales of products manufactured by renowned Spanish and international brands with important discounts that can reach up to 70%.

 

Silvia Arenas is the Creative Director of the company in Spain and responsible for the marvellous selection of rugs, decorative accessories, furniture, complements etc. that they make available on a daily basis to style lovers.

 

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Cities and Countries,Fashion and Lifestyle

CARPETS IN ARAB CULTURE

23 Jul , 2015  

The non-Arab cultures are inspired by nature; however Arabs in general are based on Turkish carpets due to theological ethics.

 

The carpet is the main furniture object for Arab cultures. They are highly important and some cities have even given their names to certain types of fabric such as muslin (Mosul), fustat (Cairo or Fustat).

 

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Cities and Countries

NAZAR BONCUGU ‘TURKISH BLUE EYE BEAD’

9 Jul , 2015  

You will see this blue glass pieces everywhere in turkey.

 

Is a glass bead that protects the holder from evil eye. It is pretty common in turkey. Have a look around and you might discover countless Nazar Boncugu dangling from cars, from rear-view windows, backpacks, on necklaces and bracelets, pinned to the sweeter of babies and small children, and hanging above doors in restaurants, hotels, stores, and apartments.

 

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Fashion and Lifestyle

SAFARI JACKET

11 Jun , 2015  

The Safari Jacket, also known as “Bush Jacket” or “Sahara Jacket”, has a military origin. This jacket was incorporated to the uniform of the Italian army in Libya as the summer version of the original warrior jacket; it was also used during the cruel colonization in Ethiopia. After that, the English army included this jacket as part of their summer uniform during First World War.

 

Anglo African hunters also incorporated this jacket in safari hunting.

 

Since the 30s, the safari jacket has been fashionable and continuously reinterpreted by relevant designers and fashion firms as an elegant but trendy garment and ideal as casual clothing.

 

The original jacket is made of cotton and characterized by its pattern similar to a shirt, four big lid pockets, a belt and epaulette in the shoulders. And of course, sandy or khaki colour.  

 

This colour is classic in famous films performed in Africa, like Mogambo with Clark Gable or Out of Africa with Robert Redford.

 

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