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Mazagan Beach Resort



When I first came to Morocco I expected this to be an incredible opportunity for me to be able to say that I came. I didn’t have plans to return and didn’t expect to make any. By day three I was plotting my next visit – where to take the kids and what would I show my husband first. Having just finished day five I am considering sending a plane for my family so I never would have to leave.

Over the coming weeks and months I anticipate this blog will be heavily influenced by this trip. Just the food alone is enough to leave me inspired for years. In these posts there will be more details from the trips and I will attempt to share some of the culinary magic that happens in this country.

For now I have some more photos to share from the second day of our trip.



From our time Oualidia, home to first class oyster beds. We enjoyed a paella made brilliantly yellow with Moroccan saffron and loaded with local seafood. Above there is a salad (possibly my new favorite) of tuna, tomato and avocado which is then finished with a balsamic dressing.



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From the town of Safi which is home to the oldest pottery kilns in Morocco.


Afternoon and evening in Essaouira. The end of day 2.

*I was graciously sent here by the Moroccan tourism board. All photos and words are my own.

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41 Responses to “Morocco, Day 2”

  1. leaf (the indolent cook)

    Morocco is so, so beautiful! Ever since your first post I’ve been telling my boyfriend that we should consider it for our future travel plans. The photos in this post are, again, gorgeous, thank you for sharing.

  2. leen

    Such amazing pictures! Great blog.

    Enjoy the rest of your stay!I was in Marocco a few years ago for a weding and there’s no other country I’ve been to that compares to it…its beautiful!

  3. MG Atwood

    I love how travel can recharge your batteries, put new life into the way we look at things. The colors are amazing. Enjoy this time away..may it be all you hoped for and more.

  4. Kenya

    beautiful pictures… i visited Morocco in 1999, so long ago, but it was an amazing trip (a 2 & 1/2 week college study abroad trip that studies the Muslin influence on Spain & Morocco)
    was this for a food convention or just for fun? Nice!

  5. yarska

    I just wanted to stop and let you know how much I love your website! Your website makes me so happy and makes me want to stop and savour life more. You are an amazing writer, photographer, and chef. Thank you!

  6. sara

    so happy you are loving it! I cant wait to see all the inspiration it brings here in the next few months. The photos are amazing. Travel home safe, sweet friend.

  7. Erin

    Wow- those colors, that food, the pottery! Looks like an amazing experience. Thank you for sharing snapshots throughout your days.

  8. Jen Laceda

    I just found your delightful blog! you know, I LOVE Essaouira. When we were there in 2009, we stayed at Villa de l’O. It was absolutely gorgeous and we enjoyed our stay there tremendously! We hope to return soon! Lovely photos, by the way. Consider yourself blog rolled! I am enjoying your wonderful blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Channeling Contessa

    Ashley, your trip looks amazing- I’m so happy for you! I can’t wait to hear why they sent you there in the first place :). Photography, food… yes? I went to Marrakech last year and your photos make me want to go back and explore more of Morocco so badly!

  10. Pennie Azran

    Wow, you are totally retracing my steps from my journey to Morocco! my husband is Moroccan, so it was especially wonderful seeing his country through his eyes. Ouilidia was so cool and hip, Essaouira (my hubby’s summer resort as a boy) historic, Safi was the prefect stop to stock up on some beautiful pottery. All food was amazing and hospitality abounds everywhere–enjoy the rest of your trip! Can’t wait to see where else you go.

  11. Nicola @ unhip squirrel

    Ashley – the colours are spectacular. I’m gobsmacked and overcome with a desire to travel to Morocco. Through your photography I can see the vibrant culture, hear the bustle in the streets, smell the spices in the air, taste the gorgeous dishes and feel that poolside sun (even though it was a bit cloudy that day!). Thank you for adding to the list of places I need need need to visit. I can’t wait to see the Moroccan inspired food you’ll be posting upon your return!

  12. Heidi Leon

    Ashley, what a beautiful selection of photographs. I am looking forward to learn more, read more and eat more Morocco via not without salt!.

    Le Maroc, is a country which I dream to visit one day, since that day Iยดm traveling with your posts….

  13. Jill

    Hi there! Your blog inspires me and I know, I know, it took me a while to comment but here goes – love the new look! And wishing you many more successes for your book and future endeavors. These Morocco photos are AMAZEBALLS! I am planing a trip there myself and I have gained a lot inspiration from these posts of yours. What gear did you take with you on this trip?

    • Ashley Rodriguez

      Oh man, I would go back in a second. Love Morocco. Not exactly sure what you mean by gear – I’m assuming photography gear. I took the Canon Mark 2 and my 24-70. Heavy but versatile.


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