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The Tea ceremony: Atay - One lump or two?

The Tea ceremony: Atay - One lump or two?

So, we have our tea tray ready; the teapot takes pride of place, accompanied by decorative glasses, one for each person present at the ceremony and two extra to be used in the ritual, sprigs of mint – or, as is more usual, clumps or even handfuls of this fresh-smelling herb, a sugar cone with hammer and a sugar caddy. The kettle is filled with water and placed on the fire or the brazier to boil.

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Kathy

The Introduction of Tea to Morocco

The Introduction of Tea to Morocco

It is thought that tea was first introduced to Morocco in the 18th century by Queen Anne Stuart of Great Britain, supplies being sent as a ‘softener’ to Sultan Moulay Ismail, the ruler of the Alaouite dynasty, in the hope that he would release British prisoners from Morocco.

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Film trail from Marrakech to Erg Chigaga

Film trail from Marrakech to Erg Chigaga

The diverse landscapes of Morocco have for many years been the envy of the global film industry. Mainstream film-making in Morocco started in 1949 with the production of Othello by Orson Welles, followed five years later by the atmospheric little-known film entitled Another Sky (1954) amongst others. Ever since 1962 when it hosted the desert scenes of the influential blockbuster, Lawrence of Arabia, Morocco has served as a backdrop for several hundred films seeking a Middle Eastern ambience, an exotic Mediterranean feel - or even providing the setting for a Tibetan monastery as in the case of Kundun (1997). With its sandy deserts and high dunes, snow-capped peaks and lush valleys, not to mention its Berber mountain villages or its fascinating imperial cities, Morocco has it all.

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The magnificent dunes of Erg Chigaga

The magnificent dunes of Erg Chigaga

Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp from the dunes

Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp from the dunes

A sea of sand

A sea of sand