Visit the Best Chantal Royer World Traveler

In addition to her acclaim as a food enthusiast and her many visits to sample extraordinary authentic cuisines, especially of Italian and Greek food, Chantal Royer is also a widely-experienced world traveler. She has visited Europe, Australia, New Zealand, North America, South America, North Africa, the Canary Islands and other exciting destinations.

One of her favorite trips was to Morocco where she toured cities including Melilla, Ceuta, Rabat and Fez and even experienced time with a nomadic tribe. She enjoyed the cuisines, culture and history of each area as well as the ancient markets, viewing traditional handiwork and climbing the Atlas Mountains.

Morocco

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Melilla and Ceuta are officially Spanish enclaves even though Morocco continues to try to claim possession of them. These two cities are strategic port cities on the Strait of Gibraltar and have been trading and commerce centers since the days of the Phoenicians. They are part of a special low tax zone, which makes their prices cheaper than those in mainland Europe. Tourists use these cities as points of entry for North Africa.

Rabat, Morocco’s vibrant capital, has been inhabited since the Roman era and has vegetation in its ChellahGardens that can be compared to Northern California in the United States.

Fez (also called Fes) is like stepping back into the middle Ages and is a fascinating old city filled with history. Fez is Morocco’s cultural and spiritual heart, is the largest living medieval city in that country, and is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Chantal’s visit to the Tuareg people, a nomad Berber tribe that lives in the Saharan Desert, was unique. Their existence goes back to prehistoric times. They are often called “the blue men” because the dye they use on their clothes is indigo, which tends to come off on their skin. A Tuareg is never without his turban around his head to protect him from the sand, the wind and the cold nights.The men also wear a loose-fitting dress on top of a baggy pair of trousers held up by a leather belt. The Tuareg prize their camels because they provide drinking milk and their goats because they provide meat, milk for cheese as well as drinking milk.

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