“Due to my mom’s love of films from the 40s and 50s, I grew up very knowledgeable about all things film noir and some of my favorite actors come from this era: Joseph Cotton, Gene Tierney, and, of course, Humphrey Bogart. Naturally, one cannot think of Bogey without thinking of Casablanca. Not surprisingly, the city of the film (which was mostly shot on a sound stage in Hollywood) has nothing to do with the real city. In reality, Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city with well over three million inhabitants. It should also be noted that there are about a dozen Rick’s Cafes for tourists to find and photograph.”
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“I came to Egypt just after my mother’s passing and left just as the Arab Spring was dawning. I still had my trusty Fuji camera and a fiancee, who would soon become my wife. As such, it is a country that left me with mixed feelings—grief, joy, anticipation, loss. It was the first trip I would not be able to share with my mother upon my return, and a country whose politics saw it changing even as I was leaving.”
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The Medina of Fez is a modern-day labyrinth–delve deep enough and one can probably still find a Minotaur. Filled with compact, windy streets, indescribable scents, and cries of “Balak! Balak!” when an unyielding donkey is approaching, it is reminiscent of the Amazon in that it is nearly impossible to be put in to words–it really needs to experienced. From tanneries to rug shops, you can find it here, though be aware that religious sites are for Muslims only.
Photos taken June 2009.