color me blue



Room#30, Chefchaouen, Nov’ 2013

the whole town of Chefchaouen is painted in shades of blue – some stronger than the other and this has becomes its USP. It also has quite a relaxed vibe to it especially felt, if you come right after visiting the more busy and chaotic cities of Morocco (Marrakech & co)

11 thoughts on “color me blue

  1. What an amazing and magical place! I love your picture and the video. I’ve been to Jodhpur but the memories are fading unlike the blue here which looks as if it never fades! Chefchaouen is now added to my very long wish list.

  2. Was the house really that colour? Or did you do something to the photo to make it blue all over? It doesn’t look real!!!!!
    And can we have more photos of this place, please?

    BTW in the village where I live, everything has to be painted sandy yellow (by law) and it does NOT have the same appealing effect as this blue! I think I should sugget some new legislation to the local parliament…. ;-)

    • :)

      i had to tone down the blue – it really is that saturated blue ! Check this video that gives the POV of what somebody would see as they walk in this town:

      Rest assured, I will be posting many more photos of here – it was indeed a charming place. Jodhpur in Rajasthan is also semi blue, but I haven’t seen anything like the blue obsessed Chefchaouen before :)

      • Wow, that video is amazing!
        I also liked seeing the laundry. There are laundries very similar to that (just a bit larger) which were used everywhere in Sicily up to the 1950s and as late as the 1980s in some places. It was interesting to see it actually being used. The biggest one is in Cefalù.

        • interesting indeed. On a related note, there is definitely some Roman influence in certain portions of North africa in general, though Chefchaouen seems to have more of the spanish influence. Volubilis (close to Meknes) has some Roman ruins

          • I think at some points in history there was a lot of cultural exchange. I am pretty sure the laundries in Cefalu and others were modelled on original ones built by the Arabs when they ruled Sicily (12th century). This is the oral history that Sicilians pass down. Living here I realise the general knowledge of Sicilian history that everyone knows but which nobody has recorded in writing is quite amazing, and one of the areas where this history is most abundant is memory of Arab times.

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