Updated: Jan 15
In February of 2005, I fulfilled a long held dream to travel to Morocco where my mother and her very large extended family was born and raised. It was my first experience with a digital camera, as opposed to a film camera, and I've never looked back. I went on a group tour and we visited Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Volubilis, Fes, Midelt, Errachidia, Erfoud, The Sand Dunes of Erg Chebbi, Dades Valley, Todra Gorges, Skoura Kasbah, Ouarzazate. Ait Ben Haddou, Marrakech and Essaourria. I experienced Morocco's rich sense of aesthetic and color as incredibly photogenic.
Beyond the tour, I visited the home my mother was born and raised in Marrakech, saw the outdoor market my grandfather Jacob Perez sold nuts and dates in, and visited my mother's high school. It was very moving for me to visit the Jewish cemetery and see my great grandmother Rachel Cohen's grave, and other ancestors. I also say the synagogue where they worshipped and names of family engraved as benefactors on the walls. I came home with a pair of baboosh slippers, pictured above.
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