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One more photo provided by my "assistant" (my daughter) and slightly edited by me.

Chefchaouen is a magical dreamscape of a place, occupying the saddle between two peaks in the Rif Mountains of northern Morocco.

Houses, stone walls, alcoves, arches, streets, are all covered in whitewash tinted a shimmering iceberg blue. Doors, sashes, ornate iron balconies and window grilles are painted in shades from cobalt to aquamarine.

The Spanish Influence

This lends the winding streets and stairs an underwater feeling -- as if a Greek village had been relocated to the bottom of the sea. In fact, Chaouen, as it is locally known, is in many respects a Spanish town, having been settled by Moorish refugees fleeing the Inquisition.

Christians were banned from entering the town until 1920, when Spanish troops occupied Northern Morocco. One of the three who tried to sneak in, an American missionary, was poisoned.

The Spanish influence can be seen in the town’s many Andalusian-style red tile roofs and heard in the cries of “Hola” in the streets.

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