Bri in the Blue City (Chefchaouen, Morocco)
Even before we boarded the plane, we knew that "The Blue City" or "The Blue Pearl" had the potential to be a highlight on this trip. We were not mistaken. Leading up to the trip, Bri had been talking to me about all the gorgeous photos she'd seen taken there, and when I started doing a little investigating into where to get the best shots, I was astounded at all the potential photo opportunities.
The more we talked about it, the more it seemed like it would be a fun idea to wake up early one morning and do a "photo shoot," while effectively exploring the nooks and crannies of the town before the streets became too busy. Bri loved the idea because she'd get cool photos in this unique town, and I loved the idea because I always appreciate the opportunity to hone my photography skills. Thus, this post was born.
Though, perhaps more importantly, doing something like this was a good opportunity to put something together with Bri in the forefront. So often, Bri is right beside me as we're traversing the globe, helping to plan out our next steps, and making moves to get the most out of the countries, towns and cities that we visit. When I put posts together after trips, it's often awkward to use the pronoun "we," or use any pronoun at all, so I worry that perhaps sometimes it can be lost that most of what I post on here, we did together. I often joke with Bri that I wished a long time ago I'd rebranded my site to include the both of us, but that's not to say that can't happen in the future, either.
Anyway, that's where Chefchaouen comes in. It's a town founded in the 15th century that quickly gained importance in the region. Only recently, however, has it gained a sort of mythic notoriety as it relates to tourism. The story of how it came to pass isn't crystal clear, but sometime in the 1930's someone had the brilliant idea of painting the town blue. This simple move has made this town into one of the most photogenic on the planet, and I mean that seriously. With the rise of Instagram and the like, it's continuing to become more and more popular, yet the charm remains, at least for now. I've never seen anything like "The Blue City."
Look, I love travel blogging, writing, photography and everything in between, but all of that combined doesn't remotely compare to the love I have for my partner of the past eight or so years. Yesterday morning was wonderful - I got to play photographer, and my subject was a beautiful woman I've been so blessed to have in my life for so long. I'd like to think that fun and that love shine through the photos.
Have you been to Chefchaouen or Morocco before? What'd you think? How do you like the photos? Do you want any information about the town or Morocco? Let me know in the comments below!