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This year I have been lucky enough to add two new countries to my visited list. In July I visited the busy & cosmopolitan Morocco and in September opted for the more relaxing, rocky shores of Crete.

Both breaks contrasted heavily but both equally enjoyable. In Morocco I stayed in Marrakech and visited most of the main tourist hot-spots including: Djemaa El-Fna, The Souks & Medinas, Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs, Majorelle Gardens, Ben Youssef Medersa and the Menara gardens.

I will definitely remember the magic of Marrakech, Morocco with its souqs, snake charmers, acrobats, musicians, and all the other enchantments of the Djemaa El-Fna Square and surrounding streets, I just wish the monkeys I met could have come home with me!

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Crete in contrast was more relaxed and laid back apart from one energetic day when I trekked the Samaria Gorge! The Gorge is sixteen kilometres long, thirteen of which stagger down over rugged terrain, through pine forests and mountain streams. The last three kilometres are more of a gentle stroll which was a welcome relief in 35 °C heat!

Some of the other places I visited included: Chania, Suda Bay War Memorial, a Minoan palace at Knossos and many villages and off the beaten track beaches.

I have attached a selection of my favourite photos from both trips which was probably a harder task than writing this post as I took just over 1000 pictures over the two and selecting favourites was a major headache!

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