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One of the best vacation spots in Africa is Tangier in Morocco. Most travelers to this destination have had a grand time bargain-hunting for Moroccan gold and mineral stones.

From Marbella, Spain, Macrine you can easily travel to Tangier, Morocco, North Africa. Morocco is located only 14 kilometers away from this town in Spain. During the travel, you see the mountains at the other side of the Strait of Gibraltar and a fast ferry to Tangier takes only 35 minutes of smooth ferry ride.

On arriving in Morocco, you can take a bus drove to the port of the old town. The old town is surprisingly similar to a lot of old towns in the Andalucian cities in Spain. At the entrance there is an old arc, after which we found a labyrinth of small streets, small houses, ancient buildings, a castle and small typical shops. Most of the shops appear to be there for tourists only. The shop owners are not too shy to sell you all their merchandise on the streets, of course for “a very special price” (which drops rapidly if you don’t show any interest).

Walking on the narrow cobblestone streets of the Medina (Old Town) in Tangier was not easy. Street peddlers hustle you all day. They sell all kinds of trinkets that will challenge even an experienced bargain hunter like me.

Macrine on the other hand is not a bargain hunter or haggler. Her best purchase was what they called the “Moroccan Gold”. It is the most expensive spice in the world. It is saffron. The powder looks light reddish brown, but when you add water it turns yellow, just like the color of tumeric, another spice. You need only a very small amount for cooking paella and other Spanish or Filipino dishes like the ginat-an na manok sa gata (chicken in coconut milk) or Marinduque-one of my favorite Filipino dishes.

Linda Barbara

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