casablanca, morocco!

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our family spent 24 hours in casablanca, morocco, to start off our spring break trip! originally, when we first bought our tickets for this trip, we had planned to spend a much longer time exploring more cities and areas of morocco, but we switched up our itinerary a few weeks back to have more time in the country side of england. because of this, i know we only saw a snippet of what beautiful morocco has to offer, and i am so anxious to go back and explore the rest of it someday, but we made the best of our short time in casablanca and truly had one of our favorite days of adventure together while there.

it was only a day, but i’m still going to have to share this trip in two posts because naturally, there are wayyyy too many photos. ‘camera happy’ is our middle name when we travel, and you already know i’m the worst at just choosing just a few photos for each post.

so this first post is from our time walking around the grounds and also touring the inside of the hassan II mosque, which is the largest mosque in all of morocco and one where all are welcome inside to observe the beautiful house of worship. one of my favorite things about traveling with the kids is learning all we can about the different cultures and faiths and ways of living with them. being inside this beautiful mosque felt really special for both josh and me, and i  think eleanor was also really aware and in awe of it all.  after we removed our shoes inside, she knelt down with josh as he talked about what a mosque is and how people use the space. she sat so calmly taking everything in around her. it was very sweet. (the boys will hopefully be more interested next time!)

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the kids wanted to hold onto the plastic bags we were given to put our shoes in after touring the inside of the mosque. they had so much fun making “parachutes” with them in the warm wind outside on the grounds afterwards. haha!

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parachute bag!!!!!!

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conrad being smooshed but for sure one of my all time favorites of these three kiddos of mine. :)

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the handsomest samson in all the land. just can’t get over how much this kid has grown up over the past few months!

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can’t get over those gorgeous gorgeous doors and all the incredible tile work.

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always running with his arm out shouting “SUPERMAN!!!!” or “SUPERCONRAD!!!”

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this photo is by samson!!!

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it makes me so happy how easily they can just make a new friend wherever they go.

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and a photo with all of us!!! hooray!!! (my tip from many failed family photos on the road where our heads are chopped off or out of focus—- set up the shot before hand so when you hand the camera over to the person kind enough to help us, so they are in the correct spot and the lens is zoomed in or out exactly how you’d like it! also- maybe ask someone who has a camera of their own on them, chances are they know what they are doing! always works well if they are also in a group, because then you can take a photo for them as well in exchange!)

WEARING:

this dress, a gift from shop doen, with these white leather sneakers. the kids rain boots (not the best shoe for our day in morocco but have come in handy here in england so far!). samson’s new york destination t-shirt (on sale right now!), conrad’s gingham button down shirt and eleanor’s flutter-sleeve tank top.

  1. That dress you are wearing is so, so beautiful. Love seeing your family travel posts because it gives me hope that I’ll still be able to travel tons once my husband and I have kids. ;)

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  2. that mosque looks so, so amazingly beautiful. and your doen dress is perfection!

    xo, brittany
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  3. Jessica

    Your outfits are always spot on, Naomi! Always perfect for your surroundings! And looks like a breathtakingly beautiful mosque! Always enjoy your family travels and can’t wait to see everything you do in England!

  4. The dress is gorgeous and that fourth photo is so dreamy! // Ahh the parachute bags; they’re so creative! // LOVE the smoosh photo; absolutely precious <3 // Morocco has such beautiful architecture, patterns, and textures! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  5. Corina

    Naomi, these photos are breathtaking
    I have it on my bucket list to visit Morocco
    XX

  6. Damla

    Gorgeous photo :) I like that

    Why are Josh wearing a necktie on holiday? :))

  7. Lo

    Morocco and England are veeeeery different places, and I don’t envy you for the 4 hour flight in-between but both are stunning in their own way, so I totally get why you wanted to experience both!

    As someone who didn’t even realise Casablanca was a real place (gulp), this is GORGEOUS! You and Josh have become such talented photographers over the years, with or without professional training!

    Lo
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  8. Such a lovely family! I am impatient to see your pictures of England!
    We just go back from Menorca (Spanish island) and that was so incredible! Have you ever visited Spain? It is a perfect destination for families! If you want to have a look:
    http://www.prettymamma.com/voyages/minorque-entre-terre-et-mer/
    Kisses from Paris xxx
    Audrey

  9. As always love your travel posts – and great tip for the family photo taking – definitely need to keep this in mind for the future!

  10. Agnes

    The grainy foto of you barefoot ist just so beautiful!

  11. Liliana Dias

    Naomi, I suggest Portugal for your next trip. ;)

  12. These photos look incredible can’t wait to see what you’re up to in the UK!! <3

  13. Valeria

    Hello Taza !!! These pictures are really amazing !!! Morocco was one of our destinations for our next vacations but we chose the beach instead, we are going to Aruba !!!!! I want to ask you some questions about the use of technology with kids. (perhaps you can put it on a post). I have a boy of two, and in my house theres not TV, but we both, my husband and I, own a cell phone and when we answer a message o check it or even if we put it in the table, and Juan (my son) see it he want to watch something in you tube, most of the times we ended up watching his own videos… but its a constantly thought in my maind about this !!! Because you cant appart a child from technology because we are living in a very connected world… So… how do you deal with this…. ! Thanks in advanced !!!! Valeria from Argentina!

  14. Alliyah

    This post made me so happy! Especially the part about Josh explaining what a mosque is to Eleanor!

  15. Briana

    Wow, these photos are gorgeous. What a beautiful place.

    Briana | youngsophisticate.com

  16. Sierra

    Looks like you were able to have a lot of fun in your short stay. Yesss, for people who actually know how to take a picture. Getting a family photo that isn’t a complete fail is always a challenge when we’re away. Enjoy the rest of your trip!
    Beautifully Candid

  17. Such awesome photos! Wow, and what an incredible traveling experience!

  18. Lauren

    What an amazing opportunity! I would love to go there someday!

  19. Ally

    Beautiful! I love your enthusiasm for traveling as a family, what wonderful open explorers you are raising!

    I have loved your style for years, but Josh’s too! Where are his shoes from?

    Thanks!

  20. Megan

    Morocco is insanely beautiful. I hope you enjoyed your time there. I can’t wait to see some pictures from the UK!

    Have so much fun!

  21. hanna

    This is literally so cool! Gorgeous photos too. –Like Hanna

  22. Ana

    The mosque looks so beautiful and majestic! Looks like you guys had a great time!

  23. Marie

    Wouaaaah amazing !!!🕌❤

  24. Elise

    That dress is stunning but it’s VERY sheer for a mosque. Did you have difficulty entering?

  25. Amanda

    It’s wonderful that your kids are getting such rich experiences travelling the world. They’re really going to benefit from these experiences.

    I do think your dress is very beautiful on you, but I’m a little surprised you wore it inside a mosque. Even a highly visited, tourist destination kind of mosque is a sacred religious space. A very sheer dress just isn’t appropriate, even though you ended up with some beautiful photos. I hope my comment isn’t deleted because I really do enjoy your posts and think you’re doing a great job with your blog, it’s just something that really struck me because mosques I’ve visited in our travels were very strict about dress, including needing headscarves sometimes.

  26. Stephanie

    That pic where you’re barefoot in that beauty of architecture, you look glorious!!

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  28. Romi

    I really (like really,really) think that your next trip should be in Greece. You’ve done Italy like twice, London, Paris, Morrocco. I really think you should put it on your bucket list. ( the fact that I am greek has absolutelt nothing to do with my suggestion ;-))

    When you do decide it, feel free to ask. My friends
    also call me by my middle name: wannabe travel agent of the greek islands.

    Seriously,girl,come on over!

    Greetings from Athens,love reading your blog!

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