Doors in Morocco

Hello and welcome to Weekend Coffee Share #9! I’m glad you’re here. Please come on in, help yourself to a cup of coffee, or tea, or hot chocolate at my coffee station. Imagine we’re sitting down in a “tea room” in Fez, Morocco and let’s chat.

A sitting area for tea in a carpet shop in Fez, Morocco.
A sitting area for fresh mint tea in a carpet shop in Fez, Morocco.

Organizing

The weather has been good, cool and sunny this week. Most mornings I do my meditation, body weight workout or yoga at home, then head outside to cycle and walk. In the afternoon, I work on tasks to organize my living.

One example of organizing my living is a routine that I do in the first week of a new month, such as:

  • Back up my blog and media files: To have a back up just in case.
  • Update my reading list.
  • Download and delete photos from my phone.

Travel Photos

From my photo archives, I select a sample of doors in Morocco for Dan’s Thursday Doors photography challenge and Denyse’s Share Your Snaps this week.

1. The Royal Palace in Rabat is the primary and official residence of the king of Morocco. The current palace was built in 1864.

The Royal Palace entrance, Rabat, Morocco.
The Royal Palace in Rabat.

2. Doors at the Mausoleum of Mohammed V in Rabat: This royal family mausoleum contains the tombs of the Moroccan King Mohammed V and his two sons, late King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah.

Royal Guard at the Mausoleum of Mohammed V in Rabat, Morocco.
Royal Guard at the Mausoleum of Mohammed V in Rabat.

3. Doors at the Al Qaraouiyine Mosque and University in Fez: Al Qaraouiyine Mosque is home to the University of Al-Quaraouiyine. Founded in 859, it is believed to be the world’s oldest continuously functioning university, and remains a vitally important center of Islamic learning.

Al Qaraouiyine Mosque and University, Fez, Morocco.
Al Qaraouiyine Mosque and University, Fez, Morocco.

4. Doors at the Royal Palace in Fez: The royal family maintains a palace in every city for each of their visits. The gigantic doors are made of brass and gold, surrounded by zellij tile work and carved cedar wood.

Doors at the Royal Palace, Fez, Morocco.
The Royal Palace in Fez.

5. Doors at Place Seffarine: This square is one of the oldest squares in the Medina in Fez, with little shopping stores full of Moroccan handmade goodies.

Place Seffarine, Fez, Morocco.
Place Seffarine in Fez.

6. Bab Agnaou Gate: One of the 20 gates and part of the walls built by the Almoravids in the 12th century. It’s a passage to the Medina of Marrakesh. The Medina of Marrkesh, a World Heritage site, is a labyrinth of small streets and alleyways leading to schools, mosques, souks, and houses.

Bab Agnaou Gate in Marrakesh.
Bab Agnaou Gate in Marrakesh. Note the storks and their nests atop the gate.

7. Plant-covered entrance at Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh: Jardin Majorelle was the creation of French painter Jacques Majorelle. Famed designer Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé bought Jardin Majorelle in 1980 and restored it.

Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh.
Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh.

8. Doors at Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca: The Mosque’s doors are made of Canadian titanium. Everything else is made of local Moroccan materials.

Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.
Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.
Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.
Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.

Your Turn

  1. How did your week go?
  2. How often do you back up your blog and media files?
  3. Have you been to Morocco or any other country in Africa?

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133 thoughts on “Doors in Morocco

  1. Erica/Erika March 5, 2021 / 8:07 am

    Hi Natalie, Wow, quite an interesting and beautiful carpet shop in Morocco. I did a backup after talking to you about this, yet, it looks cryptic in my files. All of your photos are exceptional. Morocco appears a perfect place to photograph doors. Ornate, creative and stunning. Your posts and organizational skills are always inspirational Natalie. Thank you for always sharing an entertaining post!

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    • Natalie March 5, 2021 / 9:07 am

      Hi Erica/ Erika, I’m glad to hear you did a back up. The cryptic back-up files would be useful if a blog recovery was ever needed. My organizational skills are a work in progress 🙂 I try to create and stick to useful habits like monthly blog back-up.

      So far I’ve been to Egypt and Morocco in Africa. Egypt is mind-blowing incredible. Morocco is fascinating. Africa feels more foreign to me than other continents that I visited. Our world is full of wonders.

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      • Erica/Erika March 5, 2021 / 9:21 am

        Interesting about Africa feeling more foreign. After my Iceland virtual walking trip, I will be heading off to Kruger National Park (virtually – for now) therefore, S. Africa in my radar. Amazing how you have been to these mind-blowing areas In Real Life 🙂

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        • Natalie March 5, 2021 / 9:45 am

          I’ve read about Kruger National Park and seen some wildlife photos from there. You’ll have so much fun with your virtual walk. It’s definitely been a privilege to travel. Sometimes when I review my past travel photos and journals, I can’t believe I’ve done those solo trips 🙂

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  2. Jill Weatherholt March 5, 2021 / 8:07 am

    Wow! I feel as though I just returned from an amazing trip, Natalie. I’m afraid if I sat in that sitting area for some tea, I’d never get up. It’s a gorgeous space. I’ve never been to Morocco, but an old co-worker of my mothers was born and raised there. She has a lot of family there, so she visits when she can. I need to follow your lead and download and delete photos from my phone. It is exploding with photos. I need to clear space for the return of our hummingbirds. They should be back early next month. Have a great weekend!

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    • Natalie March 5, 2021 / 9:14 am

      Jill, I didn’t want to leave that gorgeous tea room either. It has a mystical, classy and cozy ambiance. It also looks out to another beautiful space that I didn’t include in my post.

      I’ve seen more spring birds this week so yes, you’d want to have your phone ready for new photos of the hummingbirds. Have a wonderful week!

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  3. Dan Antion March 5, 2021 / 8:08 am

    I have not been to Morocco or any country in Africa, so I really appreciate seeing the pictures you have shared. It looks like a fascinating place to visit. The doors are huge and so meticulously detailed, I can’t imagine building them in the time in which they built. Thanks for linking to Thursday Doors, Natalie, this was an interesting, educational and fun post.

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    • Natalie March 5, 2021 / 9:32 am

      Dan, Morocco is a fascinating country to visit. The mosques are more foreign to me than churches and temples that I’ve seen in America, Asia and Europe. Aside from the royal palaces, I saw many huge, ordinary-looking doors that lead to beautiful spaces behind them. Thank you for hosting Thursday Doors where I can share some of the doors from Morocco.

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      • Dan Antion March 5, 2021 / 5:59 pm

        The best thing about Thursday Doors is when people share sights from countries most of us haven’t visited. I found your doors fascinating.

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        • Natalie March 5, 2021 / 6:07 pm

          That’s great to hear, Dan. I’ve visited a few countries that are not yet popular with tourists. You gave me an idea to share some of them in the upcoming Thursday Doors.

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  4. leannelc March 5, 2021 / 8:38 am

    I love moroccan architecture and their lanterns Natalie – and now I’ll add their doors to my list. I’ve never visited but I think it would be such an exotic location and well worth seeing before I die (if we ever get to travel internationally again!) Thanks for the party.

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    • Natalie March 5, 2021 / 9:37 am

      Leanne, The detailed handicraft work on the Moroccan lanterns (and tiles) is amazing. It’s a fascinating country to visit. Africa in general feels more foreign to me than other continents. Thank you for linking with Weekend Coffee Share.

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  5. Molly Totoro March 5, 2021 / 9:41 am

    This week I decided it was time to organize all my digital genealogy files, documents, and photos. WHEW! What a task, but I now feel like I can move forward.

    Next on the list is to develop a system for staying organized. I love your idea of backing up iphone photos on a regular basis. The last time I did that was late 2017 (!)

    I LOVE photos of doors. They remind me of possibilities that lie within. And I also think of the saying, “When God closes a door, He opens a window”

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    • Natalie March 5, 2021 / 9:54 am

      Molly, So fantastic that you organized all your digital genealogy files and photos. Having a system helps me feel organized and it makes the maintenance less overwhelming. I’d love to hear about your organization system once you develop it. I’m glad you love photos of doors. Many of the ordinary-looking doors that I walked through in Morocco lead to beautiful spaces behind them.

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  6. Retirement Reflections March 5, 2021 / 9:43 am

    Beautiful photos, Natalie. You are an awesome photographer.
    And thank you for the reminder – download and delete. I truly need to do that!

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    • Natalie March 5, 2021 / 9:56 am

      Thank you, Donna. I’m glad you like my photos. I do regular download and delete photos from my phone so I have memory space at all times for new photos 🙂

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  7. Julie March 5, 2021 / 10:15 am

    What a beautiful sitting room to have tea and coffee! No, I have not been Morocco or anywhere in Africa but I would love to one day.

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    • Natalie March 5, 2021 / 11:06 am

      Julie, That tea room is a beauty. Keep your travel dreams alive. You’ll make them come true once it’s safe to travel again.

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  8. Cheryl March 5, 2021 / 10:55 am

    Hi Natalie, lovely doors! I back up my blog every couple of weeks, but it’s on automatic for once a month in case I forget. If I’m updating plugins etc I make a back up before I start. I always have 2 copies of my photos. I take photos on a camera, not a smartphone, so I’m continually downloading photos from my camera to my laptop. It’s fiddly but I don’t like smartphones! I back up all my other documents etc once every couple of months, unless it’s super important, then I make a copy immediately. Have a great weekend!

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    • smkelly8 March 5, 2021 / 11:05 am

      Thanks. You’ve reminded me to back up my blog. When I was on Blogger, someone hacked my site and Google wouldn’t return it to me. Well, Google has NO customer service so they just ignored me.

      I also keep photos on an external disc in addition to my laptop and memory cards. Some photos I still print out.

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      • Natalie March 5, 2021 / 11:14 am

        That’s terrible how Google ignored you after your blog was hacked. Sounds like you have a good back-up system in place for your photos.

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      • Cheryl March 5, 2021 / 5:16 pm

        Back in the early days of having a computer I regularly lost things because of making mistakes or just not knowing what I was doing. I’d hate to lose things now, we have our whole lives in our computers and blogs! I’ve got several external discs and back up everything!

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        • Natalie March 5, 2021 / 5:29 pm

          You’re wise to do back-ups, Cheryl. It’s for peace of mind like insurance. Technical problems happen and back-up is undervalued until we need it.

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    • Natalie March 5, 2021 / 11:11 am

      Cheryl, It’s fantastic that you have a solid back-up system in place. It’s for our peace of mind plus some documents or images are important to keep.

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  9. smkelly8 March 5, 2021 / 11:03 am

    That tea room is amazing. So are all your photos of Morocco. What a trip! I hope you can soon resume traveling.

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    • Natalie March 5, 2021 / 11:15 am

      Thank you, Susan, for your comment. I’m glad you liked my photos. I hope to resume traveling soon, too.

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  10. Patricia Furstenberg March 5, 2021 / 11:31 am

    Morocco is out of this world by the look of these pictures. The buildings look like they’ve been crocheted by dedicated artists 🙂 Such intricate details, over ad over.

    I enjoyed your post and do like how organized you are 🙂

    Hectic week here, but we survived. I don’t back-up my files as often as I should, and I’ve never been to Morocco, but I’d love to. I now live in South Africa 🙂

    Have a blessed week ahead, Natalie 🙂

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    • Natalie March 5, 2021 / 5:35 pm

      Pat, The details on these doors in Morocco are amazing. May I ask where you were before South Africa and how you like living in South Africa? Once travel restrictions are lifted, it may be easy for you to visit Morocco. You’d have a lot of fun taking photos there 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

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  11. rawsonjl March 5, 2021 / 11:52 am

    I have never been to Morocco but what a beautiful tea room! I rarely think to back up my blog/ files unless I am working on changing big things like the colors/ template and don’t want to mess it up.

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    • Natalie March 5, 2021 / 5:38 pm

      Joanne, I’ve heard about situations where technical problems happen and files or blogs are lost so I do a monthly back-up just in case.

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    • Natalie March 5, 2021 / 5:40 pm

      Thank you, Deborah, for your comment and for joining Weekend Coffee Share. I’ll visit your blog this weekend.

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  12. Laurie March 5, 2021 / 1:25 pm

    We were scheduled to leave for Morocco on March 21, 2020. we missed being able to go by less than a week due to the pandemic. Thank you for sharing these lovely photos. I hope we will be able to finally get there. Maybe in 2022.

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    • Natalie March 5, 2021 / 5:42 pm

      Laurie, I hope you got full refunds for the trip cancellations and will be able to visit Morocco in the future.

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    • Natalie March 5, 2021 / 5:45 pm

      Thank you, Barbara. I’m glad you liked my photos. Lots of things to see in Morocco.

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  13. Sue from Women Living Well After 50 March 5, 2021 / 4:01 pm

    Hi Natalie, I love all of these doors and Morocco was on our list pre-COVID. I also have taken photos on travels of different and interesting doors – I think it is a great subject actually. What will we find behind the doors? Thanks for the idea of your monthly routine with backups, book updates etc. I’m going to do this as backing up my husband usually does and organising my photos for the month rarely get done. Thanks for the #WeekendCoffeeShare Linkup and have a great week. xx

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    • Natalie March 5, 2021 / 5:58 pm

      Hi Sue, When I visited Morocco, some of the ordinary-looking doors lead to beautiful spaces behind them. Travel gives us many interesting photo opportunities, including doors. It’s fun to share some of them with the Thursday Doors blogging community.

      I do my administrative routine monthly so I don’t forget and it’s more manageable in smaller chunks. Have a great week!

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  14. Susanne March 5, 2021 / 4:41 pm

    Hello Natalie! That area in the carpet shop looks fantastic!
    Doing backups is a very clever thing to do. I have a plugin that creates scheduled backups every week, they are saved in my Dropbox. I also save all the photos I use on my blog(s) in a special folder on my laptop. Better safe than sorry! I had a brilliant but very intense week, with the concertina workshop, this year online, but it was lovely and very inspiring.
    I hope you are doing well.

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    • Natalie March 5, 2021 / 6:01 pm

      Susanne, Yes, better safe than sorry is also my thinking about back-ups. I’m glad that you had a brilliant week. I hope you’ll be able to share it on your blog. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  15. Debbie March 5, 2021 / 4:50 pm

    I love that tea room shot Natalie, those mosaics are superb! All your door shots show interesting sights and to answer your question I’ve not been to any of these places although my daughter loved going to Morocco. I have had a lovely week as we are away from home visiting my daughter, SIL and grandson up in Queensland where it is very humid and hot! I try to remember to back up things but need to find a routine for doing so. Thanks for the reminder and the link up 🙂

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    • Natalie March 5, 2021 / 6:28 pm

      Debbie, How wonderful to see your daughter, SIL and grandson in person. I do my monthly back-up to make it easy for me to remember and it’s more manageable in small chunks. Thank you for linking up with Weekend Coffee Share. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  16. Denyse Whelan Blogs March 5, 2021 / 5:26 pm

    That’s a great trip down memory lane for you here and for many who have either been to Morocco or Had/Have plans to travel. Thanks for your sharing. My photos are so precious to me and they back up to clouds via two different systems. I do delete photos from time to time. My blog is incredibly well-managed by my hosts and I also keep an eye on that too.

    Thanks for the #weekendcoffeeshare and I wish you a great weekend ahead.

    Denyse.

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    • Natalie March 5, 2021 / 6:31 pm

      Denyse, Good for you to do regular back-ups of your photos and keep an eye on your blog host service. It’s better safe than sorry. I try to go through my photos and delete unwanted ones on a regular basis so they don’t accumulate on my phone. Thank you for linking with Weekend Coffee Share. Have a wonderful weekend!

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      • Denyse Whelan Blogs March 10, 2021 / 3:06 am

        Thanks so much for linking up for Life This Week. Next week, we are #11 and the optional prompt is Floral. Hope to see you there and in the meantime, may you be well, may you be safe and may you be content. Denyse.

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        • Natalie March 10, 2021 / 8:05 am

          Thank you, Denyse. May you be well, safe, and content, too. See you at the link-up.

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  17. Jo March 5, 2021 / 6:07 pm

    Fabulous doors – thanks for taking us somewhere exotic at a time when we can’t physically go there. Oh, as for backups, I back up weekly to a hard drive but am not nearly as organised about everything as I should be.

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    • Natalie March 5, 2021 / 6:45 pm

      Jo, It was also fun for me to revisit my photos in Morocco after a year of staying-at-home. I’m not as organized as I should be either. Just want to get into a habit and manage things in small chunks.

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  18. midlifestylist March 5, 2021 / 9:14 pm

    Hi Natalie, your photos are fabulous! They remind me a little of Thailand – must be all the gold. I’ve never been to Africa although I have South African friends. My week consisted of working on my course and my exercise programs. I have an automatic backup for my blog, every day at 5pm. It’s a plugin that saves to Google Drive. I keep copies of all my blog posts anyway because I nearly lost it all when I migrated it from one host to another. It was very scary! Have a lovely week, Christina

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    • Natalie March 6, 2021 / 9:04 am

      Hi Christina, Sounds like you have a good system in place to back up your blog. I’m glad you didn’t lose your blog posts during the migration. Our blogs are our digital journals so a back-up or two gives us peace of mind. Have a great week!

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  19. Teresa March 5, 2021 / 9:21 pm

    My bucket list destination! So beautiful!

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    • Natalie March 6, 2021 / 9:05 am

      Thank you, Teresa, for your comment. I hope you get to visit Morocco when it’s safe to travel again.

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  20. kirstin troyer March 6, 2021 / 12:07 am

    I love those doors…how gorgeous and I love your idea for having a set time you do that organizing. I need to do something like that…I have so much on my phone and computer that needs to be organized.

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    • Natalie March 6, 2021 / 9:54 am

      Kirstin, The digital files creep up on us if we let them. Once I decide to do a small bit every month, I make progress and over time, I’m more organized than if I haven’t started. I hope you find what works for you.

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  21. Sagittarius Viking March 6, 2021 / 1:05 am

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful doors and views from Morocco. I went there with my mom as a child a couple times, and once by myself as an adult (I do not recommend travelling solo to Morocco if you are a young woman.) The architecture is fascinating, and of course I am intrigued by the gardens and amazing plants that grows in abundance there.
    Your routine of getting organised and living a healthy life is admirable and inspiring.
    My week have been a positive one, I am working on a coffee share, just need to add some photos 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!

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    • Natalie March 6, 2021 / 10:03 am

      Maria, Glad to hear you’ve also been to Morocco. I saw some beautiful gardens there. The climate allows for huge production of dates, other plants and herbs. Every market has heaps of colourful spices on sale.

      I try to reduce and get more organized with my possessions because it leads to lower maintenance over time. I hope as I get older, I have the good organizing habits down to a science and spend less time maintaining my belongings.

      I look forward to reading your coffee share. Have a great weekend!

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  22. Moumita De Sarkar March 6, 2021 / 3:38 am

    The entrance of Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh is quite vibrant. No doubt Jacques Majorelle did a great job 🙂

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    • Natalie March 6, 2021 / 10:05 am

      Moumita, Great observation! Jacques Majorelle trademarked his vibrant blue paint colour. It’s named Majorelle blue 🙂

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  23. Ju-Lyn March 6, 2021 / 9:14 am

    Hey Natalie!
    Burning question: how do you backup your blog posts? Am not sure why I haven’t even thought about it till now (have been blogging for 5 years now).

    Lovely captures from Morocco – love that cosy tea nook in the carpet shop. Are those carpets on the walls as well?

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    • Natalie March 6, 2021 / 9:27 am

      Ju-Lyn, In WordPress dashboard, I choose Tools | Export | Export All Content and Export Media Library. WordPress e-mails me a link for the blog back-up and I download the zipped file to keep. The media files are downloaded too. Every month, I do this, and delete the previous back-up files. This means I always have the latest and not use up memory space. In the event of a blog crash, the back-up files can be imported back to WordPress so you’ll get your blog back. I choose to back-up monthly. You can do it at the frequency you like. It takes a few clicks.

      In my photo of the tea room, the carpets are on the floor and some rolled up on the sides. All the wall and door designs are tile and mosaic work. The ceilings in that place are 3 or 4-storey high.

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  24. msomerville2014 March 6, 2021 / 9:31 am

    I think, my week has been a blur and not much writing done. I love your pictures, and the architecture, and design of the doors and entrances. thank you for sharing them. Yikes! I have never backed up my blog posts, didn’t know I could. It is scary to think of losing all that work. Going to try to do a little reading this weekend, but still getting ready for tomorrow morning. Thanks for the coffee. Mine is cooling off, going to the microwave to re-heat it. I hope there is not a line (ha ha). Best and blessings, Michele

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    • Natalie March 6, 2021 / 10:08 am

      Michele, I’d recommend any blogger/ writer who values their writing to do regular back-ups of their work. I wrote the steps to do it in WordPress in my reply to Ju-Lyn’s question above. Thank you for dropping by. Enjoy your reading and some rest and relaxation this weekend!

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      • msomerville2014 March 6, 2021 / 4:17 pm

        I will check that out, thanks very much. Enjoy the Coffee Share.

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  25. PamelaS.Canepa, Writing and Living March 6, 2021 / 9:32 am

    Natalie, Happy Saturday! Your photos are marvelous! I feel encouraged to travel again, but it will still be a little while. Take care! -Pam

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    • Natalie March 6, 2021 / 10:09 am

      Pam, It will be a little while for me to travel again, too. I’m glad you liked my photos. Have a great weekend!

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  26. Antoinette Truglio Martin March 6, 2021 / 10:18 am

    Morocco is high on my list of places to explore. Thanks for the tour and coffee.

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    • Natalie March 6, 2021 / 11:18 am

      Antoinette, I’m sure once the pandemic is under control, may countries including Morocco will welcome visitors. I hope you get to go to Morocco and tick it off your list. Thank you for stopping by.

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  27. Jackie March 6, 2021 / 10:33 am

    I haven’t been to Morocco since pre-digital photography. I also didn’t have as great an interestin photography back then. Would love to go back.

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    • Natalie March 6, 2021 / 11:22 am

      Jackie, If you go back to Morocco and travel around the country, I’m sure you’ll come away with hundreds of digital photos.

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  28. dinah March 6, 2021 / 11:12 am

    Good Morning!
    I’m still a bit of a newbie with blogging. I didn’t know about backing up files! I’m going to have to look into this and figure it out!
    Your photos and travels are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Happy weekend!💜

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    • Natalie March 6, 2021 / 11:24 am

      Good morning, Dinah, Back up files in WordPress is easy to do. In WordPress dashboard, I choose Tools | Export | Export All Content and Export Media Library. WordPress e-mails me a link for the blog back-up and I download the zipped file to keep. The media files are downloaded too.

      Every month, I do this, and delete the previous back-up files. This means I always have the latest and not use up memory space. In the event of a blog crash, the back-up files can be imported back to WordPress so you’ll get your blog back. I choose to back-up monthly. You can do it at the frequency you like. It takes a few clicks.

      I’m glad you liked my photos. Have a great weekend!

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      • dinah March 6, 2021 / 1:28 pm

        Wow! Thanks so much for explaining that! I am not very technologically savvy so this is immensely helpful! Thanks so much! I hope you have a wonderful weekend💜

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  29. Patrick Weseman March 6, 2021 / 8:12 pm

    Those are just so stunning and beautiful. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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    • Natalie March 7, 2021 / 9:21 am

      I’m glad you like my door photos. Thank you, Patrick, for stopping by.

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  30. dprastka March 6, 2021 / 9:12 pm

    What BEAUTIFUL doors photos, so unique and diverse. It is so cool to see something from another country! I enjoyed your coffee this weekend with a Fun new view from Morocco’s doors!! ❤️

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    • Natalie March 7, 2021 / 9:23 am

      Diana, I’m glad you liked my door photos. I thought I’d share something unique from my travels 🙂

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  31. joliesattic March 6, 2021 / 10:07 pm

    Hi Natalie! The timing of this couldn’t have been more perfect. I’m hoping to go to Rabat in the near future, at least that’s my goal and now there is so much to look forward to. My friend raves about it, but I’ve not been given any clue what to expect, other than the promise that I’ll love it. It seems amazing. Thank you for sharing.

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  32. OnceUponaTimeHappilyEverAfter.com March 6, 2021 / 11:45 pm

    Have long enjoyed the photos you share from the door photography challenge. Something so simple and universal. And yet look at all of the gorgeous doors you have encountered. My favorites, though, are the sturdy, unadorned doors of the stores in the market in Fez.
    So proud of you for the way this link up has taken off. Bravo, my friend.

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    • Natalie March 7, 2021 / 9:44 am

      Fez is an amazing city. I like those unadorned doors of the stores at Place Seffarine, too. It was fun visiting and browsing those stores. That public square is one of the oldest squares in the Medina in Fez and is packed with history and ancient charms. Thank you, Leslie, for linking up with Weekend Coffee Share. Your blog post adds to the rich content of the link-up. Have a great weekend!

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  33. Regina Martins March 7, 2021 / 6:19 am

    Your Morocco photos bring back memories of my trip in 2019. I loved Marrakesh. I didn’t enjoy Casablanca so much – except for the Mosque Hassan II which was amazing.

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    • Natalie March 7, 2021 / 9:52 am

      Regina, I loved Fez, Marrakesh, Rabat, and Volubilis. Casablanca is not as impressive to me as the other cities in Morocco. It was a convenient gateway for my flight home.

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  34. Hudie March 7, 2021 / 11:51 am

    Those doors are awesome! I have never been to Morocco, or anywhere else in Africa (yet)!

    I backup my media files and phone frequently – multiple times a month, usually as I upload or update. The blog and other media…well, let’s just say not often enough, LOL! It was a decent week, filled with shoveling snow, schoolwork with the kids, and relaxing. Thanks for asking. 😉

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    • Natalie March 7, 2021 / 7:05 pm

      Sounds like you have a good system in place for your media files and phone. I back up my blog and media files monthly to get into a habit for me to remember 🙂 Glad to hear you had a decent week. Have a great coming week!

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  35. Terri Webster Schrandt March 7, 2021 / 1:00 pm

    Such amazing images of doors of Morrocco and how fabulous to have traveled there, Natalie! I enjoy reading about your fitness journey and wish I could ramp mine up more these days. I have a premium Dropbox account which automatically saves my images and files from my phone into a special file. And yep, it’s a BIG file, one that could use some paring! Thanks for hosting weekend coffee share and have a great week!

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    • Natalie March 7, 2021 / 7:12 pm

      Terri, My fitness routine helps my mental health a lot during this pandemic and social isolation. I can see how useful the premium Dropbox account is for your photography. The paring is ongoing, isn’t it? I do a bit at a time and try to keep my photos under control 🙂 Have a great coming week!

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    • Natalie March 7, 2021 / 7:15 pm

      Yes, do the back up while you remember 🙂

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  37. Deborah March 7, 2021 / 7:12 pm

    Oh, I have some photos of doors that I’ve taken when travelling as well. I wonder what it is about an ‘entrance’ that’s so alluring!

    I think it’s probably because they so often reflect the architecture and culture of a place. I guess it’s the first thing people see when they arrive / before they enter so we generally want it be communicate who ‘we’ (inside) are.

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    • Natalie March 7, 2021 / 7:21 pm

      Some doors and gates are eye-catching, others look ordinary until we see what’s behind them. I had some wow moments in Morocco after I entered the space behind ordinary-looking doors. The unexpected beauty is memorable.

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  38. Suger March 7, 2021 / 7:13 pm

    Oh my goodness, they’re stunning! Morocco is top of our must-see list and this post just reminded me why. Amazing.

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    • Natalie March 7, 2021 / 7:26 pm

      Yes, there is some amazing art work in Morocco. Thank you for stopping by.

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  39. Jacquie Biggar March 7, 2021 / 7:15 pm

    Wow, these photos are amazing! The doors and tiles seem steeped in ancient culture. I love that Casablanca has a connection to Canada through its architecture!

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    • Natalie March 7, 2021 / 7:48 pm

      Jacquie, When I learned that the doors at Hassan II mosque have a connection to Canada, I had to take some photos 🙂 Those doors are huge and beautiful.

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  40. Min Write of the Middle March 7, 2021 / 11:25 pm

    I’d love to go to Morocco – the colours, patterns & styling and architecture agree with me! Great selection of ‘doors’ photos Natalie. I have a fascination with doors and windows and often photograph them myself. BTW – I really like your ‘organising life’ thing you do in the first week of every month. That is something I need to do! Hope you have a great week! xo

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    • Natalie March 8, 2021 / 8:07 am

      Min, I’m glad you liked my selection of doors. Travel to a foreign country gives us many photo opportunities, and when I can’t travel, like during this pandemic, it’s fun to revisit some of the photos taken.

      Re: Organizing life – I try to get into a good habit by doing some of the administrative tasks in the first week of the month. It gets easier with practice and each task takes a few minutes. Have a great week!

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  41. Rowena March 8, 2021 / 6:57 am

    Hello for another week, Natalie. I really loved your photos from Morocco. I’ve always wanted to go there, but bringing up the kids has been a priority. My aunt married a Morroccan guy when I was about 8 and I was their flower girl. He was very entertaining. My aunt has a few Moroccan recipes which she shared with my Mum. Of course, we found Moroccan food rather exotic.
    I have never backed up my blog. How do you do it please? I did read something about it once, but was too chicken. My husband works in IT and so he could help me get it sorted.
    It was our son’s 17th birthday today and I’m feeling overloaded with pavlova, chocolate birthday cake and butter chicken.It’s been a great day.
    Hope you have a great week.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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    • Natalie March 8, 2021 / 8:16 am

      Hello Rowena, I had many good meals when I was in Morocco. The beef tajine was a highlight. So great that you have a family connection and have Moroccan recipes. Also glad to hear you had a great day celebrating your son’s 17th birthday.

      How to back up your blog in WordPress: In WordPress dashboard, on the left side, I choose Tools | Export | Export All Content and Export Media Library. WordPress e-mails me a link for the blog back-up and I download the zipped file to keep on my computer. The media files are downloaded to my computer, too.

      Every month, I do this, and delete the previous back-up files. This means I always have the latest and not use up memory space. In the event of a blog crash, the back-up files can be imported back to WordPress so you’ll get your blog back. I choose to back-up monthly. You can do it at the frequency you like. It takes a few clicks. Hope this helps. Have a wonderful week!

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      • Rowena March 8, 2021 / 11:38 pm

        Thanks so much for that, Nalatie. Looks like my husband and I will be having a romantic night in tonight backing up the blog.
        Best wishes,
        Rowena

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  42. khayceelyn March 30, 2021 / 12:53 pm

    Wow, can`t wait to visit morocco Im so excited yay

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    • Natalie March 30, 2021 / 2:20 pm

      Thank you for your visit and comment. I hope you get to visit Morocco.

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  43. thehungrytravellers.blog May 3, 2021 / 2:41 pm

    Hi Natalie, lovely photos of those beautiful ornate Moroccan doors. Morocco is a favourite of ours, love it there. We have just come across your blog and interested to take a look around and follow your future travels

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    • Natalie May 3, 2021 / 3:01 pm

      Hi Phil and Michaela, Thank you for your visit and comment. I enjoyed my visit to Morocco very much. Feel free to check out my Travel page at the top of my blog for countries that I’ve visited. I’ve written about some of them but definitely not all of them because of time constraints. Some of my travel posts are on Blogger when I was using Blogger from 2016-2019. I’ve moved to WordPress since May-June 2019. Your comments or questions are welcome.

      May I ask how you found my blog?

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        • Natalie May 3, 2021 / 3:13 pm

          Great, thanks for letting me know. One of the participants in my weekly Weekend Coffee Share link-up suggested my blog to Ally. You’re welcome to join my link-up any and every week. The link-up details are under Blog Links at the top of my blog.

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    • Natalie May 8, 2021 / 12:00 pm

      Thank you for your visit and comment. Morocco is fascinating and sure has lots of doors and more to photograph.

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