Although born and brought up in the UK, I left in my early twenties to explore other shores. Cape Town became my home for many years - there's something about that mountain that's magnetic. But I've swopped 34 degrees south for 34 degrees north, and now live in Fez, Morocco. I renovated a 400-year-old house in the medina and have called it home for more than ten years. Most of the time I design bespoke itineraries at my company Concierge Morocco, or help tourists find accommodation in the traditional houses of the medina through my website Fez Riads, using some of the profits to finance restoration projects in the community or to support the High Atlas Foundation. Writing is a passion. I write articles for various travel and food magazines and websites. Every now and then I land a gig as a Lonely Planet author and whizz off somewhere to do the research. I've worked on Fez Encounter 1, South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland 8 and 9, Cape Town 6, the Madagascar chapter for Africa 12, and Morocco 10 and 11. When the going gets tough in the medina, I head for my apartment in southern France, overlooking the river Dordogne.
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Planning a trip through Morocco
Morocco, South Africa - especially the Cape, Madagascar