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Tunisia | Marrakech, Morocco | Tangier

Tangier

The ancient port of Tangier is described by its partisans as the White Dove on the Shoulder of Africa: white cuboid buildings tumble down the slopes around a horseshoe-shaped bay.

More a predatory gull, perhaps, as it can drop a nasty mess on outsiders. Just ask Toshi, a 19-year-old backpacker from Osaka – or Samuel Pepys, the great English diarist. Pepys, who castigated Tangiers as a den of iniquity, tried to sort out the books during a brief and unprofitable interlude of British occupation in the seventeenth century.

In the twentieth century, Tangier became a laissez-faire international city with a powerful allure for the rebellious Beat generation, lured like moths from 1950s America. William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and Paul Bowles all lived and worked here.

Original images were 35mm Fujichrome or Ektachrome transparencies, and are available for licensing. Please visit www.travelgame.org.

Ferry from Spain about to dock
Ferry from Spain about to dock
Traditional musician, Tangier
Traditional musician, Tangier
Dar El Makhzen, Tangier
Dar El Makhzen, Tangier
Carpet dealer, Tangier
Carpet dealer, Tangier
Grand Socco (Grand Souk), Tangier
Grand Socco (Grand Souk), Tangier
Moroccan family
Moroccan family
Fruit stall, Tangier
Fruit stall, Tangier
Mother and child
Mother and child
Roofs of Tangier
Roofs of Tangier
The Medina walls, Tangier
The Medina walls, Tangier
A traditional waterseller, Tangier
A traditional waterseller, Tangier
Place de la Kasbah, Tangier
Place de la Kasbah, Tangier