7 THINGS YOU MUST EAT IN MOROCCO by Lindsay Shapka
1. Tanjines — Pictured above, these Moroccan stews are cooked in conical earthenware pots that keep the meat incredibly moist and tender. They are incredibly affordable (only a few dollars), full of flavour and usually come with a side of olives and fresh bread.
2. Couscous — No, not that yellow hard stuff that you can buy in the health food section of your grocery store. In Morocco, couscous is a fine, pale, grain-sized, hand-rolled pasta that is lightly steamed with a spiced broth, and served with fresh vegetables, lamb, chicken, or fish.
3. Bread — I know that it sounds strange, but the bread in Morocco is AMAZING. This is partially because the country was once a French colony, so their round breads and flakey, dense flattened croissants have a melt-in-your mouth Parisian flavour to them.
WHAT LATE-19TH CENTURY PARISIAN ART SCENE TYPE ARE YOU? by Lindsay Shapka
The Art Gallery of Alberta has created one of the smartest buzzfeed quizzes that I have taken (not that I take a lot of them…) in a LONG time. Based on their current exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910 — an incredible collection of paintings, posters, and illustrated programs for circuses, cabarets, and cafe-concerts — it helps you discover where you would fit in the avant-garde art scene of 19th century Paris!
Whether you are a super fan of art and history, or just want to say you’ve seen the Mona Lisa, a visit to the Louvre is a must-do if you are in Paris. This fortress turned palace turned gallery is now a massive, sprawling, and overwhelming collection of some of the most important pieces of human history. Making the most of your trip definitely takes some planning — I’ve visited the museum twice, and still haven’t come close to seeing everything!
First, let me tell you a little bit of the history of this famous museum (click here if you’d rather just read the tips!).
Construction on the Louvre began in 1190, but it wasn’t a fancy palace. At the time, it was located on the western edge of Paris, and it was built as a fortress to help protect the city. It had a moat and everything! The city quickly grew, engulfing the fortress, and King Charles V decided to convert it into a royal residence in 1364. From then until the present, the building has been in constant renovation with rulers like King Henri IV, King Louis XIV, and Napoleon Bonaparte all adding new buildings, wings, galleries, and elaborate decoration to the complex that they called home.
In 1692, artists began to hold shows in a few of the more public wings, and slowly, more and more of the buildings began to fill with art and artifacts from all over the world. By 1882, the majority of the Louvre had become a museum. In 1939, during WWII, the museum was evacuated except for the largest pieces, and the works were hidden away all over the country. It re-opened while still under occupation in 1940.
Now, thousands ride the escalator beneath the controversial… MORE
“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” — Ernest Hemingway
“But I am a born pilgrim. Even when I am feeling really lazy or I’m missing home, I need take only one step to be carried away by the excitement of the journey… I realize that I will never reach my goal by staying in the same place all the time. I can speak to my soul only when the two of us are off exploring deserts or cities or mountains or roads. ” — from Aleph by Paulo Coelho
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” — Oscar Wilde
On The Anthrotorian you will find posts about travel adventures, art both new and old, the beautiful and unique elements of culture, the most intriguing parts of history, and fleeting memories captured in photographs.