City Slicker: Tangiers

Money is pouring into this gateway to Africa, helping the city to shake off its seedy past. Ian McCurrach offers a guide for new and returning visitors

Tom Keylock: Rolling Stones fixer from the 1960s

There have been many dark chapters in the long, tumultuous, history of the Rolling Stones and their chauffeur and "fixer" Tom Keylock witnessed several of them.

Tips and deals: 09/08/2009

The deal

Go first class. Virgin Trains is offering weekend upgrades from £5 per child and £15 per adult for a single rail journey. With a first-class ticket you get access to free Wi-Fi, bigger seats, more legroom and free refreshments. For details go to virgintrains.com

My Life In Travel: James Purefoy

'I got mosquito bites so big I thought I'd caught the plague'

Narrative Essays, By George Orwell

In late 1938, still frail after the Spanish Civil War, Orwell went to Morocco and wrote "Marrakech". Faced with a respectful column of colonial troops from Senegal, meekly serving France, he notes – this in the heyday of blithe, oblivious travel writing – "How much longer can we go on kidding these people? How long before they turn their guns in the other direction?"

Travel challenge: A short break get-together in a Moroccan riad

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a particular holiday. Today: four nights' hire of a riad (a traditional Moroccan house with an interior garden) in Marrakech. Prices are for the rental of an entire riad in mid-June.

Last Night's Television: Why Poetry Matters, BBC2<br />Feasts, BBC4

You just have to hope that Bruce Parry wasn't planning something similar. Think about it: three months doing the research for "Tribe: Let's Party!" and then he finds out that Stefan Gates has beaten him to the concept with Feasts, in which Gates tours the world going to the most extravagant parties he can find. Not hedge-fund manager bashes in Marrakesh with Bruce Springsteen airlifted in for the cabaret (although there were shades of such cash-splashing here) but the kind of parties that have sufficient cultural pedigree to be able to call themselves festivals. Like Parry, Gates specialises in immersive reporting, and the voiceover suggested that he was hoping to pull off a kind of therapy/anthropology double with his new series: "He's hoping that he'll be able to conquer his inhibitions and get under the skin of people and cultures around the world". Quite why the people of the world should be helping a British food writer to loosen up I'm not sure, but they certainly seemed happy to give it a shot last night.

Katy Holland: Is Morocco a sensible place to take kids?

Are we there yet? It'll certainly be an unforgettable adventure for all.

Taking the family to Marrakech is child's play

Club Med has re-styled a hotel in the Moroccan city as a family-friendly resort. Kate Simon reports

Huge rise in single night breaks

Single-night holidays are increasing in popularity as travellers look to get away but cut costs, it was revealed today.

Best for high-level hiking: Morocco

From high-level trekking in Morocco's Atlas Mountains to rubbing shoulders with A-listers on Hollywood Boulevard, and from rural retreats off Tuscany's beaten track to jet-set hang outs for Moscow's super-rich, our writers have been to the ends of the earth to find a world of inspiration

Lights, camera, africa: Morocco is a place of deserts, mountains and unique film sets

After a 15-minute drive into the infinite horizon of the desert road from Ouarzazate to Agadir in southern Morocco you come across a very unlikely looking petrol station.

Mama extends a trendy welcome to tough Paris

The Mama Shelter used to be a multi-story car-park. Its ceilings and floors are covered with graffiti. It stands beside a disused railway line in what is reputed to be one of the toughest, and least fashionable, areas of Paris.

24-Hour Room Service: Maison MK, Marrakech, Morocco

There was a time in London when it was fashionable to be in fashion. Then it was to be a DJ, then a photographer. Now – or so it seems, with the souks saturated with expats – it's all the rage to go and run a riad in Marrakech.

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