Wednesday, July 18, 2007
We spent two days in this grand but faded city on the north coast of Morocco. It has been passed from empire to empire and along the way acquiring, like Casablanca and Marrakesh, a reputation for the exotic and the romantic. It was after Delacroix that Tangier became an obligatory stop for artists seeking to experience the colors and light he spoke of - Matisse made several trips to Tangier. The city has also been a playground for eccentric millionaires and attracted in the 1940s and 1950s a circle of writers including Paul Bowles, Tennessee Williams, Jean Genet, Mohamed Choukri, and later Jack Kerouac.