Morocco. The oldest library in the world with 12 centuries of history, science and arts, finally reopens


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Women continue to play a key role in the history of the library of Al Karaouine, in Fez, Morocco. Founded in 859 by Fatima El Fihriya, daughter of a wealthy merchant, Al Karaouine was recently entrusted to the restoration architect Aziza Chaouni who was born in the ancient Moroccan city. The works, started in 2012 at the behest of the Ministry of Culture, had to be completed within the summer 2016  : the authorities,  ensure that before the end of the year the library, known to be the  oldest in the world, will welcome back scholars and visitors. To access the library of Al Karaouine – which also houses a mosque and a university – you have go through a huge iron door with  four big padlocks, each of which opens with a different key. Inside the library are kept precious manuscripts, whose integrity had been put at risk over the past centuries by dust and moisture, two true scourges for texts that have hundreds of years. Aziza Chaouni has proceeded to provide the structure of a new sewage system and a system of underground channels able to drain the moisture. The library is also now equipped with an advanced laboratory able to treat, preserve and digitize ancient texts. The oldest manuscripts are kept in a special room equipped with sensors to ensure tight control over the interior temperature; among these writings the oldest is a copy of the Koran dating back to the ninth century A.D. written on camel leather in ancient Kufic handwriting.

One of the many treasures to discover on your next trip to Morocco. Just visit our web site and check our Morocco brochure




Airline meals: The best meals of all?


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No doubt on Turkish Airline. Their catering suppliers make a superfine work and delight even passengers on short-haul flights. The best in Europe is   Greek Aegean Airline, “true ambassador of its own tradition in flight” thanks to the “Discover Greek Cuisine” program with menus of the different regions of the country.pasto-aereo

Word of Nik Loukas!  The reviewer  superblogger since 2012 has been around the world 17 times, flying over 428mila miles and visiting 44 countries. All these experiences are since 2012 reported in depth on his platform  Inflightfeed :   each airline is on file and reviewed in its features and dining options.

For example, considering the low cost airlines, for Loukas the best are the Japanese Peach and Turkish Pegasus Airlines.

For the first class, on the other hand, according to the judgment of super blogger it is still Singapore Airlines to soar:   what about lobster and caviar during your Singapore-Melbourne flight!  Their Book the Cook is a luxury service reserved for 1st class passengers who can book in advance their favorite dishes and find it once on board!

On Air France First Class you can upgraded lunch and dinner. For a certain amount of money  you can “transform” their meal from the standard  to one prepared   by the famous Lenotre!

In the States Loukas puts on top Jet Blue, Alaska Airlines and Virgin America.   The Mint of JetBlue business class serves the best meals and Alaska Airlines refreshments are the best in economy. The key of the success to all three Company menus is the catering from  local culinary  excellences: for example, JetBlue has formed a partnership for its first class meals with Saxon + Parole, ultra-chic restaurant in the East Village while Alaska serves  meals developed by renowned chef and restaurateur Tom Douglas.