Oh the dazzling sights and sounds of Maroc!
A little girl peers into a shop window.
Tree branches holding lanterns and candles.
Decorative birdcages are popular...
...whether or not one keeps a bird.
...or three or four.
An assortment of silver, brass and glass candlesticks of various styles and heights.
A globe light fixture by Yahya, who sells his work in a boutique at 61 rue de Yougoslavie, Passage Ghandouri, in the heart of Gueliz, Marrakech.
A traditional costume.
Perhaps a walk and browsing in bookstores?
Wall of mirrors.
After carrying all those heavy parcels, shall we visit the hammam?
Would you like some cool and refreshing cucumber water with mint?
Tea, then more sightseeing and shopping?
After all that shopping, sightseeing and exploring, have you worked up an appetite?
Let's have dinner at a restaurant featuring these beautiful place settings created by Myriam Mourabit.
Hmmm, spicy chicken couscous! Bon appetit!
Tea after dinner?
Photo of birds in a cage at Merci, Paris.
Photos of cucumber water and spicy chicken couscous at my home in Paris.
All other photos, vitrines, Galeries Lafayette, Paris.
Did you hear about this New Zealand bank's mistake? When living in Jordan, I was expecting a transfer of funds from my employer in the UK. The accountant, who was converting dinars into pounds into dollars, mistakenly sent $210,000, rather than $21,000. As it was deposited into my personal account, technically the money was mine to keep.
I phoned my boss, who was traveling and left a message saying, "I knew you were pleased with my work and planning to give me a bonus, but I never expected anything like this!" About an hour later, he phoned me from Spain, desperately charming, to make sure I returned the money. Of course I did! But in the week of bureaucrarcy required to transfer funds back to the UK, I made about $1000 in interest and got a big bonus. And I received two marriage proposals. Ha ha!