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The Gate 1 Foundation
Improving Life through Travel, Education & Cultural Exchange

Thursday, June 18, 2015

It has been just over a year since we launched the Gate 1 Foundation, our nonprofit organization committed to improving lives through travel, education and cultural exchange. Our mission is simple and basic: to provide children with better opportunities to learn and grow by offering supplies and new facilities to some of the world's most rural and under-served places. But simple and basic needs can sometimes prove challenging to provide, which is why we have an entire team dedicated to the effort.

Since we began, the Foundation has not only donated time and resources to improve school conditions, including new classrooms, printers, computers, uniforms and even wood-burning stoves; it has also invited our travelers to visit the schools we help, encouraging them to hand-deliver supplies – like pencils and paper and everyday items like warm clothes – directly into the hands of teachers.

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FEATURED DESTINATION: Morocco

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The Road to Morocco: North Africa with a Dash of Europe

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Morocco is one of the world's most entrancing destinations. Here, in one of Africa's most developed and modern countries, the past lives on in vast and vibrant souks and medinas that harken back to the days of ancient desert trade routes. Donkeys are led through city streets carrying their burden of goods. Camels, kasbahs and inviting oasis towns dot an arid landscape. And mighty Sahara sands stretch eastward, beginning their long, undulating reach all the way to Egypt.

An authentic and deeply historic place, Morocco is a heady blend of African roots and European sensibility, a fascinating bridge between two worlds. What's more, it harbors incredible natural beauty and diversity, from vast desert to soaring snow-capped peaks, from deep-cut gorges to beautiful Atlantic coasts. Gate 1 Travel can't wait to share it all with you. Our expert Tour Managers know and love their country, and they are eager to open doors that will let you peer deeply into the rich and alluring culture they call home.

Three Imperial Cities

Fez Blue GateOf Morocco's four historic capitals, Gate 1 Travel visits three: Fez, Marrakesh and Rabat.

Fez was founded around the turn of the 9th century and served as the country's capital several times over its long history. The city has many highlights, the University of Al Karaouine, the oldest university in the world; the splendid Royal Palace; and a richly traditional Jewish Quarter among them. But for many, the highlight of this remarkable city is the Fes el Bali medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This sprawling marketplace brims with brass and leather goods, lush carpets, and handmade slippers, and is thought to be one of the largest car-free urban areas in the world, making it a delight to stroll and explore. For its sophistication and amazing history, Fez has been called the Athens of Africa.

Marrakesh SunsetThe carnival-like Jamaa El Fna Square of Marrakesh is synonymous with all things Moroccan. As evening sets in, it becomes an intoxicating blend of snake charmers, fire eaters, kebab stalls and much more. Many people come to Morocco just to experience this feast for the senses. However, there's lots more to see here, from the glittering Bahia Palace and Gardens – the greatest palace of its day in the 19th century – to the slender Koutoubia Minaret that punctuates the elegant mosque of the same name.

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