Welcome to The Phoenix Files!

This blog is a collection of papers and how-to articles I have written, as well as my travel journals and general announcements. Scholarly works from "The Library" on my old website, are labeled here as "Historica Tractatu." 

My travels have had heavy influence on my work and are the 'back story' behind many of my designs. Some of my older journals are revised from the original, and most link to photo albums on Facebook.  

Moroccan Epilogue

Posted by Heather Daveno, hatmaker, intrepid traveler on 5/28/2017 to Travels in Morocco
"I did not see the things I expected to... and I saw what I never expected to see..."

After realizing that I had no suitcase, and in fact had added to my cargo, I spend much of the night photographing purchases in case they get lost, packing my most valued treasures into a shopping bag that would serve as my carry-on, and converting a tyvec grocery bag and a roll of duct tape into something resembling a suitcase that I can check in at the baggage counter.  

It is hard to leave the Riad Adriana this morning.  It is hard to leave Morocco...

The High Atlas Mountains in Morocco

Posted by Heather Daveno, hatmaker, intrepid traveler on 5/24/2017 to Travels in Morocco
We arise to another rooftop breakfast, with a table laid in white linen and colorful small tagines filled with preserves and shreds of butter.  We are back in the lands of well-rounded breakfasts, complete with fresh yogurt and one-egg omelets, which will help to fuel our final day of this tour and a much anticipated excursion into the High Atlas Mountains.


Posted by Heather Daveno, hatmaker, intrepid traveler on 5/21/2017 to Travels in Morocco
We depart the Palais des Roses in Agadir and are soon on our way to Marrakech. You can almost hear everyone humming the Crosby, Still & Nash song to themselves ... 

After passing through an unremarkable landscape, our first glimpse of Marrakech is of a medina in the distance, with a mass of rooftop satellite dishes offering a stark contrast to both the sand colored walls and the brilliant blue sky...

From Ouarzazate to Taroudant, and a GPS Fail

Posted by Heather Daveno, hatmaker, intrepid traveler on 5/17/2017 to Travels in Morocco
Having left the Ksar of the Ait Ben Haddou in Ouarzazate, we drive several more miles to our next destination of Taroudant.  We reach the downtown district but are unable to locate our hotel.  Mohamed and Doug both roll down their windows and start asking for directions to the street the hotel is on, but everyone they ask are tourists, just like we are.  

A phone call to the hotel provides hopeful direction to the medina...

A race, a fortress, and the Atlas Film Studios

Posted by Heather Daveno, hatmaker, intrepid traveler on 5/12/2017 to Travels in Morocco
I wake up to catch the sunrise from my window at the Ait Ben Moro Kasbah. It's pretty cold this morning, with the golden sky reflecting in the skimming of ice on the swimming pool.  I'd give anything for a pair of wool socks. 

Today we leave Skoura for Taraudant to see the Kasbah Taourirt, and then to Ouarzazate and the Atlas Film Studio where 'Kingdom of Heaven' was filmed. 

Kasbah Ait Ben Moro and a Berber carpet shop

Posted by Heather Daveno, hatmaker, intrepid traveler on 5/7/2017 to Travels in Morocco
After spending the morning at the Ikelene Mosque in Tinghir, followed by a walkthrough of the stunning Todra Gorge, we head to Skoura and the Kasbah Ait Ben Moro, where my traveling partners learn that if they cannot find me, they start looking for the nearest carpet loom ...