My name is Lynn Sheppard and I am a maroc-o-phile!
I first visited Morocco in 2001. I found the people incredibly hospitable, the architecture and crafts inspiring and the colours (the blue skies, sunsets in the Sahara, the spices and handwoven rugs) dazzling. I stayed in a riad (Moroccan townhouse) in Essaouira over the new year into 2002 and there began my love affair with Essaouira and my dream of having my own place in Morocco. Regrettably, my next visit to Morocco wasn’t until 2009 and I didn’t come back to Essaouira until 2011. However, true love never dies and after 13 years working as a civil servant for the Scottish Government, the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the European Commission, I moved to Morocco! I have developed my knowledge of Essaouira and Morocco and become a published travel writer, working with brands such as Fodor’s, Journey Beyond Travel, Travel Exploration and others. These days I divide my time with my Swiri husband and our son between the festival cities of Edinburgh and Essaouira.