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A Touch of Morocco in Escazú...
This is La Casa de Ali Baba


An idea that roots from the souks of Morocco - La Casa de Ali Baba in central Escazú - just outside of San Jose...

La Casa de Ali Baba Moroccan Lamps
At a Souk in Marrakech, a Beautiful Moroccan Lampscape

Is something straight out of a fairytale.

A unique selection in Moroccan decor, this gorgeous little shop - owned by Diana Duignan, living here on the Rich Coast for some 10+ years...

La Casa de Ali Baba Diana
Diana (Middle), in Morocco

...boasts a variety of authentic items.

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Mood-setting lamps of metal and glass...

Carpets of the highest quality...

Vibrant, traditional pottery...

Each item is handmade (and handpicked by Diana herself) - not a single one the same.

And here on this page of the website - a 'touch of Morocco' in Escazú...

Please read on to learn more...








The Souks of Morocco

Flying from the Rich Coast - all the way to Morocco, in Africa...

La Casa de Ali Baba Casa Marrakech
This is Marrakech

It's bustling cities like Marrakech and Fez that Diana enjoys visiting...

...home to some of the largest and most elaborate souks in the country.

And yes, if you didn't know...

A souk of course - is the name given for an Arab-style market, something also referred to, as a bazaar.

Marrakech especially, also known as the "Ochre City" - beholds many wonders.

La Casa de Ali Baba Water Vendor
Moroccan Water Vendor, in Traditional Garb

Take a stroll through Djemma el-Fna, largest square on the continent...

And be nothing short of amazed.

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Snake charmers.

Story tellers.

Circus performers.

Dancers.

Moroccan water vendors - each dressed in traditional garb - bells ringing at their sides...

All line the streets - each contributing to the unique atmosphere of this Aladdin-esque place.

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But of course - as Diana went on to describe...

It's within the depths of the bazaar - origin of the authentic, handmade items, here on display at La Casa de Ali Baba in Escazú...

Where magic is found.




La Casa de Ali Baba

A mini bazaar in itself, some 12+ hours return - back, and over the Atlantic Ocean...

La Casa de Ali Baba Morocco to Costa Rica
The Journey Home, to La Casa de Ali Baba - in Escazú, Costa Rica

La Casa de Ali Baba showcases the very best - exquisite Moroccan decor, born of the heart - of Marrakech.

La Casa de Ali Baba Metal Lamps
Moroccan-Style Lamps

And surely, first glance...

It's lamps of intricate design - a fusion of copper and glass...

That will capture both your attention, and very soon after...

Your imagination.

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A second kind - the henna lamp...

Is made using a very special technique - one that has been passed down, for centuries.

Goat or sheep skin - stretched over a wrought iron frame...

La Casa de Ali Baba Colorful Moroccan Lamps
Moroccan Henna Lamps, on Display

...serves as a canvas for beautiful designs to be drawn.

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Easily a favorite, here at Diana's shop - reminiscent of a trip to Egypt, I took some time ago...

La Casa de Ali Baba Hookah
Hookahs on Sale at the Bazaar

Is the hookah, also known as a 'waterpipe'.

Instruments used for smoking flavored tobacco (also called shisha)...

They're quite common in areas such as Morocco and Egypt - India, Pakistan, Turkey, and others - as well.

Recommendation...

Definitely go for the apple or apricot-flavored tobacco.

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And yes, there's more...

From sets of tables and chairs - to elaborately-designed carpets and mirrors - to a vibrant selection of traditional plates and pottery...

La Casa de Ali Baba Moroccan Decor
A Luxury Hotel Room of Moroccan Design

...be it contemporary, colonial, or another...

Moroccan is a style that goes well with anything.

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And with that...

La Casa de Ali Baba Map
To La Casa de Ali Baba...

Next time you venture to the San Jose area of Costa Rica...

Definitely make a stop at La Casa de Ali Baba - or call the story directly at (506) 2289-4860.

Getting there is easy.

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Heading West on Highway 27 past Sabana Park...

Take exit 105 to Escazú.

Passing Walmart, Tony Roma's and T.G.I. Friday's on your right-hand side...

Diana's store is just on the left - no way can you miss it!

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Well, thank you very much for reading...

As always - lots more to come, here at ThisisCostaRica.com.

Pura Vida!




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