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Watch Mediterranean Tales online: Episode 1 Gibraltar & Tangier

Irma Kurtz sets off from her central London home to follow Mark Twains route from Gibraltar to Tangier. She meets the distinguished American novelist and diarist John Hopkins (author of Tangier Diaries and Tangier Buzzless Flies) and discusses the 'Beat' generation who found Morocco so appealing. During the 1950s and 60s, writers from Britain and the United States including Paul Bowles, William Burroughs and Tennessee Williams, flocked to Tangier for a high-society life of social and creative freedom. On arriving in Gibraltar she browses in the eccentric Garrison Library, meets the Rocks famous apes and finds out about everyday life from the new Governor Sir Francis Richards. In Tangier, Irma explores the legendary Caves of Hercules, visits the old Medina to discover the secrets of Moroccan bookbinding and samples the bohemian Tangier caf life.

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