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April 2017

OFF ROAD TO BOUTAGHRAR, BOUMALNE DADES, GORGES, TINGHIR

5 Day Sahara Desert Trip Morocco


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DAY 2 - OUARZAZATE TO TINGHIR INCLUDING OFF ROAD 4X4 DRIVING.

YESTERDAY WE LEFT MARRAKECH AND HEADED OVER THE HIGH ATLAS
MOUNTAINS, DISCOVERED AN AMAZING HISTORICAL KASBAH AND A
WELL KNOWN HERITAGE SITE THAT HAS HOUSED A NUMBER OF
FAMOUS MOVIES INCLUDING STAR WARS.

TODAY WE WERE GOING TO EXPERIENCE SOMETHING EQUALLY
AMAZING AND DIVERSE.....

JUST OUT OF OUARZAZATE WAS THIS HUGE LAKE.

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WE FELT THAT THIS COULD BE OUR LAST SIGHTING FOR A WHILE
OF LUSH TROPICAL SCENERY....

WHEREAS JUST UP THE ROAD WE STOPPED BRIEFLY TO VIEW VAST
UNTOUCHED COUNTRYSIDE.

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WE TURNED OFF TOWARDS SKOURA AND HABIB STOPPED TO
SHOW US THIS GRAND KASBAH THAT HOSTED THE MOVIE
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA.

KASBAH AMRIDIL

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THIS KASBAH WAS BUILT IN THE 17TH CENTURY BY THE NASSIRI.
IT IS INTERESTING TO LEARN THAT THE NASSIRI FAMILY STILL LIVES
HERE. THEY HAVE CREATED A MUSEUM WITH TOOLS THAT WERE
USED CENTURIES AGO.

THEY STILL CARRY OUT DAILY LIFE HERE WITH THE OLD OLIVE OIL
PRESS, BREAD OVENS AND HAPPY GOATS MEANDERING AROUND
IN THE COURTYARD.

OFF ROAD 4X4 DRIVING

IT WAS NOT LONG AFTER THIS THAT WE VENTURED OFF ROAD.
HABIB TURNED UP THE AIR-CON, PUT SOME LOCAL MUSIC ON....
AND WE HIT THE ROCKY DIRT TRACK TOWARDS BOUTAGHRAR.

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MEETING BERBER NOMADS

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THIS WAS ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR DESERT TRIP.
MEETING REAL BERBER NOMADS.

IT WAS A REAL HUMBLING EXPERIENCE AND A PRIGILEGE.
THIS IS HOW THEY LIVE, IN HOLLOWED OUT CAVES AS WELL AS
THE TENT ABOVE.

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THIS WAS A TOTAL SURPRISE. HABIB PULLED UP IN THE MIDDLE OF
NOWHERE AND ASKED US IF WE WANTED TO MEET SOME NOMADS.

WHAT?..... MEET REAL NOMADS? WOW!!
WELL YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO ASK ME TWICE!! :)

AFTER SOME PLEASANTRIES, HABIB OBVIOUSLY KNEW THE FAMILY...
WE WERE ASKED TO JOIN THEM FOR SOME TEA.
IT WAS A TRULY AWESOME EXPERIENCE!

THE FAMILY WERE GRANDPA, MUM, 2 BOYS, 1 GIRL AND A BABY.
DAD WAS OUT HERDING THE ANIMALS.

WE SAT DOWN ON RUGS INSIDE THE CAVE AND SHARED MINT TEA,
SMILES AND GOOS AND GAAS OVER THE BABY :)
I TELL YOU.... THIS WAS A ONCE IN A LIFE TIME EXPERIENCE!!!

I GAVE TWO OF THE BEAD BRACELETS THAT GILLIAN FROM
VIRTUALTOURIST GAVE ME IN PARIS TO THE LITTLE GIRL WHO WAS
REALLY EXCITED AND HAPPY WITH HER NEW PRESENT.

WE REALLY WISHED THAT WE HAD HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT
HAVING SOME COLOURING PENCILS AND COLOURING BOOKS WITH US.
SO THAT IS A TIP FOR YOU IF YOU PLAN TO DO THE SAME TRIP.

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VALLEY OF THE ROSES

COMING INTO BOUTAGHRAR (Valley of the Roses) WAS A
PLEASANT SURPRISE. IT WAS LIKE AN OASES COMPARED TO WHERE
WE HAD JUST BEEN :)

WE STOPPED AT SOME SMALL GIFT SHOPS WHERE THEY WERE
SELLING MOROCCAN ROSE OIL.

HUBBY AND I WERE MORE INTERESTED IN TAKING SOME PHOTOS
ACROSS THE ROAD OF THE LOCALS ENJOYING THE RIVER AND
GOING ABOUT THEIR DAILY ACIVITIES.

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BOUMALNE DADES

LUNCH AT HOTEL LA KASBAH DE DADES EX CHEMS WAS NICE
AND RELAXED. THE VERANDAH OVERLOOKED THE VALLEY
BELOW. HABIB, EVER THE ATTENTATIVE HOST LEFT US TO ENJOY
OUR SURROUNDINGS.

ACROSS THE ROAD WAS A BIG NOTICE BOARD WITH AN
AWESOME PAINTING. FROM THE VERANDAH, WE COULD LOOK
OUT AT THE VALLEY BELOW SURROUNDED WITH MAGNIFICANT
MOUNTAINS.

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN WE STOPPED BRIEFLY TO ADMIRE THE
SCENERY. SOME LOCAL CHILDREN CAME UP THE HILL FROM
NOWHERE AND PRESENTED US WITH THEIR HOME MADE GIFT
OF A CAMEL MADE OUT OF STRAW. OF COURSE WE PAID THEM
HANSOMELY FOR OUR NEW PRESENT :)

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ON THE WAY TO THE STUNNING DADES GORGES, WE STOPPED
BRIEFLY TO ADMIRE THE MOUNTAIN LANDSCAPE.
HABIB EXPLAINED THAT THE MOUNTAINS WHERE WE SAW WRITING
MEANT GOD, KING, NATION.

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DADES GORGES

WHAT A VIEW!!

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HABIB KNEW JUST THE PLACE TO STOP BEFORE WE TRAVERSED
THE STEEP WINDY ROAD DOWN TOWARDS TINGHIR, OUR REST
STOP FOR THE NIGHT.

WE STOPPED AT CAFE TIMZZILLITE FOR A COOL DRINK AND A
VIEW TO DIE FOR!

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TINGHIR

HABIB COULD NOT HAVE PICKED A BETTER PLACE FOR US TO
STAY THAN RIAD DAR AYOUR IN TINGHIR.

BUT.... FIRST OF ALL..... HERE IS A CARPET STORY ;)

AFTER WE HAD SETTLED IN, WE HAD A BIT OF TIME TO KILL BEFORE
DINNER.

HABIB INTRODUCED US TO A LOCAL WHO OFFERED TO TAKE US FOR
A WALK AROUND. SURE.... WHY NOT.

IT WAS NICE WALKING ALONG THE RIVER BANK AND THEN UP THE
HILL FOR A LOVELY VIEW OVER TOWN.
THERE WAS A WEDDING HAPPENING AND THE MUSIC WAS LOUD.
A LONE DONKEY WAS HAVING HIS LATE AFTERNOON SNACK :)

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RAZOUK TOOK US THROUGH THE SMALL ALLEYWAYS OF TINGHIR
AND TO HIS HUMBLE HOME.

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WE FELT REALLY PRIVILEGED TO SIT WITH RAZOUK AND HIS SISTER
AND ENJOY SOME MINT TEA. BUT THERE WAS A CATCH.....

IT WAS NOT UNTIL RAZOUK BOUGHT OUT SOME CARPETS THAT WE
REALISED WHAT WAS GOING ON. HIS SISTER SHOWED US HOW SHE
MAKES THE CARPETS.... SPINNING THE WOOL AND CAMEL HAIR ETC.

I HAD AVOIDED BUYING A CARPET BEFORE NOW.....
AFTER ALL... HOW WAS I GOING TO SHIP A CARPET FROM MOROCCO
ALL THE WAY TO AUSTRALIA?

BUT, WE COULD NOT REFUSE. HOW COULD ONE REFUSE SUCH
AMAZING HOSPITALITY?...

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SO WE BOUGHT THIS LITTLE CARPET WHICH HOLDS PRIME PLACE ON
OUR LOUNGE WALL :) WE HAD IT SHIPPED FROM MARAKECH HOME
AND THE SHIPPING PRICE ALONE COST MORE THAN THE CARPET!!

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SO TIP..... YES, IT IS WELL WORTH IT TO BUY AN AUTHENTIC CARPET
FROM A SMALL VILLAGE IN MOROCCO.... BUT EXPECT TO PAY A
SMALL FORTUNE FOR IT :)

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RIAD DAR AYOUR - TINGHIR

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I LOVED IT HERE! THE STAFF WERE SO NICE. THEY MADE US FEEL
EXTREMELY WELCOME.

WE HAD A MAGNIFICANT VIEW FROM THE LITTLE VERANDAH OFF
OUR ROOM. DINNER WAS FUN :) I EVEN HAD A DANCE WITH THE
STAFF. WE BOTH ENJOYED IT ;)

I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS PLACE TOTALLY IF YOU PLAN TO STAY
IN TINGHIR.

~~~oOo~~~

NEXT UP -

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SLEEPING OUT UNDER THE STARS IN THE SAHARA DESERT! :)

THIS, PLUS MUCH MORE!.............. TO BE CONTINUED ON DAY 3...

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TODRA GORGES, SAGHRO MOUNTAINS, N'KOB, TAMEGROUTE, M'HAMID

Big 6 Week Trip


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WE FINISHED YESTERDAY WITH A FUN NIGHT IN OUR RIAD IN TINGHIR.
IT WAS SAD TO LEAVE THIS LITTLE PLACE SURROUNDED BY THE GREAT
DADES MOUNTAINS AND TODRA GORGES. I COULD EASILY HAVE
ENJOYED ANOTHER DAY HERE.

IT'S FUNNY.... THAT EVEN THOUGH I FELT AT THE TIME THAT WE GOT
RIPPED OFF BY A LOCAL CARPET SELLER.... NOW I FEEL LIKE IT WOULD
HAVE BEEN NICE TO HAVE THIS LOCAL SHOW US AROUND A BIT MORE.
RAZOUK.... YOU REALLY WERE A COOL GUY :)

TODAY, WE WERE ABOUT TO VENTURE INTO SOME ROUGH TERRITORY,
TAKING US THROUGH CHANGING COUNTRYSIDE AND TO THIS SMALL
VILLAGE RIGHT ON THE EDGE OF THE SAHARA WHERE HABIB OUR GUIDE
GREW UP.

TODRA GORGES

WE HAD QUITE A BIT OF MILEAGE TO COVER TODAY SO WE STARTED
OUT EARLY. QUICK PIT STOP AT THE HUGE TODRA GORGES. I MEAN
HUGE!! I IMAGINE THE HOTEL HERE WOULD COST A FORTUNE :)

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OFF ROAD 4X4 TO JEBEL SAGHRO MOUNTAINS

TIME TO TAKE A SHORT CUT AND HIT THE DUSTY TRACK TOWARDS
TAZZARINE AND ON TO THE SAHARA DESERT.

THIS PART OF THE JOURNEY MAY BE BORING FOR SOME. I FOUND IT
INTERESTING. I COULD CERTAINLY SEE THAT WE WERE ON THE WAY
TO THE DESERT. LONG FLAT ROADS TO NOWHERE, FOLLOWED BY
TRAVERSING AROUND MOUNTAINOUS TERRAINE DEVOID OF THE
USUAL GREENERY THAT MOUNTAINS USUALLY ATTRACT.......

ALL THIS KEPT ME INTERESTED... ALONG WITH THE GREAT LOCAL MUSIC THAT
HABIB WAS PLAYING WHILST WE SAT IN 4 WHEEL DRIVE COMFORT
WITH THE AIR-CON ON FULL BALL :)

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QUICK STOP TO STRETCH OUR LEGS.
HOWIE WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO FOUND A WEE TREE ;)

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N'KOB

THE SHORT CUT DIRT TRACK ENDED AT N'KOB AND BACK ONTO
THE BITUMEN LEADING THROUGH TAZZARINE, TAMEGROUTE
AND TO M'HAMID ON THE EDGE OF THE SAHARA.

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I SAW THIS HOUSE HEADING INTO N'KOB THAT LOOKED LIKE
IT WAS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

I WAS LEFT SCRATCHING MY HEAD A BIT?....
WOULDN'T IT HAVE BEEN BETTER TO WORK ON THE ACCESS
FIRST?.... SEEMS LIKE A BIT OF A ROUGH DRIVEWAY TO ME?...

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AFTER DRIVING UP AND THROUGH THE VILLAGE, WE STOPPED
BRIEFLY FOR A VIEW OVER THE VALLEY.

SOME CHILDREN CAME DOWN TO SAY HI AND HABIB GAVE
THEM A BIT OF CHANGE.

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NOT TOO FAR NOW... ;)

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WE DROVE THROUGH TAZZARINE WITHOUT STOPPING. NOT
TOO MUCH TO SEE HERE.

TAMEGROUTE

THERE WERE HOWEVER A COUPLE OF THINGS OF INTEREST IN
TAMEGROUTE.

TAMEGROUTE IS THE HOME OF LOVELY POTTERY. WE STOPPED
AT A LITTLE SHOP AND HABIB TOOK US AROUND THE BACK AND
SHOWED US HOW THEY MAKE IT SITTING IN DUG OUT HOLES
TO KEEP COOL AND ENSURE THEY DON'T BEND TOO MUCH.
AND WITH KILN HOLES OUT BACK TO FIRE THE POTTERY.

TAMEGROUTE ALSO HAS SOMETHING ELSE THAT IS SPECIAL.
HABIB TOOK US THROUGH A LABYRINTH OF SMALL STREETS
TO AN AMAZING KORANIC LIBRARY WHERE THOUSANDS OF
ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS ARE KEPT.

NOW THAT IS SOMETHING YOU DON'T SEE EVERY DAY IN
YOUR TRAVELS. VERY INTERESTING AND INTREGUING.

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HABIB EXPLAINED THAT WE WERE NOW IN THE DRAA VALLEY
WHERE THE PALMS MEET THE DESERT AND TRUE ENOUGH
WE WATCHED AS THE PALMS GOT LESS AND LESS AND THE
DESERT LOOMED AHEAD.

WE SAW OUR FIRST DESERT CAMEL :)

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AND A DUST STORM THAT WE HAD TO STRATEGICALLY AVOID.

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M'HAMID

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MAIN STREET OF M'HAMID. HABIB IS A BERBER NOMAD BORN
AND BRED IN THIS LITTLE TOWN. AS WE DROVE DOWN THE
MAIN AND ONLY STREET, IT WAS TOUCHING TO SEE HOW MANY
LOCALS RACED OVER TO SAY HELLO AND DO THE MOROCCAN
MALE GREETING :)

WE FELT PRIVILEGED TO BE WITH SUCH A CELEB :)

BUT THINGS WERE ABOUT TO GET A WHOLE LOT BETTER!

NOT ONLY DID WE HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF SMILING AT THE
LOCALS THAT GREETED OUR GUIDE, BUT HABIB DROVE AROUND
A BACK STREET AND INVITED US TO COME IN AND HAVE A FEED
WITH HIS FAMILY! WOW! WHAT A GRAND PRIVILEGE!!!

A HUGE TAGINE FEAST WAS PRESENTED IN THE MIDDLE OF
THE FAMILY ROOM AND WE SAT DOWN ON NICE PILLOWS ON
THE FLOOR AND ALL TUCKED IN EATING WITH OUR HANDS
AND DIPPING THE HOME MADE BREAD INTO THE JUICES.
I TELL YOU.... IT WAS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!

HUBBY AND I FELT HUMBLED AND PRIVILEGED, AND THE FAMILY
WARMTH WAS SO EVIDENT :)
SORRY.... NO PICTURES. WE DIDN'T THINK THAT WOULD BE
APPROPRIATE.

SAHARA DESERT

OUR FIRST NIGHT SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS IN THE SAHARA :)

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THIS CAMP SITE WASN'T FAR FROM M'HAMID.
A MISTY SUNSET GREETED US.

WE WERE ASKED IF WE WANTED TO SLEEP IN A LITTLE HUT OR
IF WE WANTED OUR BED OUTSIDE. THAT'S A NO BRAINER ;)

EVEN AFTER A BIG DAY, I MANAGED TO WAKE A FEW TIMES AND
JUST LOOK UP AT THE STARS AND LISTEN TO THE VARIOUS
DESERT SOUNDS OF INSECTS AND DISTANT CAMELS.
AN EXPERIENCE I WILL NEVER FORGET :)

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NEXT MORNING OUR CAMELS ARRIVED.
YES, WE WERE ABOUT TO RIDE THE CAMELS OUT OF THE DESERT.
THE ORIGINAL PLAN WAS FOR US TO RIDE INTO THE DESERT...
BUT THE SANDSTORM THE PREVIOUS DAY MEANT THAT PLAN B
WAS IN PLACE.

PLAN B WAS GOOD :)

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MY CAMEL - ISN'T SHE CUTE :)

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HUBBY'S CAMEL - EQUALLY CUTE :)

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WE SAW A NOMAD CAMP WITH TWO YOUNG ONES :)

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AND WHEN WE ARRIVED AT M'HAMID .... OUR BUTTS WERE A BIT
SORE.... BUT THE CAMEL RIDE OUT OF THE SAHARA DESERT WAS
A MEMORY THAT WE WILL NEVER FORGET! :)

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NEXT UP - ANOTHER NIGHT SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS IN A
BIGGER DESERT CAMP WITH BIGGER DUNES!!
AND BETTER PHOTOS!!!!

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M'HAMID, CHEGAGA BIVOUAC DESERT CAMP, MARRAKECH

6 Week Trip


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THE PREVIOUS DAY SAW US SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS IN THE
SAHARA DESERT NOT FAR OUT FROM M'HAMID, A SMALL TOWN
ON THE EDGE OF THE DESERT AND WHERE OUR GUIDE HABIB
WAS BROUGHT UP.

THIS MORNING, WE RODE OUT OF THE DESERT ON CAMELS.
A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE!

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DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER.

~~~oOo~~~

ACTUALLY IT DOES!! :) MORE ABOUT THAT LATER....

HABIB GREETED US BACK IN M'HAMID AND GAVE US A COUPLE OF
SMALL GIFTS INCLUDING A BERBER SCARF EACH. HE ALSO GAVE
ME A LOVELY LITTLE SILVER NECKLASS OF A HAND WITH A BLUE
EYE IN THE MIDDLE.

HABIB SHOWED HUBBY HOW TO PUT ON HIS SCARF. I'LL UPLOAD
THE VIDEO WHEN I WORK OUT HOW.

BLUE IS THE COLOUR OF BERBER NOMADS. OTHER NOMADS HAVE
DIFFERENT COLOURS THAT SIGNIFY THEIR TRIBE.

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HABIB HAD A BIT OF BUSINESS TO DO IN TOWN SO WE HAD A
WANDER AROUND AND FOUND A NICE LITTLE CAFE FOR A SNACK
AND COFFEE AND A BIT OF PEOPLE AND DONKEY WATCHING.

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NOW FOR THE BEST BIT :)

WE WERE HEADED ACROSS MILES OF DESERT SAND AS FAR AS
YOU COULD SEE TOWARDS THE HUGE DUNES OF CHEGAGA AND
OUR DESERT CAMP FOR TONIGHT.

YOU WOULDN'T THINK THAT YOU COULD SEE ANOTHER VEHICLE
OUT HERE IN THIS REMOTE DESTINATION. BUT WE DID.

NOT ONLY THAT, BUT WE SAW A FEW OTHER 4X4s HEADED IN
THE SAME DIRECT. NO ROADS OUT HERE THOUGH... SO HABIB
PUT PEDDLE TO METAL AND OVERTOOK THE LOT HAHA....
SAHARA DESERT PEAK TRAFFIC HOUR ;)

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CHEGAGA BIVOUCA CAMP

ARRIVING AT HABIB'S CAMP SITE AT CHEGAGA DUNES WAS AMAZING!
WE WALKED UP THE HUGE DUNES. HOWARD MADE IT TO THE TOP...
I JUST SAT AND ENJOYED WATCHING THE SUN SET OVER THE SAHARA.

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BY THIS TIME ONE OF HABIB'S STAFF HAD ARRIVED WITH SOME FRENCH
TOURISTS. WE HAD DINNER BY GAS LANTERN AND THEN THEY BROUGHT
OUT THE DRUMS AND WE HAD A PARTY IN THE SAHARA :)

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AND ANOTHER NIGHT JUST US SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS. THE OTHERS
OPTED TO STAY IN THE CABINS. SILLY THEM ;)
HOW AWESOME IS THAT!

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NEXT MORNING WE HAD TO SAY GOODBYE TO THE DESERT AND HEAD
BACK THE QUICK NO ROAD WAY TO MARRAKECH.

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BERBER CAMP IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.

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WE STOPPED QUICKLY AND HABIB HAD A CHAT. MINUTES LATER
HE BOUGHT A ROCK... (METEORITE). BACK IN THE CAR HABIB
EXPLAINED THAT METEORITE CAN FETCH VERY GOOD MONEY.

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ANOTHER INTERESTING SIGHT. AN EMPTY PETROL STATION IN
THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.

THERE WERE A COUPLE OF LOCALS SITTING UNDER THE TREE
WHO WANTED MONEY TO SHOW YOU AROUND. WE JUST
STOPPED, WOUND DOWN THE WINDOWS, TOOK A FEW QUICK
PHOTOS AND MOVED ON.... BEFORE THE LOCALS REALISED IT.
HABIB KNEW ALL THE TRICKS :)

BACK TO THE TIZI N'TICHKA PASS OVER THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS.

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OUR HOLIDAY IN MOROCCO WAS COMING TO AN END....

BUT NOT BEFORE WE SAW THE GREAT NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN...

STAY TUNED FOR MY NEXT BLOG.

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ESSAOUIRA - A CHARMING FISHING VILLAGE IN MOROCCO

6 Week Trip


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OUR TRIP TO THE SAHARA DESERT WITH HABIB, BORN AND BRED
BERBER NOMAD WAS PHONOMINAL! I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MINUTE
TO SHARE MY APPRECIATION FOR ALL THAT HE DID FOR US :)

HABIB IS A BERBER NOMAD WHO GREW UP IN M'HAMID ON THE
EDGE OF THE SAHARA DESERT. HE USES HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THIS
PART OF MOROCCO TO SHARE WITH TOURISTS LIKE US.

OUR TRIP WAS LIKE A GIFT FROM A LOCAL AND NOT JUST PAYING
TO BE SHOWN AROUND. IT WAS SPECIAL.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING MY STORY YOU WILL ALREADY
KNOW THAT HABIB WAS THE MOST AMAZING HOST.
NOT ONLY DID HE KNOW ALL THE SHORT ROUTES, BUT HE ALSO
MADE OUR TRIP EXTRA SPECIAL - LIKE MEETING A BERBER NOMAD FAMILY
AND SHARING MINT TEA IN THEIR CAVE.
LIKE SHARING A MOROCCAN FEAST ON THE FLOOR OF HIS
FAMILY'S LIVING ROOM IN M'HAMID ON THE EDGE OF THE SAHARA.
LIKE TAKING US TO HIS CAMPS IN THE SAHARA AND MAKING A BED
SO THAT WE COULD SLEEP UNDER THE STARS.
AND MUCH MORE......

IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO VISIT MY SAHARA DESERT
TRIP PAGES.... AND YOU ARE THINKING OF DOING SOMETHING
SIMILAR.... THEN PLEASE DO HAVE A LOOK.

SO HABIB.... IF YOU READ THIS.... I WOULD LIKE TO SAY A BIG
THANK YOU TO YOU, HAITE YOUR ADMINISTRATOR, YOUR
EXTENDED FAMILY AND YOUR DEAR WIFE WHO WAS A
PLEASURE TO MEET :) xx

~~oOo~~

TODAY..... WE WERE HEADED OUT TO OUR FIRST VIEW OF THE
NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN.

OUR DESTINATION ESSAOUIRA IS A CHARMING FISHING VILLAGE
RIGHT ON THE COAST.

HABIB, EVER SURPRISING WAS DRESSED TODAY IN WESTERN
JEANS AND TOP. I SUPPOSE THAT HERE HE DOESN'T HAVE TO
ADVERTISE THAT HE IS A BERBER NOMAD.

WE HEADED OUT OF MARRAKECH THROUGH BUSY SUBURBS,
AND NEW SUBURBS.

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ON THE WAY WE STOPPED MOMENTARILY TO TAKE A FEW
PHOTOS OF GOATS IN TREES.

YES THE LOCALS HAVE MANY INGENIOUS IDEAS ON HOW TO
SCROUNGE OUR TOURIST DOLLARS.

I HAD ACTUALLY SEEN THIS BEFORE IN MY RESEARCH SO I
KNEW IT WAS A TOUIST SCAM. THE LOCALS PLACE THEIR
GOATS STRATEGICALLY IN TREES AND THEN CHARGE TOURISTS
LIKE US THAT STOP FOR A UNIQUE PICTURE.

HABIB.... EVER THE SMART.... 'I'M ON TO YOU ..... SCAMMER.'
PULLED UP...... WOUND DOWN THE WINDOWS.....
WE SHOT OFF A FEW QUICK PHOTOS.... AND WE WERE ON OUR
WAY :))

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I GUESS YOU HAVE TO BE SELECTIVE IN TO WHOM YOU GIVE
YOUR TOURIST DOLLARS TO.
HERE.... OVERLOOKING ESSAOUIRA... WE STOPPED BRIEFLY
TO HAVE OUR PHOTO TAKEN WITH A CAMEL. NOT THAT WE
HADN'T BEFORE.... BUT THIS LOOKED LIKE A GOOD CHANCE
TO HAVE A GOOD PHOTO.

AND SURE ENOUGH.... WE MANAGED TO HAVE THIS NICE GUY
TAKE OUR PHOTOS THAT LOOK PRETTY GOOD :)

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AND CHEERS TO YOU TOO MATE.... SORRY, DIDN'T GRAB YOUR
NAME.

ESSAOUIRA

THANKS TO ANGELA (angiebabe on virtualtourist) FOR THE TIP :)
WE REALLY ENJOYED OUR DAY OUT TO ESSAOUIRA... ARRANGED
AT THE LAST MINUTE.

THIS QUAINT LITTLE FISHING VILLAGE IS WELL KNOWN FOR THE
FISH MARKETS IN THE HARBOUR, A WELL PRESERVED FORTRESS
ON THE ROCKS, NICE VILLAGE MARKETS AND PLENTY OF CAFES
AND RESTAURANTS TO ENJOY A LONG ALL AFTERNOON LUNCH.

FISH MARKETS

SELF EXPLANATORY. WE ENJOYED A SLOW STROLL AROUND THE
BUZZ OF ACTIVITY HERE. BIG TRAWLERS WERE COMING AND
GOING LIKE US AUSSIES CALL PITT STREET SYDNEY ;)

FRESH FISH BEING PREPARED FOR SALE AND PLENTY OF
BATERING HAPPENING. PLUS SOUNDS WHICH REMINDED ME OF
A HOUSE AUCTION. ALL HAPPENING AT THE HARBOUR
FISH MARKETS IN ESSAOUIRA :)

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MORE MARKETS

I ENJOYED A WANDER THROUGH THE MARKETS HERE. THERE
WERE NO HARASSING HAGGLERS LIKE IN MARRAKECH. WE WERE
ABLE TO BROUSE WITHOUT ANYONE HASTLING US.

I BOUGHT QUITE A FEW GARMENTS. A COUPLE OF BATIK ALL IN
ONE JUMP SUITS WHICH I STILL WEAR WHEN I WANT TO BE
COMFORTABLE :) ALSO A COUPLE OF WHAT WE CALL 'POO CATCHER
PANTS' LOL. YOU KNOW.... THE ONES WHERE THE CRUTCH IS WAY
DOWN LOW. HEY.... STOP LAUGHING. I LOVE THEM ;)

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OH AND I SAW A COUPLE OF CD'S THAT I RECOGNISED....

TINARIWEN

I BOUGHT A COUPLE OF CD'S AND HUBBY AND I ENJOY LISTENING
TO THEM ON OUR ROAD TRIPS BECAUSE THEY HOLD SPECIAL
MEMORIES OF SPEEDING THROUGH THE SAHARA DESERT TO
AMAZING LOCAL MUSIC :)

IMAGINE....... FANGING THROUGH THE DESERT.... HABIB HAD THE
MUSIC TURNED UP .... AND WAS PLAYING THE TUNE ON HIS STEERING WHEEL...

I WAS IN THE BACK SEAT.... PLAYING THE MUSIC ON MY KNEE LOL ;)

ALL WHILST SPEEDING TOWARDS THE GREAT DUNES OF CHEGAGA!
THIS MUSIC ADDS TO THE VIVID MEMORIES OF OUR WONDERFUL TRIP
TO THE SAHARA :)

CLER ACHEL

MATADJEM YINMIXAN

TIME FOR LUNCH.

RESTAURANT RAMSESS

BEING IN A FISHING VILLAGE, WE WERE ITCHING FOR SOME FRESH
SEAFOOD. AHHHH..... RESTAURANT RAMSESS.

FOOD WAS GOOD AND TASTY..... HOWEVER I AM AFRAID THAT FRESH
PRAWNS ARE FAR BETTER.

WE REALLY ARE SPOILT IN AUSTRALIA FOR OUR FRESH SEAFOOD.

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THE SCALA KASBAH

BUILT IN 1765 BY A FRENCH ARCHITECT AS PROTECTION FROM THE SEA.
THE FORTRESS WALLS HAVE CANONS WHICH ARE A MIXTURE OF
PORTUGESE, SPANISH AND DUTCH.

I THOUGHT THAT THIS KASBAH WAS VERY WELL PRESERVED.
I PARTICULARLY LIKED THE STONE WORK. IT MADE FOR SOME NICE PHOTOS.

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WE WATCHED SOME TEENAGE BOYS FISHING OFF THE ROCKS FOR A WHILE.
I THINK THE CONDITIONS WERE A BIT TOO WINDY TO CATCH ANYTHING.
EVEN THE SEAGULLS LOOKED A BIT PUT OUT BY ALL THAT WIND.

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HUBBY SPENT A BIT OF TIME TRYING TO GET THAT GREAT OCEAN
WAVE ACTION :)

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AND LOOKING BACK AND UP I SPOTTED WHAT LOOKED LIKE A
GREAT PLACE TO STAY. IMAGINE THE VIEW THEY WOULD HAVE!!!

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WE HAD A BIT OF TIME BEFORE HABIB PICKED US UP.
WE VENTURED ACROSS THE ROAD TO A CAFE WITH BEACH
VIEWS AND HAD A COUPLE OF BEERS WHILST WATCHING THE
LOCALS PLAY FOOTY ON THE BEACH, AND SOME BOATING.

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ON THE WAY BACK TO MARRAKECH WE STOPPED BRIEFLY TO
TAKE SOME PICTURES OF AN AMAZING SUNSET!!
BEFORE REACHING MARRAKECH AFTER DARK.

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WE HAD BOOKED THE IBIS HOTEL WHICH IS RIGHT NEXT DOOR
TO THE TRAIN STATION AS WE WERE PLANNING TO HEAD BY TRAIN
TO OUR LAST DESTINATION IN MOROCCO.

HABIB OFFERED INSTEAD TO TAKE US. WOW! COOL!
EXCEPT ON THE WAY BACK A LAST MINUTE FAMILY SITUATION
CAME UP AND HABIB COULD NOT TAKE US.
SO HE ARRANGED TO HAND OVER TO ONE OF HIS STAFF TO
DRIVE US.

SO WE UNFORTUNATELY HAD TO SAY OUR GOODBYES :(
BUT I SAY IT IS NEVER GOODBYE. THERE IS ALWAYS NEXT TIME :)

THE IBIS WAS CLEAN AND COMFORTABLE.
IF YOU PLAN A TRAIN TRIP HERE AND WANT TO BE NEAR
THE TRAIN STATION, THEN I WOULD RECOMMEND THE IBIS.
IF YOU ARE A TRAIN BUFF.... THEN ALL THE BETTER :)

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SPECIAL MEMORY...
COLLAGE OF HABIB.

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NEXT STOP AND LAST IN MOROCCO - CASABLANCA.
JUST ONE DAY OF RELAXATION BEFORE FLYING TO SPAIN FOR
THE LAST 2 WEEKS OF OUR BIG 6 WEEK TRIP.

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CASABLANCA - A MODERN MOROCCAN CITY

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FAVOURITE PHOTO

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LAST DAY IN MOROCCO :(

WE HAD ENJOYED THE EXOTIC SIGHTS, SMELLS, SOUNDS AND
TASTES OF MARRAKECH.

WE HAD A THOROUGHLY AMAZING ADVENTURE TO THE SAHARA
DESERT WHERE WE SLEPT OUT UNDER THE STARS AND RODE
CAMELS OUT OF THE DESERT.

WE HAD A FUN DAY TRIP TO A QUAINT FISHING VILLAGE ON THE
ATLANTIC COAST.

AND NOW TO CHILL FOR A DAY BEFORE TRAVELLING ON TO SPAIN.

NO SIGHT SEEING FOR US TODAY. WE WERE GOING TO ENJOY THE
LUXURY OF OUR HOTEL, DIP OUR TOES IN THE ATLANTIC AND GO
FOR A SHORT STROLL ALONG THE COASTAL PROMINADE AND FIND
A PLACE FOR A NICE LUNCH.

HOTEL CLUB VAL D'ANFA

I WOULND'T LOOK ANY FURTHER. HOTEL CLUB VAL D'ANFA HAD
EVERYTHING WE WERE LOOKING FOR... COMFORTABLE BED, GOOD
BREAKFAST, FRIENDLY STAFF, NICE POOL AND A VIEW OVER THE
OCEAN FROM OUR LITTLE ROOM VERANDAH.

PS..... THE BED WAS VERY COMFORTABLE!! :)

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NO RUSHING TODAY. JUST A STROLL ALONG THE BEACHSIDE
PROMINADE AND ENJOYING A BIT OF PEOPLE WATCHING.

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WE HAD A BIT OF A CHUCKLE AT THE LOCALS PARKING ABILITY...

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FOOD AT A QUAINT SIDE STREET RESTAURANT WAS NICE :)

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AND A DIP OF THE FEET IN THE OCEAN. WHICH WAS QUITE MUDDY HAHA.

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VIEW LOOKING BACK TO OUR HOTEL FROM THE BEACH.
AND AN INTERESTING LOOKING LITTLE BEACH HUT OF SOME SORT.

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LASTLY... A SHOT OF MY VT THONGS OVERLOOKING THE ATLANTIC OCEAN :)

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GOODBYE MOROCCO!

AND ON TO OUR NEXT DESTINATION IN SPAIN WHERE WE HAD
ANOTHER FIRST.....
THIS BIG TRIP WAS FULL OF FIRST EXPERIENCES FOR US.

STAY TUNED FOR ANOTHER AUSSIROSE ADVENTURE IN SPAIN...
INCLUDING..... DRIVING THROUGH THE SPANISH HILLS IN A CONVERTIBLE !!! :)

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TORREMOLINOS, LA ALHAMBRA GARDENS. MIJAS, RONDA SPAIN

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FAVOURITE PHOTO

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SPAIN WAS HUBBY'S CHOICE.

THIS WAS OUR LAST COUNTRY IN AN AMAZING 6 WEEK
ADVENTURE THROUGH EUROPE STARTING IN ZURICH AND
DRIVING THROUGH GERMANY AND BELGIUM TO AMSTERDAM.

THEN FAST TRAIN TO PARIS WHERE WE HAD AN AMAZING
TIME INCLUDING A BIG VIRTUALTOURIST MEET.

THEN TO MOROCCO WHERE WE EXPERIENCED A TASTE OF
THE EXOTIC... INCLUDING A 5 DAY SAHARA DESERT TRIP TO
DIE FOR!

IF YOU ARE THINKING OF VISITING ANY OF THE ABOVE
PLACES THEN PLEASE CHECK OUT MY BLOGS. MAYBE I CAN
BE OF ASSISTANCE IN HELPIING YOU PLAN YOUR TRIP :)

WE FLEW FROM CASABLANCA TO MALAGA AND PICKED UP
OUR HIRE CAR TO DRIVE TO TORREMOLINOS.

TORREMOLINOS

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OUR VIEW FROM HOTEL APARTAMENTOS BAJONDILLO.
SUGGESTED BY VT VETERANS HANSI AND LORI WHO STAY
HERE REGULARLY EACH FEBRUARY TO GET AWAY FROM THE
COLD IN CANADA :)

TORREMOLINOS WAS A GREAT PLACE TO BASE OURSELVES.

THE 2 THINGS THAT WE CHOSE TO DO WERE LA ALHAMBRA PALACE
AND GARDENS AND RONDA IN THE ANDALUCIA MOUNTAINS.

LA ALHAMBRA

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I HAD HEARD THAT THE PARKING HERE WAS DIFFICULT, SO
I BOOKED OUR DAY TRIP THROUGH VIATOR INCLUDING
PICKUP FROM A HOTEL IN GRANADA.

WE DROVE TO THE HOTEL IN GRANADA AND PARKED OUTSIDE.
WE WERE PICKED UP FROM THERE. THIS WORKED WELL.

HUBBY STUDIED THE GARDENS OF LA ALHAMBRA AS PART OF
HIS LANDSCAPE DESIGN COURSE IN HORTICULTURE.
HOWIE WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS DAY :)

I MUST ADMIT, THE BEAUTIFUL GARDENS, WATER PONDS AND
FEATURES WERE A DELIGHT TO SEE. THERE'S SOMETHING SPECIAL
ABOUT GARDENS AND THE SIGHT AND SOUNDS OF RUNNING
WATER :)

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WE WERE DAZZLED BY THE INTRICATE TILE WORK INSIDE.
THERE WAS OBVIOUSLY A DISTINCT MOROCCAN INFLUENCE.
WE HAD SEEN SIMILAR TILES IN KASBAHS IN MOROCCO.

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AND THE SCENERY THROUGH A WINDOW ARCH.

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WE EXPERIENCED ANOTHER FIRST HERE IN SOUTHERN SPAIN.
THERE WERE MANY FIRSTS ON THIS BIG HOLIDAY LIKE HUGH
CHIMING CLOCKS, QUAINT COBBLEDSTONE STREETS, CRUISING
CANALS, MANY CASTLES, A GRAND PALACE, RIDING HORSE AND
CARRIAGE, OLD HISTORICAL KASBAHS, SLEEPING UNDER THE
STARS IN THE SAHARA.

TODAY WE WERE ABOUT TO RIDE A CONVERTIBLE CAR THROUGH
THE ADNALUCIAN MOUNTAINS. YES, OUR HIRE CAR WAS A
BLACK CONVERTIBLE :)

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MIJAS

THE MOUNTAIN SCENERY WAS STUNNING. WE PASSED A BIG
TORO BULL STATUE ON THE HILL.

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MIJAS AND IT'S GLORIOUS WHITEWASHED HOUSES WAS LOVELY.
UNFORTUNATELY, AS WE DROVE SLOWLY THROUGH TOWN, WE
COULD NOT FIND A PARKING SPOT, SO WE KEPT HEADING
TOWARDS RONDA.

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FUNNY AUSSIROSE STORY.

WE ARRIVED IN RONDA AND THE PLACE WAS FLOODED WITH
LIKEMINDED TOURISTS. WHERE TO PARK?...

AS THERE WERE NO PARKING SPOTS IN TOWN, WE DROVE
OUT A BIT AND FINALLY FOUND ONE. WE STEPPED OUT,
LOCKED UP AND HOLLERED FOR A TAXI.

WELL ALL WENT WELL. A TAXI TURNED UP IN ABOUT 10
SECONDS...... GREAT! :)

WE JUMPED IN AND A BIT OF SIGN LANGUAGE LATER,
FINALLY GOT THE TAXI DRIVER TO TAKE US INTO THE TOWN
CENTRE.

BUT THEN...... OMG!!.... WE DIDN'T HAVE A CLUE WHERE WE
HAD LEFT OUR CAR!.... AND NO WAY OF FINDING IT!!
WHAT TO DO?!!..... nervous lol.

WELL THANKFULLY WITH THE HELP OF THE TAXI DRIVER'S
PHONE AND GOOGLE, WE WERE ABLE TO TRANSLATE TO THE
LOVELY DRIVER TO MEET US AGAIN AT 3.30PM TO TAKE US
BACK TO OUR CAR. PHEW!!! :)

RONDA

WHY RONDA?... WE HAD NEVER HEARD OF THIS PLACE BEFORE
READING ALL ABOUT IT ON LORIPORI's PAGE ON VIRTUALTOURIST.

THIS IS WHAT RONDA IS FAMOUS FOR....

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STUNNING HEY!! :)

PUENTE NUEVO (TRANSLATED NEW BRIDGE), SPANNING OVER A 120M CHASM
THAT SEPARATES 2 PARTS OF THE TOWN, TOOK 34 YEARS TO BUILD.

IT IS NOT THE ORIGINAL BRIDGE. THAT ONE WAS NOT BUILT SOLIDLY
ENOUGH AND COLLAPSED KILLING 50 PEOPLE.

OUR FIRST LOOK AT A BULL FIGHTING RING.

I AM NOT IMPRESSED WITH WHAT I HAVE LEARN'T ABOUT THIS SPORT.
IT'S ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE WHAT THEY DO TO THE POOR BULLS.
I AM GLAD THAT IS HAS BEEN RULED OUT NOW IN MOST PLACES IN SPAIN.

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THE CENTRE OF TOWN NEAR THE BRIDGE WAS A HIVE OF ACTIVITY.
WE TOOK A SHORT STOLL ACROSS THE BRIDGE AND DID A BIT OF
GIFT SHOPPING INCLUDING A NICE LEATHER BELT FOR HUBBY.
THEN FOUND A QUAINT CAFE JUST ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE
BRIDGE AND SAT OUTSIDE UNDER THE SHADE SALE AND HAD A
NICE LIGHT LUNCH WASHED DOWNS WITH A COUPLE OF SAN MIGUELS.

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LUCKY FOR US.... OUR FRIENDLY TAXI DRIVER ARRIVED ON TIME
AT 3.30 :)

A STROLL AROUND TORREMOLINOS

THE BEACH HERE REMINDED US OF OUR GOLD COAST BEACH
IN AUSTRALIA.

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SPAIN IS RENOUN FOR FRESH SEAFOOD SO OF COURSE WE HAD TO
GIVE IT A TRY. WE CHOSE A RESTAURANT RIGHT ON THE BEACH -
PESCAITOS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE SEAFOOD WAS A BIT TASTELESS.
WE ARE TOO SPOILT FOR FRESH SEAFOOD IN AUSTRALIA :)

BUT WHERE THE FOOD LACKED, THE STAFF AND SERVICE CERTAINLY
MADE UP FOR THAT. THE OWNER WAS HAPPY FOR A PHOTO.

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A LOVEL FLOWERING BOAB TREE. I RECOGNISED THIS BECAUSE
WE HAVE THEM IN AUSTRALIA.

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I ENJOYED OUR TAPPAS DINNER HERE AT EL DORADO.

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AND OF COURSE EVERYWHERE WE GO, HUBBY AND I ENJOY
TASTING THE LOCAL BEER :)

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NEXT STOP - VALENCIA. BY FAR MY FAVOURITE PLACE IN SPAIN :)

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VALENCIA

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FAVOURITE PHOTO

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VALENCIA WAS MY FAVOURITE CITY IN SPAIN. WE STAYED
ON THE CORSO AT THE BEACH AT HOTEL APARTAMENTOS
BANJONDILLO. IT WAS AN EASY BUS RIDE INTO THE CITY.

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IT WAS THE ARCHITECTURE IN VALENCIA THAT BLEW ME AWAY.
THERE WERE SOME UNIQUE BUILDINGS HERE WITH GORGEOUS
ORNATE DESIGNS.
A GOOD WAY TO SEE ALL OF THIS IS TO TAKE THE HOP ON, HOP OFF BUS.

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CITY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

THIS WAS A REAL HIGHLIGHT. THERE ARE PLENTY OF UNIQUE
BUILDINGS HERE IN THE CITY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES.

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AND AT NIGHT, IT BECOMES A PHOTOGRAPHER'S DREAM :)

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LAKE ALBUFERA

IF YOU GET A CHANCE TO GO TO LAKE ALBUFERA, THEN I WOULD
STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU DO.

WE WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO MEET UP WITH VIRTUALTOURIST FRIEND
MAHESH WHO KINDLY OFFERED TO DRIVE US THERE :)

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THERE WAS A WEDDING HAPPENING AT THE TIME. WHAT A LOVELY
BACKDROP FOR WEDDING PHOTOS :)

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MAHESH TOOK US TO HIS LOCAL TAPAS RESTAURANT FOR DINNER.
BEST MEAL WE HAD IN SPAIN!! :) AND THE SPANISH RED WINE THAT
MAHESH CHOSE WAS VERY GOOD TOO.

WE WERE EVEN TREATED LIKE CELEBS.... HAVING OUR PIC TAKEN WITH
THE STAFF.

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VALENCIA HAD A WARM HOMELY ATMOSPHERE. THE PEOPLE WERE
VERY FRIENDLY AND GREETED OR SMILED AT YOU IN THE STREET.
SOMETHING MOST CITIES SADLY LACK THESE DAYS.

IT EVEN FELT SAFE WANDERING AROUND AT NIGHT.

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OCEANOGRAPHIC

I'M NOT A REAL ANIMAL PERSON. I PREFER PLANTS AND FLOWERS.
WE SAW ANOTHER UNUSUAL BUILDING AND WANDERED OVER FOR
A LOOK.

WELL IT WAS AN UNDERWATER WORLD. HUBBY COULDN'T RESIST....
SO I TAGGED ALONG :)

WE HAD A LOVELY AFTERNOON WANDERING AROUND IN HERE AND
THE DOLPHIN SHOW WAS PRETTY GOOD TOO.

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WE TRIED OUT A COUPLE OF RESTAURANTS ALONG THE BEACH CORSO.

EL COSO WAS FINE DINING AND ATTACHED TO OUR HOTEL. THE FOOD
HERE WAS TASTEFULLY PLATED AND TASTED REAL GOOD.

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SAL MARINA HAD AN OPEN AIR ATMOSPHERE AND LOOKED
OUT ONTO THE CORSO AND BEACH. WE AGAIN TRIED THE
SEAFOOD. MY SEAFOOD CHOWDER WAS TASTY.

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AND OF COURSE A LOCAL CRUZCAMPO OR THREE TO WASH IT DOWN :)

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NEXT AND LAST STOP ON OUR BIG 6 WEEK TRIP - BARCELONA.

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BARCELONA

6 Week Trip


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BARCELONA, OUR LAST CITY OF AN AMAZING 6 WEEK TRIP -
OUR FIRST BIG OVERSEAS TRIP. 10 YEARS IN THE MAKING, SAVING,
PLANNING, LOTS OF GOOGLING, MAPPING, MORE GOOGLING FOR
OFF THE BEATEN PATH PLACES. EVERYTHING WORKED OUT WELL.

I HOPE YOU HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING ALONG BECAUSE I WANTED
TO SHARE WITH YOU SOME AWSOME ADVENTURES, FUNNY STORIES,
TONS OF FIRSTS FOR US, DIFFERENT LANDSCAPE, MOUNTAINS,
CANELS, ARCHITECTURE, CULTURE, FOOD. ....BEERS HAHA :)

AND GREAT MEMORIES OF MEET UPS ARRANGED THROUGH
VIRTUALTOURIST.COM WHICH IS SADLY NO LONGER HERE.
HOWEVER, I AM PRESERVING MANY VT MEMORIES HERE, MY NEW
HOME TRAVELLERSPOINT.

BARCELONA

IF IT WASN'T SUCH A BIG CITY WITH IT'S CROWDS, SCAMMERS,
PICKPOCKETS ETC... I WOULD HAVE REALLY ENJOYED THIS PLACE.
UNFORTUNATELY, EVER BEING VIGILENT AND GUARDED..... TOOK
SOME OF THE FUN OUT OF IT FOR ME.

DON'T GET ME WRONG. I DIDN'T DISLIKE BARCELONA AT ALL.
ON THE CONTRARY, I JUST LOVED THE GAUDI ARCHITECTURE
EVERYWHERE AND OTHER INTRICATE DESIGNED BUILDINGS.
BARCELONA IS A TOP DESTINATION IF YOU LOVE ARCHITECTURE.

NOT ONLY THAT, BUT THE HOP ON HOP OFF BUS ROUTES WERE
WELL THOUGHT OUT. YOU SIMPLY CANNOT VISIT BARCELONA
FOR THE FIRST TIME AND NOT DO THE TOURIST BUS. IT'S A
GREAT WAY TO GET YOU TO THE VARIOUS MAJOR SIGHTS.
HEY.... BARCELONA IS A BIG CITY!
JUST MAKE SURE YOU GET THERE EARLY TO AVOID THE LONG
LINES.

OK.... SO WE CAME FROM VALENCIA ON THE TRAIN TO BARCELONA.
THAT TRIP IN ITSELF IS WELL WORTH IT! THE TRAIN TRAVELLED FOR
A LOT OF THE WAY VERY CLOSE TO THE SHORE LINE SO WE GOT TO
SEE SOME LOVELY BEACHES ALONG THE WAY.

ARRIVING IN BARCA.... THE FIRST THING WE NOTICED WAS THE
BLACK AND YELLOW TAXI CABS :) WE JOINED THE LINE AND THERE
WAS AN OLD LONDON STYLE ONE COMING UP. I COUNTED THE
PEOPLE IN FRONT OF US..... HOPING TO GET THAT CAB!!
AND YES!! AWESOME!! WE DID!! LOL :)

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LIKE PARIS, BARCELONA HAS EXPENSIVE ACCOMMODATION. I CHOSE A
QUAINT HOTEL RIGHT IN THE CENTRE OF TOWN, A MINUTE WALK FROM THE
CENTRE SQUARE - PLACA DE CATALUNYA. THAT WAS WHERE WE ALSO
BOOKED OUR HOP ON HOP OFF BUS.

HOTEL LLEO

I WOULD MOST CERTAINLY STAY HERE AGAIN. IT WAS VERY GOOD FOR
THE PRICE AND VERY CLEAN. FRIENDLY STAFF TOO. I COULDN'T HAVE
ASKED FOR MORE.

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PLACA DE CATALUNYA

BEING CLOSE TO PLACA DE CATALUNYA, THE CENTRE SQUARE OF
BARCELONA AND WHERE THE FAMOUS LAS RAMBLAS STARTS,
WORKED OUT GREAT. WE COULD EXPLORE BEFORE THE CROWDS
INVADED.

I HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MANY PIGEONS!! I SUPPOSE THAT IS WHAT
TRAFALGAR SQUARE LOOKS LIKE LOL.
WE HAD FUN LAUGHING AT PEOPLE LAYING DOWN AND BEING
SWARMED BY PIGEONS! GEE!... LUCKILY THE ONLY DANGEROUS
THING ABOUT PIDGEONS IS SLOPPY BIRD POOP! HAHA :)
JUST KEEP YOUR EYES AND MOUTH SHUT LOL.

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LES RAMBLAS

FAMOUS TOURIST STREET FULL OF QUAINT GIFT SHOPS, TAPPAS
BARS AND BUSKERS. UNFORTUATELY IT ALSO HAS PICKPOCKETS.
WE DIDN'T STAY AROUND TOO LONG.

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GAUDI

ARCHITECTURE DESIGNED BY GAUDI IS WHAT BARCELONA IS
FAMOUS FOR.

WHEN GAUDI GRADUATED IN 1878 FROM BARCELONA'S SCHOOL OF
ARCHITECTURE, THE DIRECTOR ANNOUNCED: "GENTLEMEN, WE ARE
HERE TODAY IN THE PRESENCE OF EITHER A GENIUS OR A MADMAN."

GAUDI IS MOST CERTAINLY A GENIUS! HIS ARCHITECTURE IS SIMPLY
STUNNING!! HE WAS A NATURE LOVER AND A LOT OF HIS DESIGNS HAVE
OBVIOUSLY BEEN CONSTRUCTED WITH THAT IN MIND.

WHEN LOOKING AT HIS BUILDINGS THEY REMINDED ME OF LAVA CAVES.
IT IS NOT A SURPRISE TO LEARN THAT OTHER ARTISTS LIKE PICASSO AND
ORWELL THOUGHT THAT GAUDI'S DESIGNS WRE CR@P.
I THINK THEY WERE JUST JEALOUS OF HIS AMAZING TALENT.

GAUDI NEVER DESIGNED ON PAPER BUT CONSTRUCTED 3D MODELS TO
BUILD BY. SO IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT THE COUNCIL DID NOT APPROVE
OF MOST OF HIS WORKS AS HE WAS KNOWN FOR FLOUTING THE
BUILDING REGULATIONS WITH HIS EVOLVING ADDITIONS :)
HE JUST IGNORED THAT AND CONTINUED. I LIKE THE MAN'S STYLE :)

CASA BATLLO

OFTEN CALLED THE HOUSE OF BONES, CASA BATLLO WAS DESIGNED
BY GAUDI FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS BATLLO FAMILY.

THE DESIGN IS EQUATED TO A GIANT DRAGON WITH THE BASE
GRIDDED BY HUGE ABSTRACT BONES CROSSED BY WHAT LOOKS LIKE
PATTERNS THAT LOOK LIKE BLOOD VESSELS AND MUSCLE. THE ROOF
LOOKS LIKE THE SCALY COVER OF A BACK OF A GIANT DRAGON.
INGENIOUS NONETHELESS!! CASA BATLLO WAS MY FAVOURITE :)

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CASA MILA

A RICH BUSINESSMAN LIKED THE CASA BATLLO SO MUCH THAT HE
HIRED GAUDI TO CONSTRUCT A BUILDING ON THE VACANT BLOCK
ACROSS THE STREET. THIS BUILDING TURNED OUT TO BE LESS
CONVENTIONAL THAN THE CASA BATLLO. EVERY ROOM IS IRREGULAR.
THE WALLS AND CEILINGS DIFFER FROM ONE ANOTHER. IN FACT THE
WHOLE BUILDING IN CONSTRUCTED ON PILLARS AND ARCHES TOGETHER
WITH THE USE OF STEEL.

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PARC GUELL

I LOVED OUR VISIT HERE. THIS IS UNDOUBTEDLY AN AMAZING WORK OF
ART FROM THE BUILDINGS, TO THE INTRICATE TILE WORK, SO THE
ASTETICALLY PLEASING GARDENS - ALL WITH THE SPECIAL GAUDI
DESIGNOR TOUCH.

GAUDI WAS EMPLOYED BY GUELL, A WEALTHY BUSINESSMAN TO DESIGN
THIS PARK AS PART OF A NEW GARDEN SUBURB ON THE HILL DESCRIBED
AS 'THE TREELESS MOUNTAIN'.

AND WHAT A STUNNING CREATION THE PARK HAS UNUSUAL HOUSES,
ONE IN WHICH GAUDI LIVED, TASTEFULLY DESIGNED PILLARS THAT
BLEND INTO THE NATURAL SURROUNDINGS, LOVELY MOSAIC TILE WORK
AND AN AMAZING DRAGON MADE ENTIRELY OUT OF TILES.

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I COULDN'T RESIST A VT FLAG PIC WITH AN ACCOMMODATING
BUSKER OUTSIDE :)

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HOP ON HOP OFF BUS

AS SAID PREVIOUSLY, THERE'S NO BETTER WAY TO GET AROUND
BARCELONA BUT ON THE HOP ON HOP OFF TOURIST BUS. WE
ARRIVED AT THE PLACA DE CATALUNYA EARLY WHEN THE LINE
WAS NOT TOO LONG.

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TIP, TRY TO GET A GOOD SPOT ON THE TOP DECK. ONCE YOU HAVE
ACHIEVED THAT..... STAY THERE. YOU CAN PLAN WHERE TO
GET OFF THE NEXT TIME AROUND.

WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME LOOKING UP! HAHA :) THERE ARE SO MANY
LOVELY BUILDINGS IN BARCA BESIDES THE GAUDI ONES.

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BEAUTIFUL PORT AUTHORITY BUILDING

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CRISTOPHER COLUMBUS STATUE

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SAGRADA FAMMILIA

I AM NOT A REAL CHURCHY PERSON BUT I MUST SAY THIS
ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH DESIGNED BY GAUDI WAS QUITE
IMPRESSIVE.

LOOKING DOWN AT THE BUS SHELTER IT SEEMS THAT THIS IS THE
PLACE WHERE A LOT OF PEOPLE DISPOSE OF THEIR HEAD PHONES.
DIRTY LITTER BUGS!

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TELEFERIC DE MONTJUIC

THIS IS WORTH GETTING OFF THE HOP ON HOP OFF BUS HERE.
THE VIEW OVER BARCELONA IS AWESOME!

THERE IS A HUGE CASTLE HERE AND A CABLE CAR THAT TAKES YOU
ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE PORT.

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Barcelona Port

Barcelona Port

BACK IN THE CITY CENTRE, WE HAD A CHUCKLE AT THE
TAXIS TRYING TO COMPETE WITH THE TOURIST BUS :)

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BEER O'CLOCK.... AND A GOOD RESTAURANT TIP.

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CAFE CATALUNYA

MY FAVOURITE. NICE AND QUIET, CLEAN SURROUNDINGS,
ATTENTATIVE STAFF .... BUT NOT IN YOUR FACE.

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SADLY OUR BIG 6 WEEK EUROPE AND MOROCCO HOLIDAY WAS AT AN END.

WE FLEW HOME VIA MILAN AND SINGAPORE.

MILAN..... LAKES OF NORTH ITALY.... AND VENICE....

NOW THERE'S A PLACE TO COME BACK TO NEXT TIME.... :)

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Posted by aussirose 17:16 Archived in Spain Tagged architecture barcelona hotel spain gaudi las ramblas de europe catalunya cafe mila parc guell casa batlló placa 2011 aussirose lleo Comments (0)

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