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2011 Europe & Morocco

BIG 6 WEEK TRIP - ZURICH, GERMANY, BELGIUM, AMSTERDAM, PARIS, MOROCCO, SPAIN


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  • *Disclaimer. There are photos here that are from my previous travel site virtualtourist. VT has shut down. Please ignore that VT flag, thongs, VA's and other paraphernalia that may appear here.**

MY PHOTOS HERE ARE BEFORE ENTERING THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DSLR.
I PURCHASED MY TRUSTY CANON 60D AFTER HUBBY MADE ME JEALOUS WITH
HIS FANTASTIC PHOTOS ON THIS TRIP WITH HIS FIRST DLSR CAMERA :)

FAVOURITE PHOTO -

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HIGHLIGHTS PHOTO COLLAGE -

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THIS WAS OUR FIRST BIG OVERSEAS TRIP. 6 WEEKS THROUGH 7 COUNTRIES -
SWITZERLAND, GERMANY, BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS, FRANCE, MOROCCO & SPAIN.

I FOUND VIRTUALTOURIST.COM WHILST GOOGLING FOR OUR BIG TRIP.
SADLY VT IS NO MORE. I SPENT 16 YEARS ON THAT SITE AND IT WAS A SAD DAY
WHEN TRIPADVISOR BOUGHT OUT VT AND THEN AXED THE COMPETITION.
SO I HAVE NOW JOINED TRAVELLERSPOINT AND THIS IS NOW MY NEW HOME.

THE FURTHEST WE HAD BEEN BEFORE THIS TRIP WAS TAHITI FOR OUR 10 YEAR
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY IN 1989.
SO NOW, OVER 10 YEARS LATER, WE WERE ABOUT TO EMBARK ON OUR FIRST BIG
OVERSEAS TRIP.

EACH COUNTRY THAT WE VISITED HAD IT'S OWN UNIQUE FLAVOUR AND EXCITING
STUFF TO SEE AND DO. FOR INSTANCE US AUSSIES LOVE TO SEE BIG CHIMING
CLOCKS, CASTLES, PALACES, COBBLED STONE STREETS, CANALS AND WINDMILLS.
ALL OF THIS IS DIFFERENT TO US AS WELL AS DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE
ROAD, RIDING IN HORSE & CARRIAGE, RIDING CAMELS IN THE DESERT, SLEEPING
UNDER THE STARS IN THE DESERT ETC ETC...

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YES, THIS TRIP HAS MANY, MANY WONDERFUL MEMORIES AND RELIVING THEM
HERE.... ESPECIALLY IF YOU READ ALONG AND GIVE A LITTLE COMMENT HERE &
THERE MAKES IT ALL SO MORE SPECIAL :)

IF YOU HAVE READ MY OTHER BLOGS HERE YOU WILL ALREADY KNOW THAT
HUBBY AND I LOVE TO VISIT 'OFF THE BEATEN PATH' PLACES.
SOME OF THESE WE VISITED ALONG THE WAY WERE BAD WIMPFEN, ETTLIGEN,
MELPELBRUNN, BRAUBACH, TONGEREN, LIER, ESSAOUIRA, TORREMOLINOS,
RONDA AND VALENCIA.

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WE HIRED A CAR AND DROVE FROM ZURICH, THROUGH GERMANY, BELGIUM
AND INTO AMSTERDAM. OUR GOOD FRIEND FROM VIRTUALTOURIST BIRGIT
(bijo69) FLEW INTO ZURICH AND JOINED US FOR THE TRIP.
THE BEGINNING OF THE JOURNEY SAW US DRIVING OUT OF THE AIRPORT AT
ZURICH..... TOM TOM GPS THAT HUBBY AND I HAD PURCHASED BACK HOME
WAS UNFORTUNATELY STILL PACKED IN A SUITCASE IN THE BACK OF THE
HIRE CAR..... 1ST BIG MISTAKE.....

HUBBY AND I WERE LAUGHING AT THE SIGNS - AUSFAHRT :)
AND SUDDENLY..... DIDN'T KNOW WHERE WE WERE GOING........
MORE ABOUT THAT STORY LATER ;)

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Birgit and aussirose

Birgit and aussirose

BRUGES WAS ONE OF THE MANY HIGHLIGHTS FOR ME. I HAD NEVER HEARD
OF BRUGES BEFORE SEEING THIS PLACE ON VT. I WAS CAPTIVATED WITH THE
PURE ROMANCE OF THE PLACE AND CONSEQUENTLY IT WAS HIGH ON MY
LIST OF PLACES TO SEE.

THE BELGIUM BEERS WERE ALSO FANTASTIC ;)
HUBBY AND I LOVE TO TASTE LOCAL BEERS WHEREVER WE GO.
YOU NEED TO READ MY FUNNY STORY OF THE BEER TASTINGS IN BRUGES :)

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NOT ONLY WAS BRUGES EVERYTHING THAT I HAD IMAGINED, BUT I ALSO
DISCOVERED MORE FANTASTIC TOWNS IN BELGIUM LIKE TONGEREN, LIER
AND GENT.

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THE MOST AMAZING THING ABOUT TRAVEL SITES BESIDES DISCOVERING
'OFF THE BEATEN PATH' PLACES IS MAKING FRIENDS ALL AROUND THE WORLD.
THE BEST MEMORIES FOR HUBBY AND I WERE OF SPENDING TIME WITH OUR
FRIENDS THAT WE HAVE FORMED SO MANY FRIENDSHIPS WITH :)

ONE OF THOSE HIGHLIGHTS FOR ME WAS MEETING PJ & HIS LOVELY WIFE
SWANET IN AMSTERDAM. THEY ARRANGED THE BEST DAY OUT FOR US AND
I HAVE A TRIBUTE TO THAT LATER ON MY AMSTERDAM BLOG.

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ANOTHER AWESOME MEMORY WAS STAYING IN A HOUSEBOAT :)
THAT WAS TOTALLY AMAZING! COST A LOT, BUT IT WAS SO WORTH WHILE!!

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I HAVE BEEN IN LOVE WITH PARIS AND THE EIFFEL TOWER SINCE VERY YOUNG.
WHEN THE BIG PARIS MEET WENT UP ON VT, I COULDN'T TYPE FROM EXCITEMENT! :)
SO OUR WHOLE TRIP WAS PLANNED AROUND THE PARIS MEET.

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THE BIG PARIS MEET WAS AWESOME.... THE EIFFEL TOWER WAS EVEN MORE AWESOME....
BUT THE MOST AWESOMEST THING (new word invented by aussirose) WAS WHEN
HUBBY SURPRISED ME WITH AN ETERNITY RING AT THE VT DINNER IN A QUAINT
RESTAURANT NEAR THE EIFFEL TOWER!! :)
HOWIE!!.... I LOVE YOU!! XX
AND THEN WE WENT TO VIEW THE LIGHT SHOW AFTER. THIS WAS PURE HEAVEN!!!
AN EVENING OF MY LIFETIME THAT I WILL TREASURE FOREVER!! :)
IF YOU ARE READING THIS STEVE (stevemt) THANK YOU MY DEAR FRIEND!

PARIS TO ME IS THE CITY OF LOVE!!! XX

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BOTH HUBBY & I LOVE EXOTIC PLACES. SO IT WAS NO SURPRISE THAT WE BOTH PICKED
MOROCCO. WE FLEW FROM PARIS TO MARRAKESH FOR THE START OF OUR FIRST
AFRICAN ADVENTURE.

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OMG! IT WAS FANTASTIC!! MARRAKESH WAS AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE...
BUT OUR TRIP WITH HABIB WHO IS A FULL BERBER NOMAD AND OWNER OF
SAHARA-DESERT-DREAM.COM WAS INDESCRIBABLE!! THERE ARE TOO MANY MEMORIES
TO LIST HERE INCLUDING SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS IN THE SAHARA DESERT,
MEETING AND HAVING TEA WITH A NOMAD FAMILY IN THEIR CAVE, ENJOYING
AUTHENTIC LUNCH WITH HABIB'S FAMILY IN HIS HOME TOWN OF M'HAMID AND
GUNNING THE 4X4 THROUGH THE DESERT.... OVERTAKING OTHER 4 WHEEL DRIVES
AND RIDING CAMELS OUT OF THE DESERT.

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THE LAST COUNTRY THAT WE VISITED WAS SPAIN. THIS WAS HUBBY'S CHOICE.
I HAD HEARD THAT THE SOUTH OF SPAIN WAS NICE AND OF COURSE THE FIRST
PLACE THAT I THOUGHT ABOUT VISITING WAS BARCELONA AND SEEING THE
AMAZING GAUDI ARCHITECTURE - THAT WAS ANOTHER BIG HIGHLIGHT!

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HUBBY'S HIGHLIGHT WAS VISITING ALHAMBRA. HE STUDIED GARDENS AS
PART OF HIS HORTICULTURE DIPLOMA.

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BUT THE PLACE THAT CAPTURED MY HEART IN SPAIN WAS VALENCIA. I WISHED
THAT WE COULD HAVE SEEN MORE OF THIS PLACE.

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WE HIRED A CONVERTIBLE FOR THE FIRST TIME HERE IN SPAIN AND
DROVE AROUND THE HILLS TO VISIT RONDA - ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL PLACE THAT
I DISCOVERED WHILST READING TIPS ON VIRTUALTOURIST.

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THERE ARE A COUPLE OF REGRETS.... NOT SEEING MORE IN PARIS AND NOT
VISITING THE SOUTH OF FRANCE.
NEVER MIND...... THEY ARE ON MY PLAN FOR A FUTURE TRIP INCORPORATING
MORE OF SWITZERLAND AND ITALY INCLUDING ANOTHER ROMANTIC CITY....
VENICE :)

BUT FOR NOW.... MY BLOG IS ALL ABOUT OUR FANTASTIC ADVENTURE
THROUGH EUROPE AND MOROCCO.

SO GRAB A SNACK AND DRINK OR 3 AND BE PREPARED FOR A LAZY AFTERNOON
OR EVENING READING MY ENTERTAINING STORIES AND NICE PICTURES.

AND PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE A SMALL COMMENT :)

Posted by aussirose 22:13 Archived in Switzerland Tagged travellerspoint france germany spain & morocco europe belgium switzerland 2011 aussirose Comments (3)

MARRAKECH - EXOTIC AND ENCHANTING

2011 Big 6 Week Trip


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FAVOURITE PHOTO.

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WE HAD JUST BEEN FROM ZURICH, THROUGH GERMANY, BELGIUM, AMSTERDAM AND PARIS
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT. WE HAVE EXPERIENCED DIFFERENT LIFESTYLES BEFORE
HAVING BEEN TO PARTS OF MALAYSIA AND VIETNAM.

NOTHING HOWEVER COMPARES TO MARRAKECH AND OUTBACK MOROCCO.
WHAT AN AMAZING EXOTIC AND ENCHANTING PLACE!
OUR 5 SENSES WERE HIT BIG TIME FROM THE VARIOUS DIVERSE SIGHTS
TO THE SMELLS OF TAGINE, MINT TEA AND OTHER MOROCCAN CULTURAL DISHES,
TO THE HAUNTING SOUNDS OF EVENING PRAYER, TO THE FANTASTIC LOCAL MUSIC
THAT OUR GUIDE PLAYED ON OUR DESERT TRIP (more about that later)......
AND THEN THERE WERE THE SOUKS WITH BUSY BATERING, HAWKERS, SNAKE CHARMERS
AND EVENING STREET FOOD MINGLED WITH MISTY RISING SMOKE ....
THAT IS JUST A TASTE OF OUR AMAZING ADVENTURE HERE IN MOROCCO.

SO PLEASE GRAB A SNACK AND A DRINK OR 3 AND FOLLOW ALONG WHILST I RELIVE OUR
MOROCCAN ADVENTURE. OH AND PLEASE, DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE A LITTLE COMMENT
TO LET ME KNOW THAT YOU HAVE VISITED. THAT WOULD BE APPRECIATED :)

~~~oOo~~~

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WE ARRIVED ON AIR MAROC FROM ORLY AIRPORT PARIS. WOW! SO DIFFERENT!!
IT WAS HOT AND DUSTY.... A VAST CHANGE FROM WHERE WE HAD JUST COME FROM.
WE WERE MET BY A DRIVER THAT WE BOOKED FROM THE ACCOMMODATION.

I FOUND ACCOMMODATION RIGHT IN THE HEART OF THE MEDINA IN MARRAKECH.
WE WERE MET FROM OUR CAR BY FOUAD FROM THE RIAD WHO KINDLY TOOK
OUR TRAVEL BAGS AND LED US THROUGH THE MAZE OF STREETS TO OUR NEW
HOME FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

IT'S AMAZING THAT RIGHT NEAR THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF THE SOUKS AND
MARKET SQUARE, THERE ARE QUIET BACK STREETS LIKE THIS.
IT WAS EQUALLY AMAZING HOW THE NOISE OF THE BUSY SOUKS JUST
MELTED INTO THE COOL AMBIENCE OF THE SURROUNDING ARCHITECTURE.

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RIAD DOLLAR DES SABLES

RIAD DOLLAR DES SABLES WAS A GREAT CHOICE.
THE STAFF THAT WE MET WERE ALL VERY FRIENDLY AND WELCOMING.
I COULD NOT HAVE PICKED A BETTER PLACE TO STAY :)

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THIS CUTE LITTLE RIAD HAD AN OUTDOOR AREA UPSTAIRS OVERLOOKING
THE MEDINA. THE DECORATIONS IN THE MAIN AREA DOWNSTAIRS WERE
COLOURFUL AND PLEASANT TO LOOK AT WHILST EATING BREAKFAST.
HAVING SAID THAT, THE DECOR IN OUR ROOM INCLUDING GOLD PLATED
TAPS AND ACCESSORIES IN OUR BATHROOM WAS PRETTY COOL TOO :)

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WE HAD OUR FIRST TAGINE EXPERIENCE HERE - A MOROCCAN DISH SLOW
COOKED IN CLAY WITH A LID. WE ALSO HAD THE LOCAL MINT TEA....
POURED BY HUBBY ;)

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FIRST NIGHT IN MOROCCO AT LA BOHEME RESTAURANT
OVERLOOKING DJAMMA EL FNA SQUARE

THIS WAS EXPENSIVE! EVEN BY AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS.
BUT I WOULD NOT HESITATE TO DO IT AGAIN! :)

CHECK THAT OUT!!

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AND THAT!!

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THERE IS NO BETTER WAY TO DINE ON YOUR FIRST NIGHT IN
AFRICA, OVERLOOKING THE MEDINA MARKET SQUARE -
DJAMAA EL FNA.

FOUAD FROM OUR RIAD SUGGESTED THAT WE DINE HERE.
OBVIOUSLY HE RECEIVED A CUT FROM THE RESTAURANT FOR TAKIING US.
WE HAD A FABULOUS TIIME!!!
WE ALSO ENJOYED OUR FIRST MOROCCAN BEER - CASABLANCA.
ALCOHOL IS NOT REDILLY AVAILABLE HERE SO THE ONLY PLACES YOU
CAN HAVE A DRINK ARE IN INTERNATIONAL HOTELS, EXPENSIVE
RESTAURANTS LIKE THIS ONE OR IN OBSCURE PLACES IN BACK
ALLEY WAYS BEHIND THE MEDINA.

THE SOUNDS OF EVENING PRAYER FOLLOWED BY NIGHT FALL AND A
FULL MOON RISING BEHIND THE MEDINA ARE ALL MEMORIES I WILL
NEVER FORGET!

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JARDIN MARJORELLE

HUBBY IS A HORTICULTURIST AND AS SUCH LOVES GARDENS.
DURING OUR TRIP WE SAW A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT GARDENS.
JARDIN MARJORELLE WAS UNIQUE FOR ITS COMBINATION OF RICH
COLOURS SURROUNDING IN AN AMONGST NATIVE DESERT PLANTS.

I JUST LOVED IT! :)

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WE ARRIVED HERE BY HORSE AND CARRIAGE, ANOTHER FIRST FOR US :)
IF YOU HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING OUR TRIP YOU WOULD KNOW THAT
WE HAD ALREADY EXPERIENCED GREAT CHIMING CLOCKS,
CUTE COBBLED STONE STREETS, BEAUTIFUL CANALS, STAYING ON A
HOUSEBOAT, WINDMILLS, MANY CASTLES AND A GRAND PALACE !

SO HERE WE ARE IN EXOTIC MOROCCO AND OF COURSE YOU NEED TO
TAKE A HORSE AND CARRIAGE TRIP :)

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IT WAS INTERESTING TO LEARN THE VARIOUS WORDS THAT WE HAVE
NOT COME ACROSS BEFORE.
SO I WILL TAKE A MINUTE TO DESCRIBE WHAT THEY ARE.

MEDINA
OLD HISTORIA PART OF TOWN TYPICALLY WALLED WITH NARROW
MAZE-LIKE STREETS.

RIAD
A TRADITIONAL HOUSE BUILT AROUND A CENTRAL COURTYARD.

SOUK
MARKET PLACE OR BAZAAR.

SO THAT IS WHY I PICKED OUR RIAD IN THE MEDINA AND AMONGST
THE MAZE OF NARROW BACK STREETS BEHIND THE SOUK :)

DJAMMA EL FNA

DJAMMA EL FNA, THE CENTRAL SQUARE OF MARRAKECH MEDINA
WAS INTERESTING TO SEE AT VARIOUS TIMES OF THE DAY.
AS YOU SAW ABOVE, AT NIGHT IT COMES ALIVE WITH ACTIVITY,
VENDERS, CAFES AND STREET FOOD.

HOWEVER, EARLY MORNING IT IS QUIET AND DESERTED.

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SLOWLY SHOP VENDERS WERE PREPARING FOR ANOTHER
BUSY DAY IN THE SOUK.

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THE HAWKERS START EARLY. BTW THEY ARE VERY PERSISTANT.
SOMETIMES EVEN OUR TACTIC OF A FIRM 'NO', LOOK STRAIGHT
AHEAD AND KEEP WALKING DID NOT WORK.

HOWARD GOT CAUGHT BY THE SNAKE CHARMERS WHO AFTER
SHOWING US THE SNAKE SHOW AND A SNAKEY KISS....
ASKED FOR MONEY ;)

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SPEAKING OF HAWKERS, WE FOUND THE BEST THING TO DO IN
THE SOUK WAS TO GET THE GIFT AND JEWELRY SHOPPING DONE
QUICKLY AS THIS WAS THE FIRST PLACE THAT WE HAVE EVER
EXPERIENCED PERSISTANT AND HARRASSING HAWKERS.
BRUSH UP ON THE EXCHANGE RATE BEFORE HAND SO THAT YOU DO
NOT GET RIPPED OFF. BE PREPARED TO BARTER HARD STARTING AT
BELOW HALF OF THE ORIGINAL PRICE OFFERED.

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HOP ON HOP OFF BUS

I ENJOY STREET SCENES AND PEOPLE WATCHING WHEREVER WE TRAVEL.
A GREAT WAY TO EXPERIENCE THIS IS TO DO THE HOP ON HOP OFF BUS.

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SADLY OUR TIME CAME TO AN END.
WE HAD TO SAY GOODBYE TO FOUAD WHO HAD LOOKED AFTER US
AND MADE OUR TIME IN RIAD DOLLAR DES SABLES COMFORTABLE
AND VERY SPECIAL.

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TODAY WE WERE HEADING OUT TO THE SAHARA DESERT FOR AN
ADVENTURE OF A LIFE TIME!

THE TRIP ENTAILED VISITING AMAZIING KASBAHS, VAST CHANGING
SCENERY, SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS AND RIDING OUT OF THE
DESERT ON CAMELS!
NOT TO MENTION HAVING LUNCH WITH OUR GUIDE'S FAMILY IN
THIER HOME, OFF ROAD 4X4 DRIVING, SAND DUNE BASHING,
AND HAVING MINT TEA WITH GENUINE NOMADS IN THEIR CAVE
IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.

I LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING OUR AMAZING ADVENTURE WITH
YOU IN MY NEXT BLOG :)

Posted by aussirose 00:49 Archived in Morocco Tagged and horse el morocco marrakech carriage medina fna jardin souks 2011 aussirose djamaa marjorelle Comments (5)

OFF ROAD TO BOUTAGHRAR, BOUMALNE DADES, GORGES, TINGHIR

5 Day Sahara Desert Trip Morocco


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FAVOURITE PHOTO

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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

6 Week Trip


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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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Posted by aussirose 02:35 Archived in Morocco Tagged travellerspoint sunset ocean beach hotel club atlantic morocco casablanca val vt thongs 2011 aussirose d'anfa Comments (4)

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