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ATLAS MOUNTAINS, TELOUET, AIT BEN HADDOU, OUARZAZATE

5 Day Sahara Desert Trip Morocco


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MEET HABIB NAAMANI, OUR TOUR GUIDE AND OWNER OF SAHARA DREAMS MAROC.

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HABIB IS A BORN AND BRED BERBER NOMAD WHO GREW UP IN M'HAMID
ON THE EDGE OF THE SAHARA DESERT.

HE MAKES HIS LIVING BY DRIVING TOURISTS LIKE US THROUGH HIS COUNTRY.
HABIB ALSO EMPLOYS OTHER DRIVERS. WE MET ONE AT THE DESERT CAMP THAT
WAS DRIVING SOME PEOPLE FROM FRANCE.

IT WAS AN HONOUR AND PRIVILEDGE TO HAVE HABIB SHOW US AROUND.

THIS TRIP WAS AN ADVENTURE OF A LIFE TIME. WE ENJOYED IT SO MUCH THAT
WE WOULD LOVE TO DO IT ALL AGAIN.

BELOW IS THE START OF OUR AMAZING ADVENTURE THAT WOULD TAKE US
FROM MARRAKECH, THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS, INTO LUSH VALLEYS,
TRAVERSING TIGHT WINDY ROADS THROUGH GORGES, CROSS COUNTRY
IN THE 4X4, MEETING BERBER NOMADS IN THEIR CAVE, SLEEPING OUT
UNDER THE STARS IN THE DESERT, RIDING CAMELS OUT OF THE DESERT,
HAVING LUNCH WITH HABIB'S RELATIVES IN THEIR HOME,
GUNNING THE 4X4 THROUGH DESERT SAND TO THE CAMP SITE AND
MUCH, MUCH MORE!

SO GRAB SOME SNACKS, A DRINK OR 3 AND FOLLOW ALONG WHILST I
RELIVE OUR ADVENTURES HERE ON MY NEW HOME TRAVELLERSPOINT :)

~~~oOo~~~

DAY 1 - ATLAS MOUNTAINS, TELOUET, AIT BEN HADDOU, OUARZAZATE.

FAVOURITE PICTURE.
TAKEN BY HABIB IN FRONT OF THE FAMOUS AIT BEN HADDOU-
MORE ABOUT THAT LATER.

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ATLAS MOUNTAINS

ONE OF THE MOST ENJOYABLE PARTS OF THIS TRIP WAS THE CHANGING
SCENERY. HEADING OUT OF TOWN AND TOWARDS THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS
IT WAS FLAT AND SPARCE.

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ONCE WE ARRIVED AT THE FOOT OF THE MOUNTAINS THE ROAD
NARROWED AND WAS VERY WINDY AS WE DROVE UP AND AROUND
TO THIS FANTASTIC LOOKOUT.

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HERE WE ENCOUNTERED HAWKERS SELLING AN ARRAY OF TOURIST
GIFTS. I BOUGHT A ROCK THAT OPENS UP TO REVEAL THE MOST
GORGEOUS ROSE CRYSTAL :)

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THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS SEEM TO GO ON FOREVER......
NO WONDER! THEY ARE OVER 2,500KM AND SPAN 3 COUNTRIES -
MOROCCO, ALGRIA AND TUNISIA!

FIRST NOMAD SIGHTING

THIS WAS OUR FIRST NOMAD SIGHTING. THEY WERE HEARDING THEIR
SHEEP AND GOATS ACROSS THE ROAD AND UP THE STEEP HILLSIDE.

WE STOPPED TO LET THEM BY AND OPENED THE WINDOWS TO TAKE
SOME PICTURES.

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HABIB EXPLAINED THAT SOMETIMES THE NOMADS
DO NOT LIKE TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED BY TOURISTS....
AND SURE ENOUGH..... THERE WERE A FEW HEATED WORDS SPOKEN.
OOOPS...

SO WE QUICKLY WOUND THE WINDOWS UP AND CONTINUED ON.

KASBAH DE TELOUET

OUR FIRST KASBAH. A KASBAH IS A TYPE OF FORTRESS WHERE
THE LEADER LIVED. IT WAS A DEFENCE SAFE PLACE FOR WHEN A
CITY WAS UNDER ATTACK.

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WE ENTERED A LONG COOL HALLWAY WHICH LED INTO THIS ROOM
OF EXTRAVENCE. HERE WE WERE TAKEN BACK THROUGH TIME.
THE WHOLE ROOM WAS SURROUNDED BY INTRICATE CERAMIC TILES
TO WHICH THE MOROCCANS ARE SO GOOD AT.

ONE COULD IMAGINE BEING WINED AND TINED HERE.

AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE ORIGINAL OWNERS DID TO THIER
ADVANTAGE.

THE STORY OF THIS KASBAH GOES LIKE THIS -
THE ORIGINAL OWNERS OF THIS AMAZING FORTRESS WERE
CUNNING AND CLEAVER. THEY DUPED EVERYONE THAT CHALLENGED
THEM WITH THEIR AMAZING HOSPITALITY.
SO MUCH SO THAT THEY WERE BYPASSED WHEN A POTENTIAL
CONFLICT AROSE AND KASBAH DE TELOUET SURVIVED WHEREAS
OTHER KASBAH'S FELL TO THE ENEMY.

TIME FOR A PIT STOP, REFRESHMENTS AND A NICE VIEW OVER THE
VALLEY.

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DIVERSE LIVING SCENERY

WHEREVER I TRAVEL, NOT ONLY AM I INTERESTED IN THE LANDSCAPE
SCENERY, BUT I ALSO ENJOY VIEWING THE VARIOUS LIVING CONDITIONS
OF THE LOCALS.

THIS PART OF MOROCCO WAS AS EQUALLY INTERESTING IF NOT BETTER
THAN I HAVE COME ACROSS BEFORE IN OUR TRAVELS.

SO BELOW ARE MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF LOCAL LIVING SCENES IN
OUTBACK MOROCCO. NO PARTICULAR ORDER.
LIKE MOST PLACES IN THE WORLD, THEY HAVE THEIR RICH, MIDDLE-CLASS
AND POOR.
HOWEVER, IT WAS NO SURPRISE TO ME TO SEE THAT NO MATTER HOW
RICH OR POOR ..... EVERY HOUSE THAT WE SAW HAD A SATELITE DISH!.... ;)

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AIT BEN HADDOU

WE WERE NEARING THE END OF OUR FIRST DAY. HEADING TOWARDS
OUR DESTINATION FOR THE NIGHT OUARZAZATE, WE HAD ONE LAST
AMAZING THING TO SEE - AIT BEN HADDOU.

AIT BEN HADDOU IS A HUGE FORTIFIED CITY OR KSAR. IT IS A WORLD
HERITAGE SITE THAT IS WELL KNOWN FOR HOSTING A NUMBER OF GREAT
MOVIES LIKE STAR WARS, JESUS OF NAZARETH, GLADIATER AND
THE JEWEL OF THE NILE.

THIS WAS AN AMAZING PLACE!! WE WALKED RIGHT UP TO THE TOP FOR A
VIEW OVER THE VALLEY. APARENTLY THERE ARE STILL 10 FAMILIES THAT
RESIDE HERE.

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HUBBY BOUGHT A COUPLE OF PAINTINGS FROM THIS GUY. WELL NOT
REALLY PAINTINGS AS SUCH. HE WAS USING CLAY AND COLOURED
STONES AND THEN FIRING THEM ONTO THE PAPER WITH A BLOW TORCH.
IT WAS QUITE INTERESTING TO SEE.

OUARZAZATE - SAHARA DREAMS MAROC

WE STOPPED BRIEFLY AT HABIB'S HOME BASE WHERE WE MET HAIAT,
ADMINISTRATOR AND TOUR PLANNER. WHEN I ARRANGED AND BOOKED
OUR TOUR, HAIAT WAS OUR POINT OF CONTACT.
IT WAS A PLEASURE TO DEAL WITH HAIAIT. SHE ANSWERED OUR QUERIES
PROMPTLY AND DEALT WITH EVERYTHING EFFICIENTLY AND SMOOTHLY.
WE FELT PRIVILEGED TO MEET HER.

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RIAD DAR CHAMAA

RIAD DAR CHAMAA - A COOL OASIS IN THE DESERT.

WE ENJOYED A SWIM IN THE POOL AND DINNER ON THE
VERANDAH OUSIDE OVERLOOKING THE POOL. IT WAS A
PLEASANT PLACE TO STAY FOR OUR FIRST NIGHT.

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IF YOU HAVE ENJOYED FOLLOWING ALONG AS I RELIVE OUR
MOROCCAN ADVENTURE.... PLEASE CLICK THE NEXT BUTTON BELOW
FOR DAY 2 - INCLUDING SOME OFF ROAD 4X4 DRIVING,
SHARING MINT TEA WITH BERBER NOMADS IN THEIR CAVE
IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, ZIG ZAGGING DOWN STEEP WINDY ROADS,
AND AN INTERESTING CARPET STORY..... :)

Posted by aussirose 18:40 Archived in Morocco Tagged mountains travellerspoint landscape scenery ben atlas dar riad kasbah ouarzazate 2011 telouet ait haddou aussirose chamaa morocca Comments (1)

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

Big 6 Week Trip


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FAVOURITE PHOTO

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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!!!!

Posted by aussirose 01:52 Archived in Morocco Tagged mountains travellerspoint landscape scenery morocco nomad stars gorges sleeping under m'hamid berber saghro 2011 tamegroute todra aussirose habib saharadreamsmaroc.com n'kob Comments (3)

M'HAMID, CHEGAGA BIVOUAC DESERT CAMP, MARRAKECH

6 Week Trip


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FAVOURITE PHOTO

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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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Posted by aussirose 18:36 Archived in Morocco Tagged travellerspoint desert landscape driving 4x4 scenery morocco sahara dunes bivouac m'hamid 2011 aussirose saharadreamsmaroc.com chegage Comments (3)

TORREMOLINOS, LA ALHAMBRA GARDENS. MIJAS, RONDA SPAIN

6 Week Trip


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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 :)

Posted by aussirose 14:33 Archived in Spain Tagged gardens landscape palace scenery bridge alhambra spain la europe mijas ronda convertible torremolinos 2011 aussirose Comments (2)

VALENCIA

6 Week Trip


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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.

Posted by aussirose 16:58 Archived in Spain Tagged night travellerspoint architecture and restaurant marina hotel of lake scenery city spain el valencia arts europe photography sal apartamentos 2011 sciences aussirose albufera bajondillo oceanographic coso Comments (2)

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