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Jan 11, 2018 - So far so good

I think we're just past halfway through our Morocco tour. Our fellow travelers are proving to be relaxed and tolerant. Driving days are manageable. Hotels are secure, reasonably clean, and with hot water more often than not. I am a bit uncertain about food. Moroccan food is not terribly interesting. Tagene features overcooked vegetables. "Cooked salads" are over-steamed vegetables that are to me virtually flavorless. Our standard bread is grainy and under-salted. Breakfast invariably means carbs and eggs, lots of carbs. On the other hand,...

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Second Time Around

Jun 5, 2013 - Dades to Ait Benhaddou

Our first stop today was the Weekly Market in the little town not far from the hotel. It was lots of fun mixing with the locals & looking at the array of goods from chickens & sheep to clothing to spices & everything in between. We had another long day in the bus, which I think we’re all getting bored with. We had several stops in a town called Ouarzazate which is the movie capital of Morocco. There are 2 major studios where apparently there have been lots of well-known movies made – parts of Laurence of Arabia, some of the Indiana Jones...

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Shirley's 2013 Trip

Oct 18, 2011 - Marrakech to Ait Benhaddou

15/10/2011 Sorry guys no photos yet. We visited the souks and the Big Square in Marrakech today, the souks are amazing, think of a market within a labyrinth. It's divided into sections like spices, shoes, leather, olives. We had lunch at a cafe on the edge of the square where we had our first Tagine and Moroccan mint tea. In the big square we found snake charmers, need to get a photo on our return to Marrakech in 6 days time. After lunch we headed back into the souks. We ventured deeper and deeper until we popped out the other side, only...

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Sep 7, 2010 - Tizi n'Tichka to Ait Benhaddou

Our morning hike was great...we learned more about the village we've stayed in for the past two days (Aremd), and we got to walk through town, which was fun because Issam knows everyone in this town too. A woman tending to her apple trees called out to him and cut off an apple for each of us, telling us in Berber not to forget to eat them. We learned that no matter how small a village, it must have four things: mosque, school, hammam, bakery. Families make their own bread dough and bring it to the village bakery for baking. Hammams are...

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Oct 6, 2009 - Ait ben Haddou

Drove up to the top of the gorge for the best view, after a harrowing drive on a narrow zigzag road-awesome! Then back down through the gorge and on to Ouazarte for lunch before finishing for the day at Ait ben Haddou- the medina that was restored many years ago by Universal Studios for Star wars (and has been used several times since for other movies<). Our bed was in a small 3 week old family run hotel, with a view over to the medina, which looked quite ghostly in the moonlight, as we ate a delicious tajine on the rooftop terrace. Our...

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Jul 7, 2008 - Ait Benhaddou

Today we headed westwards. Stopped in at the movie capital of Morooco - Ouazazale. Had a quick tour of the sets of various movies with scenes from Jerusalem, Egypt, Rome and included Noah's ark. Then it was on to Ait Benhaddou, the famous Kasbah town that has featured in films such as Gladiator & Kingdom of heaven. Our accomodation is a guest house and the family prepared us a traditional dinner. After dinner there was a cooking class. It was very hot here and I slept in the open on the terrace on top of the guest house.

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Sep 16, 2004 - Ait Benhaddou, Morocco

Although we liked Marrakesh, after 2 days it was time to move on so we packed up and headed to the bus station. We planned to go further south to a town called Ouarzazate from where we would back track and get to a village near a big Kasbah called Ait Benhaddou which is famous because although there are still about 100 people who live in it, it was also used for scenes in the Gladiator and some older movies, too. It also afforded me my first (and by no means the last) opportunity to sing "Rockin' the Kasbah" which Charlie had never heard...

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