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Feb 3, 2018 - Snow Again!

Day 20 - Saturday 3rd February From sand to snow to sand to snow etc etc! Today we left the sand & headed back to the snow again. Mind you we had to suffer a minor sand storm as we left Mazurka. The wind had got up during the night & was blowing sand across the open fields & across the roads. Visibility affected but not too badly. Before we left the site our gracious camp owner delivered a nice warm round flat bread & a couple of bread pancakes in time for breakfast. Once we left Mazurka it was just a case of heading generally North now...

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Jan 10, 2018 - Road travel

Since leaving the train, we travel primarily by van. The van is supplied by a subcontractor to Intrepid. It is modern and clean, and our driver is scrupulous when it comes to speed limits and road rules. Seats are designed for European fashion models. Seats are narrow, cushions thin. One quickly gets used to rubbing shoulders with a neighbor. We have been asked to rotate seats on a regular basis so that no one suffers daily from a bad situation. The far back corner seats are avoided as claustrophobia-causing death traps. So far, our group...

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Second Time Around

Jan 9, 2018 - Sand and such

We moved south and left the snow, but we did not leave the cold. I'm not paying attention to temperature but we are wearing all of our warm layers outdoors and most of our warm layers indoors. Thankfully, the sun is out. We spent last night camping in sand dunes of the western Sahara Desert. We traveled about three miles from our van to the camp via dromedary. Our leader informed us that there are no camels in North Africa. What we have in North Africa are dromedaries. It seems the two are closely related, but the camel has two humps,...

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Second Time Around

Dec 9, 2014 - Back north through the Atlas again

Hey! So yesterday I also drove a long trip to the top of a pass in the Atlas where I had a calm night at a gas station before to get the van washed because I was hoping not to have any challenge again with crossing rivers. Then December 9th I drove through the Atlas where I encounter snow again (by the way I would like to have some now January 12th the start the ski season!) and then drove downhill crossing cedar forests and nice landscape again until I reach that place where we can see Macaques that I did not remember at that time and that...

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Jun 1, 2013 - Fes to Midelt

Another amazing day in Morocco travelling through the Middle Atlas mountains & an incredible variety of scenery from fertile valleys, cedar & pine forests then barren, rocky landscapes which I expected the whole of Morocco to look like & it doesn’t. One of our most memorable stops was in the middle of a cedar forest visiting a colony of Barbary apes which are native to this area. They were quite tame & willingly brought their tiny babies to show us. We also visited an old monastery just outside Midelt where Franciscan nuns set up a school...

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Shirley's 2013 Trip

Nov 10, 2011 - Magnificent Midelt

Another breakfast in the sunshine at an outdoor coffee shop! Eke had a kind of cornmeal pancake filled with goat cheese and honey. A glass of freshly squeezed ornage juice completed the meal. Brian just wanted a piece of banana bread. After loading our bus with all the luggage we left promptly at 9 am for a 5hr drive to Midelt. We stopped in Efrane. Efrane is called the Moroccan Switzerland. It is a wealthy area with houses and buildings built in Swiss style. The town has an English only university where wealthy students from Saudi Arabia...

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Apr 7, 2011 - At last we head for the countryside

We leave Fes and travel south. A great deal of excitement as we are finally leaving the cities behind and head for the countryside. We travel through the business centre of Fes, pass yet another golf course, an agricultural machinery business – some large new houses built on the outskirts. Just as in other countries house owners do not have to pay rates until their dwelling is completed. It’s very common to see a two-story house with reo bars pointing to the sky – for the third story that may never be built. Eventually we are into the olive...

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Feb 18, 2010 - Take me to the Kasbah

18th February We left the hotel at 8.30am for the drive south. Again it was pouring rain, so I was glad it was a traveling day. We passed through a variety of terrains until we reached Ifrane, a mountain resort, in the Middle Atlas Mountains, established by the French and a popular ski centre. The buildings actually looked more Swiss than French or Moroccan. In the right conditions it would have been lovely to linger a while, but unfortunately, it was still raining hard. We had to run to the coffee shop, but it was worth it for the...

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Jul 3, 2008 - Berrem, Midelt

We headed south today into the Middle Atlas to Midelt. We took a walk through a local mud brick village at Berrem. This is a very trqditional village and we could see how they grew crops and their general lifestyle. In the evening we had a traditioal band and dancers perform for us

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