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Oct 12, 2017 - Oct. 12 Thursday Skoura

This morning we had a lovely 3 course breakfast, crepes, small omlet, fresh OJ, wonderful Morrocan coffee! We had a table in the garden, so beautiful. Then we headed out to the Oasis. This oasis runs 30 kilometers on each side of the river. The word for river is “wa – wa.” It is dry at this time of year, so we are joking that there is “no wa – da in the wa - wa.” We walked through the oasis, which is filled with tamarind trees, lots of date palms, and sand. There are irrigation ditches running through out. We stopped at some old ruins and...

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Oct 11, 2017 - Rocking the Kasbahs or The Road to Ouarzazate, the Moroccan Hollywood

* a note I forgot from yesterday: The Flintstone name is because of all the rocky features in the rooms: sink, walls and bed--the mattress was on top of a cement box and was one of the hardest mattresses I've ever slept on. A very long, uncomfortable night! We left the Flintstone Hotel at 8:00am. Today is another fairly long day of bus riding, mainly because we're going back over the High Atlas Mountains on windy narrow roads with some construction. As we drive along the roads, sights we see include a huge vista of volcano looking...

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Oct 11, 2017 - Wed. Oct. 11: Travel to Skoura

Wed. Oct. 11 We left the hotel around 8:30 am, and headed East through the High Atlas Mountains at 7400 feet, on a highway of multiple hair pin turns. Thank goodness I had read the map, and put on my “patch” for motion sickness. We stopped for coffee, then for lunch. We went through a restored Kasbah. We arrived at our Kasbah hotel about 5:00 pm. The Kasbah has a lovely swimming pool and I am planning to take a dip tomorrow!!! We had a photo instruction meeting at 5:30, then dinner at 7:00. The owners are French, and the cuisine was...

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Nov 29, 2016 - Marrakech to Ouarzazate to Boumalne Dades

Whenever you travel in a 'third' world country it is the little things, like sharing a toilet with the guys that remind you of home! Had to pay 1 dirham for a tiny square of toilet paper in the communal biffy. So far people , country , food have alll been exceptional. Am having some issues with internet connection and uploading so apologies... Heading toward Merzouga and the desert camp today so out of posting range for a few days .

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Oct 29, 2016 - Ait Benhaddou Casbah

We left Marrakech at 9.30a to drive southeast into the scenic High Atlas Mts. Red is the predominant color that comes to mind. Red mixed with browns, yellows, and beiges. Beautiful. We climbed and climbed....over a 2200 or more me. pass. We stopped for coffee about an hour and a half out of Marrakech and took photos of terracotta villages camouflaged against the valley walls. We passed numerous people either walking beside or riding working donkeys. We saw olives being picked. Neat rectangular fields dotted the lower valleys. Higher up...

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Oct 19, 2016 - Ouarzazate

19 October: Today our guide treated us to the highest quality fresh Medjool dates - we saw the date Market in Erfoud as we left the city and headed west and then south to the Todra Gorge. Here we were able to walk beside the river on a concrete platform which also doubled as the road and market place for the locals. The walls of the gorge were incredibly high and quite close together. The river water was both very clean and cold. After lunch we visited the family of an Imman where we were shown around the public part of his traditional riad...

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Dec 1, 2014 - Ouarzazate and around

Today the weather is good, just perfect and I need a little breath in this aventure and the camper a huge cleaning. But it is difficult also not to take the opportunity to drive around to discover more from that beatigul country. I met two more french touristd with vans who use to be there 6 months every year. Good program!

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Nov 30, 2014 - From Marrakech to Ouarzazate through the Atlas. wahou!

Challenging liaison again from Marrakech to Ouarzazate through the Atlas.I tried already yesterday evening buy the road was closed. Fortunatly I get through that road in the light of the day because even open the road was a big challenge to drive on.But the landskape is splendid with many villages including old and new parts, with big mountain and 20cm of snow at the top. Getting don from the top I met a couple I drove to the dentist 20km from their home. They have an 'experiented person' they use as a doctor but no dentist. I am now in...

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Oct 2, 2014 - Le Sahara... pour le meilleur et pour le pire!!!!

Séjour dans le desert (Sylvie et Carmen) On peut dire qu’on aura essayé ! Après 1h30 sur le dos d’un dromadaire…moi et Sylvie avons ramassé ce qu’il nous restait de notre arrière-train et sommes retournées à Zagora avec l’aide d’un des guides. L’expérience ne fût pas vécu comme planifié au départ (ça arrive parfois) Nous étions supposées partir 3 jours et après 1h30, nous savions que prolonger le tour ne serait pas une bonne idée ! Le paysage était super beau et seccccc! La température devait avoisiner les 40 degrés et on s’est vite...

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Sep 27, 2014 - Traversée désertique en bus

Journée de transition aujourd’hui, on a pris un petit déjeuner près de la Kasbah (grande maison avec fortifications) de Taroudant. On a ensuite pris une petite marche dans la ville et autour des fortifications de la ville en se rendant au terminus pour notre transfert en autobus vers Ouarzazate. On a voyagé avec la compagnie CTM (la compagnie nationale de transport), bel autobus climatisé, transport des vélos dans la soute à bagages. Somme toute, un voyage sans histoire (5h) où nous avons vu de merveilleux paysages désertiques très spéciaux...

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Oct 21, 2010 - Ouarzazate

Yesterday we finished our exploration of life in the Berber area known as the Ourika Valley. Like everything else in life, we didn’t see everything but we did learn a lot from what we saw. Generally, the people in this area live in mud brick 1 story huts with very little of the comforts that we consider to be normal. Many homes have no electricity or bathing facilities. The children have to walk miles to get to school and many of them do not have the opportunity to attend school so they grow up illiterate. Their fathers often have no steady...

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Apr 4, 2010 - On our way south to the desert.....

Hi all, Transport down here is something special....in this case a man, but we've seen chickens, sheep, and even calves high up on a small car...... very old women carrying heavy or big loads of wood, hay, or undefined big sacks on their bended backs...... younger women and even little girls with babies in a sling on their back and other things on their heads...... and they're all covered with multiple layers of clothes...althoug it's 40'C now ! Washing will be done in the river and all the laundry will dry on a bush or the stones. And...

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