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Mar 3, 2011 - Morocco Madness

As we approached Morocco, you could see the outline of the Atlas Mountains to the east which shields the coast from the harsh heat of the Sahara. As we left the dock, the warm Sirocco winds came up and nearly blew us off our feet. Now we know why they wear that head gear they can pull over their faces in a dust storm. Most of the commerce of North Africa passes through Morocco making Casablanca a very busy port city. Portugal and France played a big part in its history and you can still see much of that influence in the city today. Most of...

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Transatlantica

Jan 1, 2011 - Casablanca

Arrived into the airport around 5.30pm and it was empty. Walked outside to catch a taxi into the city and the lovely warm air hit my skin. The snow and cold weather in Ireland will soon be a distant memory. Start of the numerous negotiations that I would have to make over the next 3 weeks, price for taxi agreed we head into the chaotic city of Casablanca. The city is very loud, noisy, car horns beeping non stop. Drivers are very aggressive,each pushing the other out of the way, fighting for every inch of the road. Even pedestrians have to...

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Nov 1, 2010 - Casablanca, Nov. 1-3

This entry is written in the early evening of November 2, 2010, which is our last night in Morocco. We have been in Casablanca for 2 full days and have decided that coming here from Rabat was a smart move. Casablanca is the economic center of Morocco and is a beautiful and interesting city with wide boulevards, a beautiful road along the coast known as the Corniche and a lot of building going on. We spent several hours of our first day here walking along the Corniche , which is a combination road, public park with beautiful landscaping,...

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Oct 13, 2010 - Morocco

My first 3rd world experience was a major culture shock. i would have to say that most of what I came in contact in Casablanca and Marrakech was the intense feeling of actually being the minority group. Our group consisted of 3 girls and myself. We flew into Casablanca October 7th around 6pm and it was completely dark. I had previously assumed that it would not hit dusk in Morroco until 9pm. I had some what of an understanding of Morroco by reading up on it, but it was amazing how wrong I actually was. When we finally made it to the the...

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EURO-TRIP

Oct 13, 2010 - Arrival in Morocco

We arrived about 3:30 pm in Casablanca and were met by our guide, Fouad, who whisked uls off immediately to Marrakesh. This was another 3 1/2 hour ride and we were very tired is when we arrived. Our car for the entire trip is a 6 passenger Mercedes van which is only 2 weeks old and is very comfortable. The guest house at which we're staying is beautiful. Guest houses in Morocco are called Riads. Too tired today to do much of anything except eat dinner and then to bed. Pictures of car, driver and riad will follow.

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Oct 3, 2010 - Marrakech

Two full days in Marrakech are just that, FULL. The city itself is quite large, thought the area most frequented by the tourists is about a mile square. My riad is about 20 min walk from the "Place Jemaa El Fna" or the square. This is the most famous place in the country, known for the "souks" or bazaars. supossedly there are 40,000 vendors throughout the zone. Arrival in the square is just like in the movies. Snake charmers, acrobats,veiled henna artists,and medicine men selling potions and snake oils etc. The colors, smells and the sounds...

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PETES MOROCCO 2010

Sep 29, 2010 - File under "What the hell was i thinking"

This is a trip of firsts and revelations. In some ways this odessey defines the reason I have been doing these trips over the years. I have left a few days out, mostly because the last entry drained me. I will combine yessterday and today as the both occur in Ourika valley and both contribute to the most physically draining adventures I have ever taken. I will start off by saying that these past two days in the mountains north of Marrakech, have either solidified my desire to climb Mount Everest, or convinced me that I really am crazy to...

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PETES MOROCCO 2010

Sep 25, 2010 - Sahara-revised 27 sept 2010

After journies to 5 continents and 40 countires in a lifetime, I thought I had an Idea of the extremes of the human existinace in the world. After yesterday, My idea of the world must surely change. My day started as usual, up at 7am, and a light breakfast of coffee, juice and Moroccan flat bread. I have learned over the years that some of my best encounters happen in the mornings when the locals, whereever I am, start their days. Unlike Americans, most of the places I visit, start very early with breakfast, morning prayer and off into the...

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Sep 23, 2010 - South to the mountains

As planned, Anis and myself drove the 400km from Fez to Erfoud in the high atlas mountains. The drive took us from the city ,through every type of terrain. Arid desert, lush mountains similar to North Carolina, mountains similar to Arizona and finally an oasis full of date palms which went on forever. Ending our trip in Erfoud. Photo ops were better today as we encountered a nomad village of 3 families camped in a field. The children were happy to have their photos taken and eventually we were invited into a family tent (30'x20') covered in...

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Sep 22, 2010 - FEZ-cont

Well Fez , though old and historical, was not my ideal place to start my photographic expedition. Unfortunately, my local guide ( not to be confused with Anis, my driver and translator) was more interested in taking me to the "sites" where local handiworks were made and ultimately sold ( with a comission to my guide) five hours in the old city netted a dozen or so photos. Time to rethink my stragety. Anis and I have decided to leave the city early and get to the mountains and local villages. Tomorrow WILL be better. I can't wait to get into...

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Sep 21, 2010 - Fez

I am now in my Riad in Fez. I sure miss SOME of the west, mainly dsl which is NOT slower than dial up. 36-48 mbps is like dying a slow death. I promise not to ever complain about 256 mbps again. I think this message will take 3 minutes to transmit. I will try to upload pictures but I can probably fly them home faster, Better luck tomorrow. Pray to ALLAH and the internet gods! Spent today driving from Chefchaouen , to Volubilis, to Fez. Volubilis is a Roman city from the 3rd century. Mostly destroyed by earthquake but intact enough to see...

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Sep 20, 2010 - Chefchaouen

After a long two day getting here, i spent my first day getting used to the people and the culture. The Moroccans, love the US and it's people. I have learned that this country has been our friend since the beginning. The is a secret desire for Morocco to be our 51st. state. The village i am in reminds me of Greece but all the buildings are pale blue with the "Greek" blue trim and doors. It is erie to look into a home or passage way and see nothing but irredescent blue. I am a bit tired from 10 miles walking up and down cobblestone streets....

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PETES MOROCCO 2010

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