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Jun 4, 2013 - Dades Gorge

This morning there were actually Corn Flakes available at the breakfast buffet which was a welcome change from olives, fried bread, cheese & hard-boiled eggs. We drove for a little way along the valley then walked along the river looking at all the tiny plots of irrigated wheat, alfalfa & vegies. It was very pleasant & we’ve noticed lots of wild Oleander growing along the river-beds which are very pretty but could cause problems in the future. Morocco definitely has a Third World mentality when it comes to rubbish – it’s everywhere, even...

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Shirley's 2013 Trip

Jun 3, 2013 - Merzouga to Dades Gorge

Today we moved from the High Atlas mountains to the Anti Atlas mountains but the scenery didn’t change very much. Still the amazing contrast between stark, barren hillsides & incredibly green, fertile valleys. Because the houses are built with the local material they blend in with the landscape so well that initially you don’t even see them. We went to a private Berber house for lunch then were introduced to a carpet ‘showroom’ with an array of the most beautiful Berber carpets. I was sold when we were told that their major customers are...

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Shirley's 2013 Trip

May 22, 2012 - Marrakech - Dades Gorge

Early start with tour (about 12 people); final destination is Dades valley and Gorge. The moment we leave the city, I breathe again. The views become magnificent and dizzying whilst climbing the tortuous road to the pass of Tizi En Tichka @ 2,260 m. It was the main southern access in the caravan days. At the top of the pass, rest stop. Along with the bathroom, we find a coffee shop with espresso that rivals Italy’s, and rock vendors – this is a geology rich area -. I purchase a rock formed by trapped gases. We stop for visit at old Kasbah...

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Jun 15, 2011 - Out of Marrakech

Ugarte: Finally I'll be leaving this...Casablanca Having checked out the night before, I left for my pickup straight after breakfast and was halfway down the block when one of staff caught up with to ask for the actual key, which I'd inadvertently left in my pocket. I'm glad it was him who had to come running after me as he was a stroppy git who I'd already caught muttering under his breath about 'Les Anglais', and his lack of graciousness in reply to my profuse and earnest apologies only confirmed this. Got picked up at the exact time...

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Travels of a Kinnie

Oct 22, 2010 - Boulmane du Dades

Today was eventful, but not much fun. During the middle of the night Maga got badly sick to her stomach and it left her quite weak. The hotel we were in served a very nice breakfast buffet but all she could take in was some hot tea. When our driver arrived and learned of the problem, he called the doctor in Marrakesh , told him of her problem and had him prescribe some medication over the phone to a local pharmacy. He then filled the prescription for us and we were on our way to the Dades Valley, which was a 3 hour drive away. We went to...

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Sep 9, 2010 - Picnic by the river

Breakfast in the outside common area, and we were off for our five-hour hike. This was uphill for the first hour or so, but not hard like the day before. It was hot out, but we had beautiful scenery everywhere we looked. Three mules travelled in the same direction, carrying our picnic lunch and anything Laycen had brought to his cousin's kasbah camp that he now needed to take to his gite in Bouteghar Village, which would be our destination that day. We ended up along a riverbed, and lots of local villagers were doing the laundry in the...

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Sep 8, 2010 - Valley of the Roses and Camp Kasbah!

We had a great breakfast on terrace of the inn, overlooking Ait Ben Haddou - fresh juice, svenj (fried bread, like square flat doughnuts) and honey/preserves, hard-boiled eggs. Most breakfasts have been bread with a jar of apricot preserves and hot water with tea bags. Moroccans don't make a big deal out of breakfast, and especially not during Ramadan. The sun was already hot at 7:30a, so we knew we were in for a warm one. We had our big packs ready to go, smaller day packs ready for the afternoon trip to Rose Valley and the overnight at a...

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Mar 29, 2010 - Through the Gorges of Todra & Dadès

Hello all, We visited the Gorges of the Todra & Dadès, both beautiful, but we liked the Dadès the most, it reminded us of the West of the USA ! Unfortunatally Bert was ill while we were in the Dadès Gorge and he hasn't seen it all, but I, Dini went with another couple in their car far back into the gorges. The locals got me, Dini, on camelback and dressed us like Touaregs. We're going more and more south and experience the fun of having loads of sand coming into the camper......by wind......hurray for my little vacuumcleaner ;-) Love &...

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Oct 5, 2009 - Dades Gorge

A long day today as we left erg Chebbi and made our first stop at Erfoud to visit a cooperative of 65 families who create handicrafts of the region and share in the proceeds of any sale. Brian and i bought our one and only special Moroccan item- me a glorious bowl of yellow and silver work, and Brian a silver sword to add to his collection of bedouin and berber knives bought on our previous visit. A LOT of haggling to place but eventually everyopne was happy and off we went, our wallet much lighter. The afternoon saw us stop in Todra Gorge-...

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Sep 21, 2007 - Merzouga to Dades Gorge

We expected breakfast outside our tents but were disappointed to find out that we had to ride our camel back to the nearest hotel to get breakfast. Audrey, Al, Paullina and I let our guide know that we were not ready to go yet and basically demanded another 10 - 15 minutes of morning to climb along the ridges of a dune for some pictures before we left. The other group left before us. The guide was a little put off with our wishes to stay longer. After all we had paid more money than the 3-day tour and we were not in a hurry to get to our...

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Jun 2, 2005 - Dades Gorge

Well, Abdul was a pain in the ass. Kept tyring to sell me a tour for $250 but don't worry, there's no pressure. You are free to do what you want. So why get shirty when I decide I don't want the 'tour'? To get him off my case, I got him to drive me into 'Wazza' for 100dm - later I found out that the cost is 10dm - hmmmm. Caught the bus and then service taxi to the Dades Gorge. I was the highlight of the journey for the locals - who simply do not comprehend the meaning of personal space and time to oneself. I find I end up having the same...

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