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Oct 15, 2017 - Sunday Osct. 15 Travel to Fes

WE got up early on Sunday around 6:30am. Spending the night in the Berber tents was so special. It was very chilly and we were in our down jackets and hats... about 40 degrees. We waited and waited for the sun to actually rise over the dunes. It was cool to see the shadows change on the tall dune behind us. A dozen or so people from other groups climbed to the top of the large dune to watch the sun rise... takes about 20 minutes to climb it. As it turned out, a couple from Japan was married up there!!!! WE saw them come back down in...

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Oct 14, 2017 - Oct. 14: Sand Dunes and Camel Ride

Saturday, Oct. 14 Dunes Saturday morning we had breakfast in the hotel, Auburge Du Sud. Then we jumped into our 4 wheel drive land cruisers and headed out on desert roads to explore the area. We saw camels, donkeys, sheep, goats, nomads, and palm trees. We went to the small town of Khamelia to hear the Berber musicians. They were wonderful! I will try to add a video but not sure how good our “wee fee” connecions are. We had coffee at a cute touristy shop and enjoyed the “stuff”. Today we will go by camel to another Berber tent complex. As...

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Jun 19, 2017 - Fez to Merzouga

June 19: Fez to Merzouga Middle Atlas Mountains Agricultural valley Midelt plateau High Atlas Mountains--eastern side Ziz River Erfoud village of Rissani--7th century; fossils 3000 year old wells Sahara Desert, Erg Chebbi Merzouga: small desert Berber village Last area for the French to occupy because of the fierce Berber warriors.

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Nov 30, 2016 - Desert Delight and Draa Valley

Hi from Adgz in the Draa Valley. The desert camp in Merzouga was amazing! I would post more pics but internet connection is iffy. We rode into camp on camels, ate dinner and slept in Bedouin tents. Amazing what ingenuity Said and his staff display. Today we drove to Draa Valley- 200 Km long and filed with 850,000 date palms. The pic shows a kasbah built in 16th C where 23 families still live. Back to Marrakech then on to Rabat on Friday.

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Sep 19, 2016 - Les Jardin de Skoura and the Valley of the Roses

An interesting drive, again...this time for a look at the Valley of the Roses. We drove to the overlook for the old Kasbah (fortress) and valley, then continued on to our picnic site down a rustic road near the "river". At our arrival there were several women from the local village washing their clothes while small children played nearby. We did not eat much of the large picnic provided by our guest house, so we had our driver offer it to the children who were spying on us through the bushes. They accepted readily and ran off to a corner...

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Sep 18, 2016 - Drive from our camel trek to Les Jardin de Skoura

Once again a long drive broken up by several interesting stops. First stop-fossil factory. So we learn that this entire desert was under water some many millenniums ago and they have found lots of fossil evidence in the Atlas Mountains. We had a brief tour of the factory and an even briefer experience in the showroom--though, if I needed a granite like table, these would be fabulous with fossils within and then polished. Quite beautiful as well as interesting but the shipping cost home, not so much! Then we made a stop at the Todra Gorge....

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Sep 18, 2016 - Camels in the Sahara

Quite a long drive from Fes to Merzouga-8 hours, but we enjoyed a number of stops along the way. Ifrane for coffee and a photo of the lion statue, the monkeys along the road, varied terrain, and a few communal water pumps. We arrived at the station to pick up our camels for a trek into the Sahara for an overnight in a Berber tent camp. We mounted up, our luggage was attached to the camel and we took off after our camel guide, Ibrahim. He sang, danced and checked on us constantly (a good thing as John’s camel broke loose and he was...

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Dec 8, 2014 - Merzouga: enjoying serenity of a wide-open space

When I woke up next morning I start walking to the dunes then through the dunes with the idea to get to the tallest one to have an overview of that wide-open space and to search for the serenity which can be find there, where you encounter nobody or where he few people you can see are so small: there is a huge feeling of unlimitedness. I already get there several years ago and wanted to encounter the same feeling: I got it when I found a place in the middle of several dunes in a large hollow. From that place, there was no wing so just the...

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Dec 7, 2014 - On the way to the desert

One of my favorite areas are the wide spaces; deserts are that kind and Merzouga is the place where I had a one week walk some 7 years ago so I cannot leave morocco without getting there again. So 300 kms again to drive through but it makes sense to go there; then I will drive backward to Tanger for getting back to France. I drove through very large area with less and less vegetation and it was late when I get to the last town before Merzouga. There one guy knocked my door wanting to propose a camping in Merzouga... bla bla bla...finally he...

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Jun 2, 2013 - Midelt to Merzouga

A wonderful day driving through the High Atlas mountains with even more variations of scenery from very barren mountainsides to wonderful, fertile valleys. The highlight of the day was riding camels through the Sahara sand dunes & watching the sunset (which wasn’t that great because of some heavy cloud on the horizon). This didn’t spoil the experience though – just the solitude of the dunes & the fun of the camel ride was enough. It’s very late – about 11:30pm & we’ve just finished dinner so that’s enough for today.

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Shirley's 2013 Trip

May 23, 2012 - Dades Gorge - Merzouga

– I wake up early to sound of birds chirping and water moving. I wish I could stay here a few days, hike and relax. However, we must leave for final destination – Marzouga in the Western Sahara and home of the Toureg people. Our first stop is at the nearby Todres Gorge; not as spectacular (to me) as Dades but important because the river begins here. I walk to the spring and soak my feet in it. It feels mystical. Later, we walk through fields to reach a Kasbah and women cooperative for tappis (rugs). I remember Anna’s words: “Don’t you buy...

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Jun 16, 2011 - Follow that camel!

Captain Renault: What in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca? Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters. Captain Renault: The waters? What waters? We're in the desert. Rick: I was misinformed Once again our happy band takes off, soon stopping for another photo opportunity, this time of the town, although some Arabic with the star of Morocco, emblazoned in white on the hillside, catches my eye. I ask the driver what it means, and if I understand him right, it means 'the desert is ours', and is a reference to the disputed...

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