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Africa » Morocco » Anti-Atlas » Fez May 1st 2014

Once we found our riad we were really impressed with the beauty of it. It had beautiful architecture and a beautiful courtyard. And luckily the girl that worked there spoke English so Tyler was finally able to communicate with someone other than me. They brought us tea and gave us a map outlining the main sites of the medina. From there we were brought to our room. Our room was gorgeous and was decorated with beautiful Moroccan woodwork. However one strange thing........ no door on the bathroom. It was just wide open in the room. Tyler and I ran into this problem in Thailand and worked out a system of one person waiting outside while the other used the washroom. We used this system again. The shower was also open with no curtain or anything which ... read more
Tannery
Ready for the desert
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Africa » Morocco » Anti-Atlas » Fez May 12th 2013

Deze trip beloofde een geheel nieuw avontuur, een nieuw continent en spannende momenten. Erik en ik hadden een leuke topo gevonden: "Morocco Rock". Deze topo omschreef een prachtige omgeving in de Anti-Atlas, kleine 4u rijden van Agadir. We besloten onze kans te wagen. De route-openaars zijn allemaal welbekende Engelse klimmers die geschiedenis hebben geschreven. Erik, Kobe en ik wilden ons in hun voetsporen wagen... Op 1 mei 2013 vertrokken we op de toeristische vlucht richting Agadir. Na een kleine 4u waren we verlost van de bendes zonnekloppers. We regelden ons gewaagd autootje, een Suzuki Alto, een ruim autootje van zeer klein formaat. We kregen er juist alles in. Met dit autootje hebben we heel wat bergen, dalen en scherpe bochtjes afgelegd. Het was ruim 3u30 rijden tot Tafraout. Het hotel, The Kasbah Tizourgane in Ida Ougnidif, ... read more
Nele in Marokko
Midden in Biourgane.
Ons autootje

Africa » Morocco » Anti-Atlas » Fez December 19th 2011

Fez, the Imperial City, has the original old part called the Medina and a modern new town. We stayed in a beautifully restored Riyad in the Medina and walked throughout the medina. We tried to get lost, but only got really lost on our last day there. Fez claims to have the oldest University in the world, predating the Oxford religious instruction period. The Kairaouine Mosque and University in the centre of the Fez Medina is still considered the second most important place of Muslim learning in the world, after only Cairo. The medina is basically one huge souq ... everything from fruits and vegetables to your inevitable carpets and leather goods. You can smell the tannery long before you get there. As mentioned, getting lost here is a right of passage, but we kept finding ... read more
Entrance
Tajine Crockery
Olives

Africa » Morocco » Anti-Atlas » Fez February 21st 2011

We had our second of many bread-only breakfasts in Morocco this morning, but there were several different kinds of bread, one being very much like my grandmother's cornbread, and lovely jam and butter and coffee. Enis was functioning much better than I thought he would without his Turkish tea. Moroccans drink mint tea, which I loved, but they didn't serve it at breakfast at our hotel. Our breakfasts were good in Morocco, but consisted mainly of bread. That is very French and the Moroccans have definitely been influenced by the French - food, architecture, language, and attitudes were all reflective of their time as a French colony. Unfortunately...' After breakfast we walked to the medina and immediately found a spice store featured in Lonely Planet. The guy working there told us his father was Mr. Spice ... read more
Hamam Entrance
In the Medina
Moroccan Sconces

Africa » Morocco » Anti-Atlas » Fez February 19th 2011

I had a lot of expections about Morocco. I expected to get some great photos of the architecture, see the Sahara Desert, eat some good food, and experience Moroccan hospitality among other things. I did indeed get some great photos, see the Sahara, eat some good food, but I was sorely disappointed in the Moroccan people's lack of hospitality or even warmth towards tourists. I was also sorely disappointed in my traveling partner in some respects, although he did a really stand up job driving. Enis, my carpet dealer boyfriend, and I did meet a few hospitable people, but I can count them on one hand. This lack of hospitality did not stop us from having a good time and some good laughs though. There was a time in Fez when I regretted my choice of ... read more
Baby Sheep Grazing in Volubilis
Goats in Volubilis
Volubilis

Africa » Morocco » Anti-Atlas » Fez December 25th 2010

Well, hasn't that gone fast? I just looked and it has been a bit over 3 months since my last blog! In that time, I haven't done a whole lot of travel but I've still managed to get quite a lot accomplished anyway. After my 27 hour flight back, landing at 6am and going straight work (mental note: never again), unsurprisingly it took me a little while to recover. But over the next month I managed to get a flat sorted with Ben as we scored ourselves a very cool 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom bachelor pad with great views over the city of London. As winter strengthened its grip on London over the following months, I was kept fairly busy with Hapkido, watching Leeds all over the UK, gigs, and a guys stag weekend to Dublin ... read more
Gatwick Airport
Fes
Palace gate




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