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Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Meknes April 5th 2019

Little and lasting is better than much and passing ~ Moroccan Proverb HE SAID... Today we were travelling south from Volubilis to Meknes. After wandering the windblown ruins of Volubilis in the late morning, we jumped into a taxi and headed to the imperial city of Meknes. We’d passed through the city the day before on our way to Moulay Idriss, but our experience had been limited to the train station. We only had a few hours to explore the city this afternoon before continuing on to Fes, so we were hoping the weather would hold out. The dark rain clouds that had been threatening at Volubilis were becoming more and more ominous… It was raining by the time we arrived. We dropped our packs in the storage room of a local hotel, jumped back into ... read more
the waterman
heri es-souani complex - granary
heri es-souani complex - granary

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Volubilis April 5th 2019

Endurance pierces marble ~ Moroccan Proverb HE SAID... Today we were travelling northwest from Moulay Idriss to Volubilis. We emerged from the steep narrow lanes of Moulay Idriss around 9:30am, piled our packs into a waiting taxi and made our way towards the archaeological site of Volubilis, a mere 10 minute drive from the intriguing hillside village we loved so much. Once a distant outpost of the Roman Empire, Volubilis is located in the middle of an agricultural plain, and we soon discovered we were at the mercy of strong winds that amassed incredible force as they made their way across the flatlands of the Fertassa and Khoumane valleys. There were times I could barely stand, which made it difficult to hold a steady camera for photos. I couldn’t help but question Rome’s logic as we ... read more
volubilis ruins
volubilis ruins
volubilis ruins

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Moulay Idriss April 4th 2019

If one tells you the harira is cold, tell him to put his hand in it… ~ Moroccan Proverb HE SAID... Today we were travelling east from Rabat to Moulay Idriss(via Meknes). After our whistle-stop tour of Rabat, we made our way to the train station in the mid-afternoon. We rugged up against the city’s icy wind as we waited on the platform, then piled onto the train when it eventually pulled into the station. We had tickets with seat numbers, but the ticketing system is not followed on Moroccan trains, so people sit wherever they can find a spare seat. We stood for a while until people got off, then grabbed their abandoned seats before they were seized by someone else. As families became fractured across multiple seats, tempers flared and angry words were exchanged, ... read more
ren's favourite donkey benny/brahim
our riad
khobz, olives and taktouka

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Meknes March 11th 2019

Meknes, Alto Atlas, Morocco January 2019 “When you do something, if you fix your mind on the activity with some confidence, the quality of your state of mind is the activity itself. When you are concentrated on the quality of your being, you are prepared for the activity.” Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind Beginner's Mind “The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” Michelangelo “Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.” Salvador Dali “Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure the inner perfection of his own personality.” Albert Schweitzer Meknes (33.89352 -5.54727) is located in northern central Morocco close to Fez and is one of the four Imperial cities of the country. It was established as a military site by the Almoravids in the 11th cent... read more
Master furniture maker
Tile artisan at work
Wood carver at work

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Meknes February 11th 2019

Enough of relaxation, it’s time to move on. Today’s highlight is Volubilis, the remains of a Roman city just outside Meknes. It started life as a Berber town, expanded and developed when the Romans, under Claudius in 43AD, annexed the province of Mauretania Tingatana and made Volubilis its capital. The Romans left in around 286AD but the town continued to be occupied long after the Romans left. A lot was destroyed in the great Lisbon earthquake of 1755, and it fell into disrepair when it was abandoned, but the French excavated and restored some of it and it’s now a Unesco World Heritage site. Once again, we haul our luggage through the alleys of the medina to where Hassan is waiting on the road for us. It’s very misty again, and remains so for all but ... read more
The Capitol at Volubilis
Volubilis Capitol and Basilica
Bath in Volubilis villa

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Midelt September 14th 2018

Greetings from Midelt, Morocco, as I enjoy a gin and tonic and paprika flavoured potato chips. We have a couple of hours to rest in our room here at the Hotel Taddart before dinner at 8 pm. We had another leisurely breakfast this morning at our riad, and left about 9 am for our drive to Midelt, with various stops along the way. Our first stop was in Ifrane, a small town located in the Middle Atlas mountains. It was built by the French in the 1930s, deliberately to look like an alpine resort. The town, at an elevation of 1,664 metres, gets lots of snow in the winter and is a skiing area. It was markedly cooler in Ifrane, compared to Meknes, due to the elevation. We had a coffee, and a WC break, and ... read more
Ifrane
Susan with lion sculpture in Ifrane
Arabic stop sign in Ifrane

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Meknes September 11th 2018

Travel is the only thing that you buy that makes you richer- Anonymous Greetings from our riad in Meknes, as I sip my gin and tonic, waiting to meet the group shortly for dinner. Last night we met our fellow travellers and trip leader Abdul, who we all love. We are: eight from Australia (John and Barb from Sydney, Greg and Wendy from Queensland, Matthew and Nicole from Sydney, Jeff and Kathy from Brisbane - originally from Canada), two Americans (Linda and Annie - sisters from Chicago), and Susan and I. We had the usual meeting then walked to Les Fleurs restaurant for dinner. There were tourists there (including the Intrepid tour group that leaves Casablanca the same time as us), but there were lots of locals there too. I had a really tasty couscous with ... read more
Lori at the Hassan II Mosque
Lori and Susan
Close up of some of the exterior Mosque decoration

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet May 5th 2018

Wieder ein Tag mit wenig Kilometer aber Millionen Kurven. War die Straße geteert? Am Anfang und Ende. Gab es Brücken? Meistens. Schöne Aussicht? Immer. Verkehr? Nix. Bergrutsche? Straße unterspült? Regelmäßig. Wegweiser? Keine. Navi hilflos. Es war also auch noch spannend, den Weg zu finden. Immer wenn ich zu einem Bach runter kam, wurde es interessant - Brücke oder nicht? Paul wurde zickig. Das rote Licht leuchtete auf. Das bedeutet stehen bleiben und BMW anrufen. Ersteres tat ich. Ölstand und Temperatur ok. Telefon hat sowieso kein Signal. Als ich den Motor anließ, war das Licht weg. (Gleiches später nochmal. ) Öldruck? Nächster BMW Heini in Rabat. Ich würde gerne nach Europa kommen. In Südspanien waren viele große MR unterwegs. Übernachtung im Ibis Meknes, was natürlich schwachsinnig ist. Es gibt so viele nette, kleine Hotels.... Aber ich bin ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Meknes May 5th 2018

Heute war wieder Zu-Fuß-Tourist angesagt. Die Altstadt ist gleich nebenan. Wieder stellte ich fest, dass die Medina ein undurchdringliches Gewirr von Gassen ist und man manchmal nicht mehr heraus findet... Es war ärgerlich, weil alle Sachen, die ich besichtigen wollte, wegen Bauarbeiten geschlossen waren. Aber dafür sah ich Teile der Stadt, die sonst nur wenige Touristen sehen. In Marokko herrscht offiziell Gleichberechtigung der Frau. Gesetzlich. Schafe hüten ist reine Männersache, nur im Süden sah ich zweimal Frauen bei den Herden. Das waren garantiert Witwen, die einfach kein Mannsbild für diese anstrengende Arbeit auftreiben konnten. Die Männer liegen dann auf der Wiese und schauen meditativ in die Ferne. Oder es stehen drei Männer zusammen und hinter ihnen fressen fünf Schafe. Dass dies ein Knochenjob Ist, liegt auf der Hand. Und es ist rührend, dass die Frauen sich ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Merzouga May 10th 2017

The next stage of our trip in Morocco was a four day trip from Fes to Marrakech via the Atlas mountains and the Sahara desert. Day One - Fes to Merzouga via Ifrane, the Atlas mountains and Midelt We were picked up from our hotel in Fes at 9am; we walked out of the medina, hopped in the car and set off towards Ifrane. On the way out of Fes we drove past plantations of fruit trees and farms. The scenery changed as we got further from Fes and after after about an hour and a half we arrived in Ifrane which is in the Middle Atlas mountains. Ifrane is known as the 'Switzerland of Morocco' as it is a resort city known for its nearby ski resorts. Apparently 85% of the properties in the town ... read more
Day One - Barbary monkey
Day One - Barbary monkey
Day One scenery




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