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Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Ouarzazate September 18th 2018

You know more of a road by having travelled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world- William Hazlitt We had a much better start to the day this morning! There was sufficient hot water for me to shower, and I managed not to flood the bathroom this time. The breakfast was much improved, as was dinner last night. Last night we had a cooked Moroccan salad (rice and assorted veggies), bread, olives, and a quite tasty vegetarian couscous, all washed down with a small bottle of rosé. Plus fresh fruit salad for dessert. I was very stuffed. Breakfast was that same tasty pancakey pastry, with apricot jam, a boiled egg, really nice baguette, yogurt, and good strong coffee. We headed off about 9 am, for a short drive to a rose product ... read more
Cute fake storks nest on the roof of the Ksar Kaissar
Abdul helping Susan through the mud
Local helping me through the flooded road

Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Ouarzazate January 7th 2018

Ouarzazate situated South of Morocco. It draws it's Berber name Dumot. It is often the stop of predilection for tourists on their way towards the doors of the Sahara. Most of them stopover to supply provisions for their travels to the desert. You can surely plan one day or two in the city, You can find many hotels for accommodation and benefit from the traditional food locals offer. It is worth the turning. The town's popularity are the cinemas sites which are present here. Their are films like Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars, and Gladiators which where turned here partially or in their integrality. Some of my pictures evokes the atmosphere of this city. Enjoy the ride.... read more
Ouazazate city
Village nearby
Date trees

Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Ouarzazate July 15th 2015

Today we have booked a full-day tour up over the Atlas Mountains to the town of Ouarzazate and the fortified city of Ait Benhaddou. We get a wake-up call at 6.30am. It feels very early. We are picked up in a van by our guide and driver whose name is Abdul. Also on the tour are two young Americans. Issy is prone to car sickness so she asks if she can sit up the front with Abdul. The Americans are in the middle, so I climb into the back seat. The first part of the drive is through flat, fertile looking country with lots of irrigation channels. We cross a couple of very wide rivers which don't have much water in them, and almost look a bit out of place in the dry landscape. Even outside ... read more
Issy with Ahmed.  He has wandering hands.
Atlas Mountains
Berber museum

Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Ouarzazate May 24th 2015

As we stepped off our camels at the Merzouga camp, we had been greeted with an idyllic scene - pretty ornate lamps laid out in front of the camp like lights along a landing strip, rugs covering every square inch of ground between the tents, white tents standing side by side with beckoning flaps. Awakening the next morning we found an entirely different scene. I was the first to try to leave our tent, and could not initially get out even after unzipping the flap. As it turned out, our particular tent had been ideally situated to catch the blowing sand during the storm, and our hosts had stopped a lot of sand from coming in by tying a large rug up in front of our tent, weighted down by sandbags and heavy cushions at the ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Ouarzazate March 2nd 2014

Ouarzazate and AitBenHaddou from 08/06/2013 to 09/06/2013... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Ouarzazate January 25th 2014

Sidi Ifni rested quietly at the coast. The town had its own airport in the middle of the city. One day a week there is a big market on the runway. Close by the sea the menu was traditional Morrocan tajine with fish. And we had nice tajine served in the nearby hotel at a price of 45 DH, approx 4€. The cost of living is next to nothing for europeans. And the further south we have been, the cheaper. The people outside of the tourist areas are even more friendly. They help you with anything you ask. We try to use their services for all our needs, and in that way support the locals. Our tour along the coast to Aglou past Milfest is a area where they collect honey, with the locals selling honey ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Ouarzazate March 24th 2013

24-25 mars Avec ses 79 000 habitants, Ouarzazate est la plus grande ville de la région. Les touristes y affluent pour s'y booker des tours de jeep ou de dromadaire dans les dunes d'Erg Chigaga un peu plus au sud. Devant moi, des bus de tours organisés ou des 4X4 passent mollement, les uns après les autres, sur la rue principale Mohammed V (encore) pendant que je mange un croissant à "La Vache qui Rit" sur une terrasse ensoleillée. Les commerçants et les restaurateurs deviennent vos amis très rapidement ici: "Vous êtes français?", "Canada Québec?", "Belle montre!", "Quelle marque votre casquette?" ... Toutes les techniques sont bonnes pour attirer les acheteurs potentiels dans les cavernes d'Ali Baba des détaillants de cossins. C'est que la concurrence est forte ici. Quelques bronzés arrivent à tour de rôle depuis ... read more
Casbah Aït Benhaddou
Plat de tajines
Casbah de Taourirt

Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Ouarzazate October 4th 2012

We left the campsite in search of supplies, in pouring rain. Which luckly didn't start till all the tents were packed away and all that was left to do was pay the man. We then headed back to Zagora as it seemed a fair sized town so might have a supermarket or marjane, though looking at the book these are only in the really big places like Fés or Tétouan. So we stopped at a small general store and picked up some more bottled water and fizzy drinks, plus a few extra items. One of these being chocolate mouse, which I had for Dessert tonight. While there a guy who owned a small tailors walked me down to his shop and fitted a dessert turban and top. After a bit of haggling I bought them and ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Ouarzazate » Tinghir October 1st 2012

In the morning, at first light I finally managed to get the bike out and go for a cycle. This was good and bad, good because it was a really nice time to be cycling as the roads were quiet and the valley looked amazing. But bad because I ahd forgotten about the altitude we had reached, plus the up hill was a killer, but once at the top the veiw was excellent, just like the high speed ride back down. The rest of the day made a slow start to the day as I tried to dry my washing, which had sat in the tub for a bit too long. So while Mark and Alan had a walk around the town and its shops I hung the washing out. This only partially dried it as ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Ouarzazate January 23rd 2012

Het ontbijt was vanmorgen pas vanaf 9 uur, dus konden we uitslapen. Aangezien we de enige gasten waren kregen we na het ontbijt een verplichte rondleiding langs de kippen uit Mexico en Canada, de schapen en hond. Esther mocht een jong lammetje de fles geven. Na een bezoek aan het terras en de moestuinen gingen we op pad. Een kleine jongen had zoals hij zelf zei op onze auto gepast langs de weg, dus gaven we hem een paar Dirham. De weg van vandaag voerde over de Tizi-n-Tichkapas naar de andere kant van de Hoge Atlas. De weg is in de jaren 20 van de vorige eeuw aangelegd door de Fransen en is de belangrijkste en enige doorgaande weg van Marrakech naar Ouarzazate. De weg voerde omhoog door de vallei, langs dorpjes, riviertjes en veel scherpe ... read more
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