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Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Boumalne Dades February 5th 2019

Today we’re off to the desert. We set off north east, on a good, straight road running through the usual arid landscape. The route is the main rose growing region of Morocco, which comes alive in spring when the roses flower and production of rose water and other products is in full swing, but right now the bushes are bare and the shops all closed. Well, except for one which has opened up specially to accommodate yet another coach party of Chinese tourists. We take a couple of detours to visit two famous gorges which are, picturesque but don’t live up to their billing as the “Moroccan Grand Canyon”. The Dades gorge has finger like rock formations, while the Todra gorge is an impressive deep slash through the rock. We’re let out of our vehicle to ... read more
Dades gorge
Todra gorge
Ancient irrigation system

Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Agadir October 24th 2018

I wouldn’t be having the full tourist experience in Morocco if I didn’t ride a camel, I thought. Up at the top of the mountain where the original city of Agadir was located before a massive earthquake levelled it in 1960, there were young Berber men offering camel rides to visitors. Not the authentic riding-through-the-bleached-sand-dunes-of-the-desert kind of camel ride; but the short-walk-down-the-asphalt-road-and-then-back-up-again kind of camel ride. Tourist camel ride extraordinaire. No complaints though. Believe me, I felt the history when that camel stood up. Being near to that huge animal with big, blue eyes and then perched up high upon his back - and I mean, wa-a-a-ay up high on his back - felt sensational! I immediately imagined what it would be like to travel extreme distances in this way. It’s not a smooth ride, but ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Agadir October 22nd 2018

Sometimes I stay awake after everyone has gone to sleep so that I can reflect on my day, or even life in general, in peace. That is what I am doing right now. I’ve been in Agadir for four days now and I’m feeling pretty settled in. I really like this city. Aziz had to leave today and that just sucks. He is such an enjoyable person to travel with. Like Hassan, he has spent the majority of his life living outside of his native country; and so he has a very wide perspective of the world. He gets me and my Caucasian ways. I get to be where I am the most comfortable with Aziz and Hassan: one of the boys. They don’t think it’s weird that I prefer to hang around with men in ... read more

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 » El Kelaa M'Gouna September 17th 2018

Travel is glamorous only in retrospect – Paul Theroux We got up about 6:30 this morning, to be ready for breakfast at 7:30, so we could leave at 8. I got my clothes out, put the shampoo etc in the shower in preparation for the shower I was very much looking forward to having, turned on the tap … nothing. Umm, isn’t there supposed to be water coming out? It started trickling out, then gave up entirely. The tap in the sink also gave up so we were completely waterless. I had a quick rinse at the Sahara camp, but that was it so I really wanted a shower this morning. Susan called Abdul to tell him about the lack of water, and we checked to see if nearby empty rooms had water. No luck. One ... read more
Berber kids
Our driver Lahssan
Donkey with corn

Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » El Kelaa M'Gouna September 16th 2018

I am typing this in our room at the Ksar Kaissar hotel near M’Goun in the Rose Valley. We switched from our crappy small room to a crappy larger room. We passed thousands of kasbahs today (extended family homes) and so we made a joke with our fellow travellers about this subpar hotel and that surely, in this land of 1000 kasbahs, we couldn’t find a better place to stay. Of all the kasbahs in all the world, we had to stay in this one! Anyway, despite the crappy hotel, we have had a great last few days. After we left Midelt we had a fairly long travel day working our way to our desert camp in the Sahara. We continued travelling through the Mid-Atlas mountains, heading to the desert. We went through hilly terrain where ... read more
Street scenes - school
Roadside scenes
Abdul at the Nazala market

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 » Agadir December 26th 2017

Dnes ma caka presun na letisko al massiravzdialene neakych 10km od mesta. Na bus stanici ctm kupujem listok na 10/30 bus smer predmestie agadiru, inezgane. Ranajky si davam v blizkom obchodiku, opat rodinny podnik, otec predava a syn miesto skoly robi poskoka. Po jedle uz len cakanie na bus, najskor prichadza jeden, ten nie je moj, potom dalsi, nosic batoziny hovori,ze ani toto neni moj ale predavac listkov vravi opak. V buse len 4 ludia, batozina opat hore, pri predaji listka mi chcel nanutit aj batozinu dole ale opat som povedal carovne slovicko petit (maly) a bolo to. Inak batoh uz mam fakt maly, som kopu veci vyhodil : cca 4 pary ponoziek, 2 dlhe tricka, topanky a jedny trenky (nie neboli osrane) Za mestom opat pauza na odpocivadle, tu prichadzaju dva busy plne vojakov ale ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ December 22nd 2017

Noc v celku fajn, konecne nebola zima. Ranajky uplne na smich. 1ks mandarinky, 1ks vajicka, 1 pohar caju, 1 mini jogurt a jedna mini placka. A to ,ze maju byt superb breakfast, hahaha Najdeny normalny obchod kde kupujem vodu uz za 5dh, hned pri ubytku doprava a ulicka dole. Pri ranajkach pokec s cechom co tu je uz skoro tyzden, pred tym bol len v marakesi ale ten sa mu moc nelubil, moc hlucny. Chceli ho napalit na pomarancovom dzuse kde pytali miesto 4dh az 40dh, jasne,ze sa nedal. Navstivil tam a jtie garbiarne a chvalil sa aky tam spravil super nakup. Kabelku zjednal zo 600 na 200dh. V minulosti robil umele skaly po zoo v cz aj na svk, neskor ho prevelili na robenie vytvorov pre deti, to ho prestalo naplnat tak s tym sekol. ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ December 21st 2017

Vymotovama sa okolo 8/45, na recepcii este nik ale tentoraz som uz zaplatil vcera. Inak ubytko mozem odporucit, maju aj fajn terasu. Vonku na ulici zasa problem s jedlom, nikde nic az skoro pri bus stanici ma odchytava zenska a uz do seba tlacim tradicne marocke ranajky. Chleba omacany do olivoveho oleja a to vsetko zalievane cajom. Na bus stanici opat stacilo povedat agadir a uz si ma odchytil nadhanac. Platim mu 200-kou, nema vydat, na zadok listku mi pise cislo, ktore mi ma vydat. Po par minutach prichadza k nemu druhy nadhanac, nieco sa dohaduju, beru mi listok ten trhaju a davaju mi novy listok, tento mi uz ma vydat ale len 100-ku, este mi dlhuje 40dh, to zapisuje na druhu stranu lisku. Taketo zapisy robi viacerym ludom. Tesne pred odchodom mi dava peniaze, batozinu ... read more




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