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Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Essaouira April 27th 2009

DAY 11-12 We leave the valleys of the High Atlas Mountains and head westward toward the windswept Atlantic Coast and the old fishing town of Essaouira, about a 5 hour trip. The name Essaouira means image, and this is very appropriate since the city has a lot a charm and very distinct and picturesque areas. We embark on a city tour with a local guide: The harbor, the beach, the Medina, the souks, and many famous musicians have called this place home for a time, especially in the 60's, from Jimmy Hendrix to the Rolling Stones. They even have an area that they call the “Hippie Place”. Orson Wells has a park named for him as he premiered a movie in the name of Morocco and won an award, the first and only for Morocco. This ... read more
ALWAYS  HAVE YOUR PROTECTION IN ORDER
LONG LINE FISHING BOATS
FRESH CATCH OF THE DAY

Africa » Morocco April 27th 2009

DAY 10 --SORRY OUT OF ORDER DUE TO LACK OF INTERNET ACCESS-- OR BECAUSE WERE BLONDES ON HOLIDAY--TAKE YOUR PICK Today we journey over the spectacular Tizi nTichka Pass (2260m) to the scenic Toubkal National Park about a 5 hour journey. We are leaving the area of the Kasbahs and the Sahara and passing over the desolate high altitudes of the Tichka, before traversing some lush valleys and winding our way to the end of the road at Imlil. We store our large packs and take day bags up for the night in the peaceful village of Aroumd. In order to get up to the Mountain Home (Gite) we load our gear onto mules and hop a ride up the steep and winding terrain of the mountain. The mules are used to the travel but we ... read more
happy trails to you
get along little doggy
RIDING THE EDGE

Africa » Morocco April 27th 2009

DAY 9 Oh my goodness. Fran has stiff legs. Bit of shuffling going on. Angie is okay as her pace was a bit more slower. Today, we travel south for about 4 hours in the private mini van to the Kasbash country of Ait Benhaddou. The drive is filled with ruins of ancient Kasbahs that were once colonial military desert outposts. The scenery is that of austere mountain, wide open spaces, valleys of palm tress and irrigated fields. The homes are mud houses and the people are poor. We eat lunch in Ouarzazate and get to visit the Atlas Movie studio. Many American and foreign films have be made here. Lawrence of Arabia, Black Hawk Down, Jewel of the Nile, Gladiator, The Passion of Christ, and and currently getting ready to remake the movie Ben-Her and ... read more
EAT YOUR HEART OUT MARILYN MONROE
A WANABEE ?
DENNIS THE MENANCE

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Todra Gorge April 26th 2009

DAY 7 and 8 We board our mini bus and head off to Todra Gorge; about a 4 hour drive. The landscape changes from sand dunes to rocky dry rolling hills to lush valley then to mountains. (We later rename it Torture Gorge) We stop at a place where they manufacture items from stone with fossils in them. They make beautiful table, sinks, and various small items. Very expensive. Angie buys a small stone fossil and a small gypsum crystal piece. Fran bought a small polished fossil stone. Our hotel is nestled in the palmeries and built upon the mountain side. The staff here are very young and friendly, very good looking young men!! They like to joke around - by asking for our passport when we went to get towels, or telling us they sold ... read more
TREKKING THE GORGE
ANGIES STALKER
TODRA GORGE

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Merzouga April 24th 2009

DAY 6 We take a fantastic drive this AM about 5 hours towards the mighty Sahara Desert. We see the rocky mountain to lush palmeries (valleys with date palms, fields and orchards.) Our excitement builds as we see the huge sand dunes in the distance that get closer and closer to the right of us but on the left there is a storm building with dark blue clouds and lighting in the distance. A contrast for sure - certainly we did not expect to have rain in the desert. Our destination is a small village of Merzouga. We no sooner pull up to the Kasbah and a sand storm hits us as we run for cover. What an unexpected greeting. We are stowing our luggage here and only taking our day packs with us on our ... read more
SAHARA UNDER THE RAINBOW
CAMEL CARAVAN
LOOK NO HANDS

Africa » Morocco April 23rd 2009

DAY 5 We are once again traveling by private mini van up to the Middle Atlas Mountains (about 4 hours) and the area is populated with nomadic shepherds attending to their flocks. We travel through cedar forest and saw the Barbary Apes, North Africa's only monkey. We travel through the scenic valley between the Middle and the High Atlas ranges. We stopped for tea/coffee in a very modern European Swiss village that caters to the Moroccan Winter Ski Season. We stopped just outside the town of Midelt in a very remote but beautiful hotel that was fashioned after a small castle but a typical Moroccan Kabash. This area is the apple capital of Morocco. We had apple jam for breakfast. We took a short walked out on the rocky plain and in the distance could see ... read more
Monkeys Monkeys Everywhere
MOROCCAN FLAG AND FRAN
WE HAVEN'T TRIED GOAT YET

Africa » Morocco » Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer » Rabat April 18th 2009

DAY 2 We take the train to Rabat this morning about 1 hour. The good thing is we have paid a little extra about 2-3 dollars more to travel 1st class, that only means we have a seat and don't have to stand all the way there. We took our food with us - things that we bought in the market yesterday - strawberries, raspberries and dates. We played GIN and Francine won most of the games. We ate lunch at a restaurant that had a lot of local character with very good food, we had turkey brochettes and veggie tajine. We walked through the crowded Medina and the souks but not time to do any shopping, our guide is practically running. They were selling everything, There were large bowls of green and black slime, goo, ... read more
RABAT MEDINA
RABAT FORTRESS
FRANGIE

Africa » Morocco » Grand Casablanca » Casablanca April 12th 2009

Hello everyone, My flight here was full of surprises to say the least. My flight to Chicago was fine and I sat with a person from lancaster. My flight to Rome was late and I missed my connection in Rome. So I was rerouted to Milan then on to Casablanca. A five hour delay but better than the 10 hour delay that they first suggested. A little whinning never hurt!! My flight to Rome was interesting because the lady next to me was from Albania and she spoke a little English so within 2 sentences I learned that her 29 year old son had committed suicide and that she was heart broken. I tried to console her and for the next 2 hours she has gotten a photo album out of her son and we cried ... read more
Yum Yum
Pita Bread Olive & everything
And if we get really desparate

South America March 29th 2009

HELLO EVERYONE!!! WE ARE ON OUR WAY ONCE AGAIN. BUT BEFORE WE GET INTO THAT--HOW ABOUT A REVIEW OF THE LAST TRIP. WE DIDN'T SEND ANY PICTURES OUT WITH OUR EMAILS AND WITH COMING HOME WITH OVER 5000 PICTURES IT WAS A LITTLE OVERWHELMING TO SAY THE LEAST. BUT FOR THE NEWBIES, THE OLDIES AND JUST PLAIN FORGETFUL FOLKS, FRANCINE AND I STARTED OUT IN THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS AND MAINLAND ECUADOR FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE ADVENTURE WITH THE SEA LIONS, TURTLES, TORTOISES AND TEXANS. THE YOUNG COUPLE FROM ENGLAND WERE DELIGHTFUL AND THE 3 CO-WORKERS FROM ENGLAND ON HOLIDAY WITHOUT THEIR WIVES WERE A REAL HOOT. (BIRD WATCHERS - THEY WERE) AND I FOUND MYSELF LOOKING AT BIRDS DIFFERENTLY AND WITH A GAINED RESPECT ( FOR MY NECK MUSCLES) THEN OFF TO THE AMAZON JUNGLE FOR 3 ... read more
AMAZON
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