Larry Gorman

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Larry Gorman

I'm a retired firefighter who, after my January 2009 divorce, decided to become a fulltime RVer so I could see the USA. Since the beginning of The Great Adventure in March 2010, I have seen most of the attractions on my American bucket list, save attractions isolated in massive urban areas such as New York City or San Francisco where convenient RV parks are virtually non-existent. The last ten years have been phenomenal and have allowed me to spend at least one week in all fifty states, but it is now time for Phase 2 of The Great Adventure. I’ll be heading to Europe in March 2020, and will be assuming a less nomadic lifestyle after my return to the US in Fall 2020. Since I will be embarking on a series of thirteen group tours of from 6-14 days with (in most instances) 2-4 days between tours and will be meeting lots of new and interesting people, I will be very busy. I have an idea of how I want to disseminate information about my European adventures but am not sure of exactly how the end product will unfold. At a minimum, I will do my best to pass along my location and a few pictures, and I hope to do so in a timely fashion.



Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Aït Benhaddou May 16th 2022

"We bid fond farewell to Todra this morning en-route to Ait Benhaddou via Ouarzazate. We will stop to buy lunch along the way and have a chance for an optional tour of the Film studios in Ouarzazate, famous for films such as Gladiators, The Last Temptation of Christ and the Living Daylights. On a hill along the Ouarzazate River we find Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site that boasts great examples of Kasbahs, some of which remain inhabited. This afternoon we have a guided tour of the famous Kasbah and village. This is where Lawrence of Arabia was once filmed. Overnight Ait Benhaddou (Breakfast & Dinner included).“... read more
En Route to Ouarzazate, Morocco
En Route to Ouarzazate, Morocco
En Route to Ouarzazate, Morocco

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Todra Gorge May 15th 2022

"Leaving the desert, we move on to Todra Gorge. This 1000-ft gorge is hemmed in on all sides by vertical limestone cliffs and is also called Morocco’s Grand Canyon. We will have a stop at the Berber co-operative where you can see and buy authentic, Berber handmade rugs, kilims and carpets. The afternoon can be spent exploring the Gorge, walking through the Palmerie or trying our optional activity of Rock Climbing. The charm of Todra lies in its changing colours as the sun slowly moves from east to west. Overnight Todra Gorge (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included).” BLOGGER’S NOTE: I opted out of the walk to the gorge from the hotel. By now the tour guide had seen what exertion did to this former smoker; and I was, gratefully, told that the hike was somewhat strenuous. ... read more
En Route to Todra Gorge – Tinghir, Morocco
En Route to Todra Gorge – Tinghir, Morocco
The I Don't Remember Restaurant - Aït Hani, Morocco

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Merzouga May 14th 2022

"Excitement is in the air as we head towards the mighty Saharan Dunes. En-route we stop off for an optional lunch and in the summer, we may even have time for a relaxing swim. It is then time to head towards the great desert dunes of Erg Chebbi in Merzouga where we transfer to our camels and trek into the vast Sahara Desert in time for sunset. We then return to our authentic Berber Camp on the edge of the desert to spend the night enjoying local food, music and an amazing night out under the Saharan stars. Overnight Berber camp (Breakfast & Dinner included).”... read more
En Route to the Berber Camp – Merzouga, Morocco
En Route to the Berber Camp – Merzouga, Morocco
En Route to the Berber Camp – Merzouga, Morocco

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Midelt May 13th 2022

"This morning, we journey over the Moyen Atlas to stop at Midelt. This is a beautiful alpine area. Surrounded by huge pine trees and a tranquil mountain setting, this is a great spot to cool down and relax after the hustle and bustle of Fes. We will enjoy a small hike in the afternoon. We spend the night in this mountain location. Overnight Midelt (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included).”... read more
Ifrane City, Morocco
Ifrane National Park, Morocco
Ifrane National Park, Morocco

Africa » Morocco » Fès-Boulemane » Fes May 12th 2022

"Today, we embark on a fully guided tour of the city of Fes. Explore the tanneries, souks, potteries, and the Medina, and learn the fascinating history of the city. We'll later return to the hotel to get ready for an optional night of Moroccan entertainment and food at a restaurant in town. Overnight Fes (Breakfast included).”... read more
Fez City Tour – Fez, Morocco
Fez City Tour – Fez, Morocco
Fez City Tour – Fez, Morocco

Africa » Morocco » Fès-Boulemane » Fes May 11th 2022

"Enjoy some free time in Chefchaouen this morning - spend your time exploring this beautiful city or relax at the hotel. We’ll then enjoy a leisurely lunch in Chefchaouen before moving on to Fes in the afternoon. Fes is the oldest and largest medieval city in the world, and its medina is a heady mix of aromas, sounds and sights. To navigate, follow one of the five, themed tourist circuits. There are plenty of mosques and palaces to visit but be aware that only Muslims can enter Mosques in Morocco. Overnight Fes (Breakfast included).”... read more
Hotel Madrid – Chefchaouen, Morocco
Hotel Madrid – Chefchaouen, Morocco
Hotel Madrid – Chefchaouen, Morocco

Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen May 10th 2022

“After breakfast, we’ll embark on a tour of the Roman ruins at Volubilis, the largest ancient site of Morocco. UNESCO-listed, the site dates back to AD40 and was once the city that ruled the entire Roman province of Mauritania. We’ll then head on to Chefchaouen for a guided tour this afternoon. High up in the Rif mountains, Chefchaouen boasts a beautiful blue door and white-walled medina that was originally a Berber post. The main square is the heart of Chefchaouen, with the Kasbah (built back in the 18th century), central mosque and cafes with authentic menus. The busy market is a mix of traditional Moroccan and tourist fare. Overnight – Hôtel Madrid, Chefchaouen (Breakfast included).”... read more
Roman Ruins at Volubilis, Morocco
Roman Ruins at Volubilis, Morocco
Roman Ruins at Volubilis, Morocco

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Meknes May 9th 2022

"After breakfast we head straight to Rabat, Morocco’s capital city where we will spend the morning visiting the Oudaia Kasbah, Hassan tower, the Royal palace and Chellah. After lunch we will move on to the third of our Imperial cities, Meknes, to enjoy some free time. Overnight Meknes (Breakfast included).”... read more
King’s Palace - Rabat, Morocco
King’s Palace - Rabat, Morocco
City Wall - Meknes , Morocco

Africa » Morocco » Grand Casablanca » Casablanca May 8th 2022

En-route this morning we travel up to Casablanca, made famous by Humphrey Bogart in the film “Casablanca”. We will have the option of visiting the stunning Hassan II Mosque, which has the tallest minaret and the third largest mosque in the world, it can hold 25,000 worshippers at any one time. Overnight Casablanca (Breakfast & dinner included).“... read more
Hassan II Mosque – Casablanca, Morocco
Hassan II Mosque – Casablanca, Morocco
Hotel Restaurant – Casablanca, Morocco


TOUR 1 – Morocco Encompassed– 15 Days; Nomadic Tours; SAT, 7 MAY 2022 – SAT, 21 MAY 2022 My first accompanied, group tour is a 15-day trek that begins and ends in Marrakech, Morocco. This is the only tour that is the same tour as I had planned in 2020, with the exception that I had planned to pick up the full tour on Day 2 in Casablanca, Morocco. After the folks from Nomadic Tours had cancelled the tour and then learned of my isolated plight, they remained in contact with me to assure my welfare up until the time I reached London, England. Even though my tour money had been promptly refunded (vs. a ”voucher for future travel”), this “above and beyond” concern for my welfare during my crisis generated a sense of loyalty to ... read more




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