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20th May 2020
Ait Ben Haddou

The colours of Morocco!
These colours and this part of Morocco it more strongly etched in my memory than most others. Such a glorious setting! Your food descriptions had me drooling... and your photos are beautiful :)
20th May 2020
Ait Ben Haddou

The colours of Morocco
Hi Ren & Andrew, thanks for your visit and nice comments! The beautiful colors of various sights in Morocco are something I think I will never forget!!
9th May 2020

haphazard patterns in their hurry or furry
Some of our most vivid memories are the images locked in the brain of chaotic traffic in exotic locales, near accidents but collisions miraculously avoided, taxi rides holding our breath on the edges of our seats. Sometimes if we are is preferring to stay in the hotel to catch our breath, the balconies are our view...cos without it we will ever wonder what we missed out on.
10th May 2020

haphazard patterns in their hurry or fury
Hi Dave, I can remember a few taxi rides like that too -- definitely on the edge of our seats!! LOL!!
9th May 2020

Marrakesh
I'm glad you've made it to Marrakesh because I'd booked a hotel there but never made it, so I'm really looking forward to you telling me what I missed. I can just imagine that roundabout. How do they manage in places like this without colliding with everybody - Not for me these days. Some great pictures again already Sylvia.
9th May 2020

Marrakesh
Thanks for visiting and the nice comment, Malcolm. Shame you never made it Marrakesh. I can tell you that of the "big cities" we visited in Morocco, it was the most interesting in my personal opinion! We really enjoyed it! I really didn't expect the amount of traffic we saw here, yet it did all seem to work very well!! But the noise... wow!!
9th May 2020

Marrakesh
A city with many faces. Part of the city is charming and other places seems like a circus. We enjoyed our time in Morocco. Thanks for taking us along.
9th May 2020

Marrakesh
Thanks for continuing to follow my Morocco blog. Marrakesh definitely does seem like a city of contrasts. I was surprised to see the very modern side of it such as the Gueliz area we stayed in. With Marrakesh's continued growth and the influx of millions of tourists each year, I guess it's to be expected.
9th May 2020

I like your view!
Like you I would enjoy watching the traffic below and I also really like the huge mural! A shame in a way though that you didn't get to stay in a riad in the old town. I'm looking forward to reading your impressions of the sights of Marrakesh!
9th May 2020

I like your view!
Thanks for continuing to follow my Morocco blogs, Sarah! Funny what things draw your attention -- Rick liked watching the traffic even more thank I did. Although Opera Plaza Hotel lacked the Moroccan decor which I really like, it was extremely comfortable and was only a fairly short taxi ride from the medina. Luckily, we spent our last 2 nights in Morocco in a beautiful riad inside the city walls of Essaouira which I really enjoyed!!
9th May 2020

Nothing wrong with a quiet night in ....
It just set you up well for the sensory overload of Marrakech that was to come!
9th May 2020

Nothing wrong with a quiet night in ...
Thanks, Lesley!! That's so true! Sometimes I needed the rest more than I would like to admit. I was overwhelmingly tired some evenings for the first week and couldn't even lift a pen to journal!! Thank heaven for photos and memories!
28th April 2020

Good remembrance
I liked last couple of lines regarding remembering only the good things of the travel. I also follow the same, though my travels are in my home country, India. Thanks for the excellent coverage of Bulgaria especially the Cultural and Architectural aspects.
28th April 2020

Good remembrance
Bharat Kadge, Thank you for your nice comment. We enjoyed visiting Bulgaria very much. There is quite a lot to see and do there and well worth a trip to visit it. I hope you may get the opportunity to visit there one day!
24th April 2020

Without noise
What a great name for a town. Allows one to immerse in the colours and humanity that is the heartthrob of this Moroccan town and filter out unnecessary noise to embrace why it has its name. How wonderful you could have that opportunity Sylvia.
24th April 2020

Without noise
Thanks, Dave! A great name, indeed! I'm not so sure it's really without noise now with all the tourists, but it is a very unique place to say the least!
23rd April 2020

Better on a bus than a camel
I was with you all the way on this one Sylvia as I followed your route on Google Earth. Ait Ben Haddou certainly looks a place I would cerainly enjoy exploring. It's a shame you didn't have more free time to do just that, but those paintings and the view must have gone some way to make up for it. Driving through the pass also made me wonder what it would have been like to travel through here on a camel. The mind boggles as to how people managed to survive in an environment like this without any permanent home, but presumably that's how the Berbers like it - or at least did. A thoroughly enjoyable read - and some great photos again as always.
23rd April 2020

Better on a bus than on a camel
Thanks, Malcolm! I'm not sure how much else there was to see in Ait Ben Haddou other than the architecture and some unique finds in that regard. Just having a bit more free time would have been nice. We always rushed to get back to meeting points on time because we didn't want others to think we were being cavalier with time but often we were the first ones at the meeting point and should have taken more time for ourselves, LOL! I also thought about the hardships that camel caravans encountered -- the hard climbs, and going from the cold mountains to the sun-scorched deserts, maybe little food or water along the way too. The Berbers seem to thrive in harsh conditions and revel in being "free men," nomads attached to no one place. Though our guide said there were only about 30,000 +/- who now lead this life style. Thanks again, Malcolm!
22nd April 2020

A heavy load
I love photos like this.
22nd April 2020

A heavy load
The trucks going through this pass were loaded down with all sorts of cargo -- a modern motorized caravan!!
22nd April 2020

Yet more happy memories!
We didn't have time for even a hurried climb to the top of Ait-Ben-Haddou (issues with our guide - a long story but well-documented in my own blog!) So I loved seeing your photos from there, although like you I would have been frustrated not to be able to wander the side streets and take more photos. It's a shame your group wasn't just given some time to explore at your own pace. We saw an artist working in sugar like this too - he was near the foot of the hill, was yours? If so it may have been the same guy! I remember the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass well and we stopped at the same highest point as you did, although only to take photos. The term 'technical stop' is new to me - is it one of your own or is it a common US euphemism, like 'bathroom' or 'washroom'? We would just say 'loo break' or 'toilet stop' or similar! A shame about the road works but at least you had time for a brief intro to Marrakesh before getting to your hotel. I'm keen to hear more about the latter as your tour company seems to have come up with some gems! Were you in a riad in the old town? Or a modern hotel on the outskirts? We've gone for a riad on both our visits as we like to be in the centre of things but I get the impression your tour group was too large to make that possible.
22nd April 2020

Yet more happy memories!
Thanks for your visit, Sarah! I, for one, would have liked more time to explore Ait Ben Haddou, but everything is a trade-off -- in other places we had a good amount of free time. And, I'm sure others in the group felt they had seen enough of it. I would have taken a few more minutes to explore on my own if I'd known that others in the group would return late due to mobility issues or getting lost. The 'sugar artist' we saw was about half way up the climb if I remember correctly. "Technical stop" is a polite term our guide, Larbi, used for bathroom breaks, but these breaks were nearly always scheduled for places that were also cafes or similar so that we could buy hot or cold beverages, snacks, etc. I loved being able to order a nous nous (like a cappucchino) in some of those places. Water was always available to us on the tour bus. Really didn't mind the delay on Tizi-n-Tichka Pass but I should have made better use of the free time! In Marrakesh we stayed in a modern hotel across from the Opera/Theatre, but in Essaouira we stayed in another beautiful riad. We paid a bit more for this tour because it was quite comprehensive, included more excellent activities as you will see, and had a maximum of only 22 people on it most of which got along together very well. Also, basic airfare was included in the excellent price, though we upgraded.
22nd April 2020

Magic Morocco
Another great chapter in your Moroccan travels. What a comprehensive tour you had - and your memory for all you saw and did is phenomenal!
22nd April 2020

Magic Morocco
Thanks for your visit and nice comments, Lesley!! As you know, I loved our trip to Morocco and would gladly go back to see even more! Possibly the only thing I have a good memory for these days is travel because I love it so much!

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