Sixteen Reasons to Visit Marrakech the Red

Marrakech really needs to be experienced to be believed. One of the four imperial cities of Morocco, along with Meknes, Fez and Rabat, Marrakech has another name – Marrakucsh Al Hamra – Marrakech the Red – a name originating from it’s incredible red earth walls. Courtyard of the Saadian Tombs. We’d not been to Africa […]

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Essaouira: A working fishing port.

Essaouira is a laid back Moroccan fishing port and tourist town.  Jimi Hendrix spent a little time there back in the day (1969) when Essaouira was just a blip on the hippy trail. Maybe it was the fact that he died the following year, that kept Jimi alive in the collective memory of the town.  […]

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Fantastic Friday Moroccan Father and Son

The bus trip from Marrakech to Essaouira was a pleasure.  We were never sure what to expect of buses but this one was excellent. The temperature outside was in the 40’s, so the air-conditioning was most welcome. There was one person to a seat and the seats were comfortable – two bonuses in one! The […]

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Fantastic Friday: Join me for Coffee with a View

Q.  Why is today a Fantastic Friday? A.  Because it is coffee time. So put on the jug – make a cup – and join me on the balcony with a view of – The High Atlas Mountains, Morocco Enjoy your coffee – and the View. FIND MORE FANTASTIC FRIDAY POSTS HERE! IF YOU HAVE […]

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Fantastic Friday – 15 Reasons to Love a Camel

  They are warm (they can change their temperature to suit the air temperature) and furry. Their bellies slosh when they scratch them. They have Attitude – a haughty “couldn’t care less” attitude in fact. They moult and their coat falls off in pieces that makes them look ridiculous. Their soft feet spread out so […]

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Marrakech to the Dunes of Erg Chebbi – The Sahara (Part 5)

In the late afternoon, we cruised through the empty streets of Merzouga, 560 km inland from Marrakech in Morocco.  Box like earthen houses lined the meagre streets that lead to our rendezvous point on the edge of the Erg Chebbi dunes.  The Dunes of Erg Chebbi. Waiting on the unexpectedly fine black soil were our […]

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Marrakech to the Dunes of Erg Chebbi – Tale of two Gorges (Part 4)

Oh Good – there you are – Time to get this Journey back on the road. As we left Ait Ben Haddou we were caught in the vortex of the mother of all whirlwinds,  that had tourists and locals alike hiding their heads anyway and anywhere they could.  I hugged the closest palm tree, tucking […]

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Marrakech to the Dunes of Erg Chebbi – Ait Ben Haddou (Part 3)

Ait Ben Haddou is a ksar (fortified village) on the ancient caravan route that linked Sudan with Marrakech.  I toyed with the idea that those camel caravan traders that passed through were the very same ones that stayed in the lodgings we were shown in the MARRAKECH SOUK.   The thought of the trade-laden camels crossing […]

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Marrakech to the Dunes of Erg Chebbi – Argan Oil and Mountains (Part 2)

Still in the High Atlas on our Journey from Marrakech to Erg Chebbi, we ripped pieces from round bread and dipped it in Argan Oil – mmm – nutty oily goodness.  In the past, the nuts were picked and processed from goats’ droppings (urgh…).  Luckily for us they are now most likely harvested directly from the […]

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Marrakech to the dunes of Erg Chebbi – Atlas Mountains (Part 1)

Day 1 of a three day return TRIP to the dunes of Erg Chebbi, sees us leaving Marrakech in a Prado 4WD.  The distance of 562 km is estimated to take 9 hours when driven direct, but we would be using this outward bound portion of the trip to looks at things along the way, incorporating […]

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