Casablanca, MoroccoMay 16, 2016 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C
Took a private car to Casablanca airport from Marrakech this morning. 2.5hr drive. Cost us 325MAD each. What a bargain.
Heading off to Dubai this arvy.
We are back in Marrakech to end our trip with the group. Has been a great trip and would recommend Morocco Encompussed with Intrepid.
The weather is sunny in Marrakech this time unlike our last time here 8 days ago.
Went to the Majorelle Gardens and the Berber Museum that is within the grounds. Lovely place and the Beber museum is good to though I was really pleased we visited this place after our tour as I think we had a better understanding of the Berbers by then and could relate to the locations they lived/live in.
Went to the henna cafe to have lunch and get henna done. They did a great job and I recommend goig.Read more
What a nice place this is. Staying at a riad called Chakir in the Medina. It is a really nice place and close and handy.
Did a tour with the group and guide of the city, this was a good experiance.
One of the places we went and had a drink at and I highly recommend is Taros near the water. We sat on the very top and wathced the sunset. It was cold and they gave us ponchos to wear which obviously encouraged us to stay longer. The beer was on the dearer side but not unreasonable. The atmosphere was great with live music playing as well.Read more
Spent a night out in the Sahara. We got taken out by 4 x 4's on a 1.5hr drive to reach the camp. Thank God we purchased headd scarfs before we went we needed them. We had windy weather and it blew the sand up. Before we headed of though, we took an hour long camel ride. This was fun and interesting. We needed our headscarfs for that to.
The sunset was beautiful. We climbed the dunes from the camp and watched it sink. Headed back to camp and had dinner. Our accomodation for the night was woolen tents and the beds were suprisingly comfortable.
Watched the sunrise next morning, had breaky and headed off again in the 4 x 4's. Two hour drive to a differnentRead more
Arrived in Zagora today pretty late in the arvy after what seemed to be driving all day. We did a couple of stops though and looked out over the Atlas Mountains and we also stoped at a super market. We seen plenty of date palms once we crossed the mountains. They follow the river that used to go all the way through the Sahara and out to the see before they dammed it about 30 years ago.
The hotel we are staying at tonight is a real pearler. It is like an oasis. Not sure of the name of it.
Tomorrow we are heading off to our Sahara camp and will be traveling most of the day.Read more
After a 6 hour journey from Aroumd, we arrived at Ait Benhaddou. It is a kind of desert oasis which is located on the barren edges of the Sahara. This place or rather the kasbah features in the movies Laurence of Arabia, The Jewel of the Nile and Gladiator.Read more
Left Marrakech this morning and headed off on the bus up into the Atlas Mountains. Got to a point and then treked up the hill for about and hour and a bit. We had to cross a mountain stream as it had been raining the few previous days. The trek was step going but we stopped relativley frequently to catch our breaths. The air was thin and a little hard to breath but we got used to it. We got to the giat and had a welcome moroccon tea and nibbles. Some of the group headed up for a 4 hour trek. We stayed behind and walked around the village and enjoyed what sunshine we could find and get out of the wind as it was very cold.
There was snow up in the high mountains still and we were here in Spring.Read more
Arrived in Marrakech after traveling on the overnight Marrakech express from Tanger. Inntersting trip. Recomend earplugs and a eye mask for sleeping as well as wet wipes as the toilet facilities are not the place you would liketo freshen up. Pack some snacks to if you get hungry as the food and drink cart is pricey, but you would expect that to be the case.
Walked to the medina to have a look around. Got lost. Had a great burger in one of the smaller squares off the edge of the souk. Walked around that afternoon and a hail storm came over. Apparently this is not usual and it certainly was interesting for us. Later that evening at dinner there was a hail storm again. Too cool.
We visited the Ben Youssef Medrasa. Was an Islamic college and was the largest medresa in all of Morocco and was built in the 14 century.
There was a runaway horse and carriage in the square this afternoon which we missed but by the look of it I reckon the people that paid for that ride would have got more ride than they paid for. The two stalls it crashed into were still shut the next day.
Did a bike ride this morning which went for two hours. Think it was a little overpriced but the highlight for me was the riding through the traffic. That was interesting. We stopped for fresh squeezed orange juice in the square at stall 35. No ice and still cold.
Had a quiet afternoon at the hotel La Caspian were we are staying. We have 4 people leaving our tour but we have two new ones joining us from Australia for the second leg of our Morocco Encompassed trip with Intrepid.Read more