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  • Day25

    Camels

    July 11, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 37 °C

    Drove from Fez through the Atlas mountains and cedar forest to the Sahara desert. We stopped to see the cute monkeys and saw the fossils. The landscape was surreal. We then took a camel ride through the dunes to our Berber tents. Went sand duning then had dinner. Had a drumming show and joined in with dancing and drumming.Read more

  • May15

    Aït Ben Haddou

    May 15, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    After a few attempts we managed to negotiate with one of the many many taxi drivers outside the bus station in Ouarzazate to take us to Ait Ben Haddou where he would wait for an hour before bringing us back.
    We'd heard a lot about this place, an 11th century stopover for caravans along the trade route. It is included on pretty much every tour which goes through or close to the region so we thought we'd better check it out.
    It is hard to tell how much is original after Unesco and hollywood have each done restorations but the place is suprisingly undeveloped with little tourist information and only the usual few souvenir stalls in the alleys, not necessarily a bad thing. It is a maze of mud brick buildings which has been used in the filming of a long list of movies.
    After this short visit we headed south towards the Sahara, just short of the Algerian border.
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  • May17

    Erg Chigaga - Sahara desert

    May 17, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 39 °C

    The only way to approach the campsite in the desert was by 4 by 4. Our host/guide, the cook, the driver and the two of us got in the car at 4pm when the sun wasn't that strong anymore (well the temperature was still 40+). 2 hours later we arrived at our campsite which could have held many more people in some big tents and mud houses but as it turns out May is already out of season in the desert so it was just the two of us, fantastic and romantic! While our dinner was cooked we walked around the dunes, watched the sunset, had some tea and nuts and watched some youtube videos of video clips which were shot at the dunes with one of the guy's phone, well it was a bit random but funny. After some lovely tajin (suprise, suprise) we watched the stars and the moon which gave so much light that we could see our shadows. The sand cooled down on the surface but if you dig with your fingers a bit further down you can still feel how hot it was.
    The next morning we woke up at 6:15 as we were advised that the sunset is at 6:40 well as it turns out it was probably around 1,5hours earlier but the the colours and shadows were still beautiful on the sand. On the way back we checked out a tiny school built for nomadic families in the middle of the desert to educate their children. As only a couple of families still follow this lifestyle the school doesn't operate anymore. Another stop later was at an oasis with camels and donkies, Tom started to feel a bit sick which carried on all day not sure if it was some food or the heat, luckily we didn't plan anything further so we just stayed at Mhamid to relax.
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  • Day8

    Hump Day

    December 18, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    I will not lie. I was not 100% into riding a camel. That changed when I saw the desert. I just wanted to run into it. I also did not realize the camels are tied together. I had visions of being on a wild camel that would run me away from the pack. That did not happen.

    The ride itself was not very long but pretty darn cool. The sunset was amazing.
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  • Day8

    The Longest Drive

    December 18, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    We always knew that December 18 was going to be a shit travel day. The estimated drive time was 10-11 hours and we left Fés at 6:30am. We were to have a nice lunch stop along the way. The end of the journey was a sunset camel ride at the hotel.

    Well it is December and it can snow on the Atlas Mountains. (Who knew?) The day before they shut down the roads over the mountain range because of heavy snowfall. We left at 6:30 hoping the roads would be open by the time we got there. They were not. 2 roads both closed. We got coffee and got in the line. The wait was not too bad. I watched the last 30 minutes of Bridgette Jones and we were off slowly after that. It was slow moving as traffic was backed up and there were no double lanes. We were doing well until another closure.

    At one point we were 2 hours behind schedule, which is usually not a big deal. However we were schedule to watch the sunset on camels so we had a window.

    With limited stops, eating lunch quickly, everyone holding their bladder and a crazy driver we made it! There were a few moments on the windy roads where I thought we may die but obviously we did not.

    The drive was pretty spectacular. We went from snowy mountain town, to what looked liked the drive from Vegas to Phoenix, to parts that had shale rock, to super flat and desert like, to lakes and rivers and valley and trees. It was pretty cool to see so much in what is really not that long of a distance.

    The coolest scenery of the day was driving to the edge of the desert. The dunes do not look real. Like a painting. As of right now they are the highlight of the trip.
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  • Day29

    Zagora Camp Paradis Touareg

    February 16, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Heute sind wir knapp 100 Kilometer nach Zagora gefahren durch die Berge, zurück in die Zivilisation. Eine tolle Landschaft 👍Beim Fahren wir es sehr windig, der Sand tanzte auf der Straße und bildete kleine Sanddünen, wie, wenn es bei uns schneit. Unterwegs hätte ich bald einen kleinen runden grünen Mosaiktisch gekauft aber er war mir dann doch zu teuer. In Zagora mussten wir wieder ca. 200 Meter rückwärts fahren, da wir nicht um die Kurve kamen. Unser Navi Programm ist ganz gut aber leider kann ich unsere Wohnmobildaten nicht eingeben. Irgendwas ist immer... Aber alles ging gut und ein Marokkaner brachte uns zu einem Campingplatz, wir wollten zwar woanders hin,aber egal... anschließend noch im Ort Brot und Getränke gekauft, der Ort ist ganz hübsch. Aber Schmuck und Teppiche brauchen wir nicht, obwohl ich hübsche Sachen gesehen habe... Morgen geht's weiter nach Quarzazate, dort werden Filme gedreht.Read more

  • Day8

    De Tinghir à Ouarzazate

    November 1, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Depuis Tinghir’ nous montons dans une des gorgées les plus fameuses du Maroc, les gorges de la Todra, un défilé très étroit ( 30m au plus fin) bordé de très hautes falaises de plus de 300m, paradis pour grimpeurs qui peuvent choisir parois au soleil ou parois à l’ombre selon leurs envies : au soleil c’est un peu genre barbecue !!
    Nous traversons une petite palmeraie avant de remonter les gorges avec un guide local. Heureusement il n’y a pas trop de monde sur la route qui traverse les gorges et les gros bus touristiques sont encore couchés. Après cette visite cap sur Ouarzazate en traversant la fameuse vallée des roses, en Avril plus de 7000 tonnes de pétales sont récoltées, distillées ensuite pour produite de l’essence de rose, 7 tonnes de pétale pour un litre d’essence !
    Avant Ouarzazate nous visitons la kasbah de Skoura, une vieille demeure très rustique avec un petit musée permettant de comprendre les conditions de vie dans ces lieux.
    Arrivée en fin d’après midi à Ouarzazate et visite d’une coopérative artisanale de tapis où les femmes tissent et perpétuent les traditions , ceci avec l’aide du gouvernement qui prend en charge les locaux et le magasin de vente. Évidemment on a craqué pour quelques pièces et sans marchander par respect pour le dur travail de ces femmes, deux à trois mois de travail pour faire un tapis de très belle qualité.
    Nous arrivons à notre étape du soir , un très beau riad à l’extérieur de la ville, vue sur le lac et l’Atlas au loin et grand calme
    Plouf dans la piscine pour les enfants afin de conclure la journée
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  • Day20

    Ein Abend mit Sternen

    December 27, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    Wie versprochen bekommen wir nach dem Abendessen eine Astronomische Führung.

    Oben auf dem Hotel gibt es mehrere verschiedene Teleskope. Teils mechanische und motorisch betriebene.

    Auch Private Hobby und Professionelle Astrologen haben hier Ihre Teleskope stehen.
    Selbst die USA beobachten von hier aus den Himmel nach Satelittenschrott.

    Zuerst erklärte Patrick, Belgier der seit 5 Jahren in Marokko lebet und 5 Sprachen spricht, uns die Funktion und Bedienung der Geräte erklärt. Dann den Sternenhimmel. Heute ist nach seiner Meinung aber die Sicht nur 4 von 10.

    Für uns ist es trotzdem sehr beeindruckend. Für Photos war es etwas schwierig.
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  • Day23

    Cafe du Sud, Tag 1/1

    December 30, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Gefrühstückt in den Sanddünen, so kann der Tag beginnen.

    Weiter ging es 12 km zurück zum Cafe de Sud.
    Auf den gleichen Platz wie vor 3 Jahren.

    Nach einem Spaziergang in die Dünnen bekamen wir einen Begrüßungstee im Hotel.Read more

  • Day19

    Sahara Sky

    December 26, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Hinter Zagora geht es zu einem Hotel mit Observatorium. Betrieben von einem Deutschen, Fritz Koring, den haben wir auch direkt kennengelernt. Und klein ist die Welt, er hat bei Bayer gelernt und in Opladen gewohnt, quasi ein Nachbar.

    Nachdem Abendessen gibt es eine Führung mit Sterne beobachten. Wir sind gespannt.

    Neben dem Hotel gibt es eine kleine Sanddüne. Die Berber haben uns natürlich direkt angesprochen ob wir Kamel reiten wollen. Wir sind dann lieber zu Fuß auf die Dünne.
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