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  • Day6

    Morocco Day 6

    October 17, 2018 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    Off by 8:30 for a long day of travel with Erfoud, the gateway to the Sahara, as our destination. Raining in Fes but weather expected to get better as we head South. Very interesting morning drive. First stop was in the Mid-Atlas Mountains, elevation around 6,000ft. Irane is a mountain ski town with A-frame sloped roofs for the snow as in Switzerland and Austria. Very busy place in the winter with Moroccans from the lowlands who want to enjoy winter sports. A walk around town to stretch our legs and a quick stop in a café for some take out tea and pastries. Second stop was in a National Park where the monkeys come out of the forest at this time of year to feed and prepare for winter. Here we also heard about the cedar forest, 2nd in size to the largest in the world in Lebanon. Morocco is learning how to protect the trees for future generations. Cedar is used for much of the building in Morocco, especially the wooden balconies we saw in the Fes Jewish quarter. Last stop before lunch was Zaida, a small town know for its meat (lamb, goat, and camel) and currently, the center for the apple crop distribution. Landscape this morning changed from the city, to the mountains, and now in the wide fertile valley before we drive over the High Atlas Mountains and into the pre-desert after lunch.
    Lunch of fresh trout today from the lakes nearby (farmed), but good. An afternoon of driving in the High Atlas, up to about 8.000 ft. Then a long stretch of flat plains until we reached Errachadia- the largest City in SE Morocco. A brief stop for bathrooms and stretching our legs. About 30 minutes before Erfoud, we arrived at an oasis. Amazing – arid rocky desert all around and this wide green space around a river bed filled with date palms. Runs ~100 miles!!!
    Arrived around 6:30PM at Hotel Chergui in Erfoud – a large very touristy hotel with lovely grounds. Buffet dinner and an early evening.
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  • Day5

    Morocco Day 5

    October 16, 2018 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    Today is an “Optional” day on the tour. The optional tour goes to Volubilis, an UNESCO world heritage site for its Roman ruins and Meknes, also a UNESCO site, the onetime home of a 17th C Moroccan Sultanate – Moulay Ismail. After some indecision, I decided to join the tour for the day. Day started rainy and cool.
    After a drive through farmland and rolling hills we arrived at Volubilis. In comparison with other Roman ruins I have seen, these are very well-preserved, down to the details to the Corinthian columns. The primary reason that the ruins are so well-preserves is due to a 1755 earthquaw in Lisbon, Portugal that did damage as far South as Morocco and covered the remains all at one time. Thus the ruins did not withstand the weather elements for all of those years. Excavation started in the 1920s and is on-going, sporadically, today. Several good maps at the start of the walk: one at of showing the extent of the Roman Empire (picture attached) and the other showing the size of the current excavated area in comparison to the much larger portion of the site that is still covered. A very worthwhile experience, especially because we were outside walking for a couple hours!! 😊
    Lunch in Meknes and an afternoon of learning about Moulay Ismail, his huge palace and grounds. A sultan in the 16th-17th C, First stop at the beautiful main gate of the palace with massive intricate mosaic designs. The large square across from the palace gates had a great market, seemed to specialize in tagines – all shapes and sizes. And on the pavement in the middle of the square were 2 separate sets of 2 guys with snakes running around them!! One played the music from afar and was a snake charmer. I did not get real close as snakes are not my favorite reptile. A bus ride around the palace and its different section with a stop at the immense granary and horse stables of Moulay Ismail. This sultan was not one of the “good guys” but was a friend of Louis XIV of France and brought French architects in to build the granary. He lived to be 92 so ruled a long time and was constantly preparing for war.

    An evening in the riad. We stopped at a grocery store and stocked up on cheese, crackers and nuts for snacks. So cocktail hour in our room with Marsha and Judy, then down to the rest of the folk cocktail hour in our dining room. Dinner was Bstella and very good. Jeannie and I need to learn how to make. Early finish to pack and prepare for 9 hour bus ride tomorrow
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  • Day13


    April 20, 2014 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Am Nachmittag erreichen wir Meknes, 1063 gegründet und von Moulay Ismail im 17. Jh. in den Rang einer Königsstadt erhoben.

    Konsequenterweise besuchen wir auch die Grabmoschee des Moulay Ismail, eine der wenigen Moscheen Marokkos, die auch Nichtmuslime betreten dürfen.

  • Day5

    Ankunft in Marokko

    October 30, 2017 in Morocco ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    Mit einer Stunde Verspätung heben wir ab in Frankfurt, Schuld war der Sturm der vergangenen Nacht. Nach einem ruhigen Flug Ankunft 15:45 Ortszeit. Fahrt zum Hotel myriem. Als Stadthotel ok, vorallem sauber und ordentliche Betten. Abendessen im Rahmen der HP auch gut. Das Frühstück reicht aus für den Start in den Tag.

    2. Tag 30.10.17
    Schockwecken durch Christa, so schnell wird man wach...jedoch Fehlalarm...ihr Handy hatte sich selbst wieder umgestellt. Also hatten wir genug Zeit für das Frühstück. Abfahrt um 7:15 Uhr, heute liegen ja knapp 500 km vor uns. Nach ca. 2 Std der erste Stopp an einer Raststätte, wo wir unseren ersten köstlichen, frischgepressten O-Saft in einer wunderschönen Gartenanlage genießen. Nach einer halben Stunde geht's weiter. Nächster Halt ist ain asserdoune eine weitere grossläufige Gartenanlage mit kleinen Wasserfällen. Für ein Gruppenfoto werden wir gleich 10 dirham los, einen solcher Stundenlohn wäre traumhaft. Nach einer halben Stunde waren alle Fotos geknipst und nachdem wir Beni Mellal durchquert haben, halten wir an einem Hotel zum Mittagessen, natürlich mitten in der Pampa. Wir haben das Paket nicht gebucht und von unseren noch reichlichen Vorräten etwas verputzt. Ein kleiner Rundgang dir die Hotelanlage und schon sitzen wir wieder im Bus. Durch karge Landschaft mit kleinen grünen Oasen fahren wir in den nächsten 2 Stunden in den mittleren Atlas. An einem Rasthof konnten Fossilien erworben werden, das Teilstück bis Fes zog sich wie Kaugummi.
    Entschädigt für die lange Fahrt wurden wir mit dem sehr schönen Hotel Royal Meridian. Ein kurzer Bummel über den Champs elisee von Fes verkürzte uns die Zeit bis zum Abendessen.
    Nach einem Absacker am Pool erholen wir uns von der langen Fahrt in den schönen Hotelzimmern.
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  • Day3


    January 19, 2017 in Morocco ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Meknès (mazirisch ⴰⵎⴽⵏⴰⵙ Ameknas, arabisch مكناس, DMG Miknās) ist eine Stadt im nördlichen Marokko mit rund 600.000 Einwohnern. Sie liegt in der Region Fès-Meknès am Fuße des Mittleren Atlasgebirges. Ihr Name leitet sich vom Berberstamm der Miknasa ab, der den Ort ursprünglich besiedelte. Die gesamte Altstadt von Meknès wurde von der UNESCO im Jahr 1996 in ihre Liste des Weltkulturerbes aufgenommen.Read more

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