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Mark and Alison Nolting in Morocco - "Toes in the Sahara Desert"

- Thursday, January 04, 2018

Morocco! Contradictory and beautiful - a land where medieval and modern blend together to delight the senses. Mark and Alison Nolting and their two sons, Miles and Nicholas, spent the Christmas and New Year holiday in this magical country. Enjoy their pictorial trip report.

 

First day in Casablanca

 

Mega mosque

 

Imagine Miles and Nick feeling small

 

Habous area

 

Dinner in the medina at Sqala

 

 

Arrived Marrakech

 

Marrakech square Djemaa el fna

 

Walking into the souks in Medina

 

  

Sardines .. whiffs

 

                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mellah area with spices

 

       Palais Bahia

 

 

Jardins majorelle - Yves st Laurent home

 

 

Arriving at our hotel - in the Medina and kasbah


 

 

                 Traditional hamman spa - haha Mark and I had the scrub down!   The hotel entrance - Riad La Sultana


 

Departing to Ait Benhaddou today

 

 

Out and about in Gueliz having lunch at Grand Cafe de la Poste


 

 

On the rooftop of fashionable El Fenn looking towards Atlas Mountains where we going next 


 

A handsome Seville orange in the garden of La Mamounia

 

 

The two tag alongs did 8 hotel and riad inspections today


 

Stunning views enroute to High Atlas

 

 

 

                                                                         Our wildlife sighting - mountain goats              Tagines viande on the menu tonight                                     Berber figs

 

 

 

                                                                       F inally here at the Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou


 

 

 

                                                                  Many movies made here including Game of Thrones


 

 

 

                                                                                        Entering a Kasbah                                     Given the key to the door

 

This was a major stopover for the camel caravans bringing salt, gold etc from    Niger & Mali and meeting the spice and silk nomads from the North

 

 

 

Today we visited Quarzazate and Skoura Oasis

 

 

Kasbah Taourirt was an old Pasha home


 

 

 

Feeling like we in a movie with all the film studios around

 

 

 

                                                                                            An old German canon given to the Pasha - boys and their toys.

                                                                                       The local guide Aziz gave a great tour

 

 

Down in the Skoura Oasis valley

 

 

Winding down olive grove road to Kasbah Dar Ahlam


 

 

 

 

                                                                                                              Another inspection                                               Great guest relations who grew up in the oasis


 

 

                                                                                           Overripe dates for picking                                                                  Piscine at Alkababba


 

 

                                                                                                     Deux piscine at Dar Arhlam                                                            Invitation for Moroccan tea

 

 

Setting sun on New Years Eve

 

 

 

 

Ringing in the New Year with a show at our Riad Ksar Ighnda

 

 

Absolutely brilliant time visiting Tinghir, Erfoud, Merzouga and our Sahara desert camp

 

 

 

Valley of Roses

 

 

Fertile valleys around every mountain pass  

 

 

                                                                                               Berber girl portrait                                                    Berber Mums posing at the Gorge near Tinghir


 

 

A nomadic Berber and her herds 


 

 

 

                                                                            The donkey taxi                                                           Choosing our camel to ride into camp

 

 

                                                                                                   Full moon rising as we arrived                                           A half hour later and the mood was epic


 

 

 

Some desert harmony

 

 

 

Our caravan of camels to do the sunrise ride and we watched the moon dipping down too

 

 

                                                                                                                                 Desert Bandits!


 

 

 

 

Well worth the 7 hour winding drive to have the classic pose the next morning!

 

 

Possibly fennec fox?

 

 

Our final countdown - in Fez

 

 

The Meeting at the Palace gate - late in traffic so missed our appointment by a few minutes with King Mohammed VI


 

The Bab Bou Jeloud - Blue Gate entrance into old Medina


 

 

 

Medersa Bou Inania - where they stayed and studied in 13th century. Merenid architecture


 

 

University of Al Karaouine - oldest university in the world dating back to 9th century

 

                                                      Fondouk Nejjarine museum - the merchants stayed here overnight to barter                      Selling walnut bark - use as a lip balm

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                               Ceramic workshop Art Naji                                                      Serrafine souk - pounding brass and copper

 

 

                           Silver teapots - mint flavor rules 


 

The souq has three tanneries - the Choura is oldest

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                   A new appreciation for Medina doors


 

 

 

                                                                                                         Escargot soup - smelt so delicious                                          Saffron couscous - off to dinner at Riad Fez

 

 

Nourdine was our guide for the day - very interesting with all the history facts

 

Buying cherimoyas - delicious sweet and juicy fruit from Peru. The favorite of our guide


 


 


 

 






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