Monthly Archives: January 2015

Agadir

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Arriving just as the sun was setting after about 3 hours on the bus, the beach stretched out before us. We are staying at the Al Moggar Club Beach hotel complex. I don’t think I’ve holidayed in one of these before, for whatever reason. This one is straight out of the sixties or early seventies. I think there was an… Read more »

Essaouira

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Thankfully, no sitting on a car yesterday. Time to wander around Essaouira. Leisurely lunch. Much more laid back than Marrakech. A long walk along the beach heading south, wandering through the dunes in the return, and the villages of Daibet, once visited by Jimi Hendrix allegedly, although he seems to have left nothing of note behind. In all, the wanderings… Read more »

Talhouet

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A very long day in the minivan, 12 hours in total. Back through the Draa Valley, Ouarzazate and up through the mountains, this time taking the valley from Ait Ben Haddou up to Talhouet at 1800 metres. Dry and dusty would be a good description, more of a mud track near the top, along with remnants of snow and ice…. Read more »

A Night in the Desert

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We grabbed a few extra layers to fend off the cold and climbed about our trusty steeds. I think mine was broken, as it made a very strange bellowing and gurgling noise, accompanied by what appeared to be most of its guts coming out of its mouth like a balloon. Charming. The other two camels were much more lady like…. Read more »

Gorge de Dades, and some Sand Dunes

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Heading down the other side of the Atlas Mountains and alone the valley floor to Dades Gorge. The hotel was very nice and comfortable. The gorge has very high sides (about 300 metres) and we spent half an hour walking through the gorge which was extremely pleasant. The rest of the day was spent driving east towards Merzouga, where we… Read more »

Leaving Marrakech

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Our last day in Marrakech, we walked into town again to finalise details for our trip over the next four days, across the Atlas Mountains to the edge of the Sahara. Expect contrasts including snow and ice on the pass, and sun and sand in the desert. Expect lack of Internet for a few days, then we are heading to… Read more »

The Souks of Marrakech

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We are the only residents of the hotel, but yesterday a couple of Brits turned up in a campervan, so we swapped travel tales over dinner. They suggested sharing a taxi into the city today, but decided in the end to have a domestic day, as they’d been touring for weeks and the van looked a bit sorry for itself…. Read more »

Marrakech

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Walking into the denture of the city and the main square, a hustle and bustle of people selling all sorts, but probably quiet compared to the busier months. We found a good restaurant for lunch, agreeably priced and with a view over the market stalls. Having been up for long and walked quiet a bit with backpacks, we decided to… Read more »