Morocco

Fes: Slices of Time

Fes

Morocco

April 21, 2013

Dear Family and Friends,

The Medina in Fes is probably the world’s largest contiguous car-free area. 

The medina is a neighborhood of about 9000 narrow streets where people live and work and go to school. The tour guide doesn’t let us out of his sight for a moment.  If I get lost, young boys are available for a “small fee” to lead me out of the maze!

Merzouga: The Dunes at Erg Chebbi

Auberge du Sud

Erg Chebbi
Merzouga
Morocco

April 23, 2013

 

My Dear Fellow Travelers,

It was a looong van drive from Fes to Merzouga.  Here in the desert we are scheduled for a shrt camel ride over the dunes of the Sahara. 

A camel ride?   Done that a couple of times.  Not my favorite activity. 

I decided to plant my boots in the sand and admire the scenery from ground level. 

 

Jan

Southern Oasis: Kasbah

Kasbah Ait ben Haddou

Skoura

Morocco

April 26, 2013

Aït Benhaddou is a fortified city along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. It is situated in Souss-Massa-Draaon on a hill along the Ounila River and is known for its Kasbahs, although they take damage with each rainstorm.

Most of the town's inhabitants now live in a more modern village at the other side of the river; however, eight families still live within the ksar.

Southern Oasis: Shrine, Oil, Gorge and Goats

Essaouira

Morocco

April 28, 2013

“Well, you don’t see that every day!”

Here is a sampling of a few in I saw in Morocco:

* The sheer walls of a gorge.   Todgha Gorge, Tinehir.  That’s not me climbing of the rocks.

** A shrine and gardens dedicated to the Prophet Jesus in a Muslim country. 

*** Jan grinding nuts from the argan tree to make oil.  Argan Oil.  Good for whatever ails you.

Essaouira: The Portuguese

Essaouira

Morocco

April 29, 2013 

Dear Friends and Explorers,

King Henry the Navigator and Vasco da Gama (1460 – 1524) might not be as well known as Ferdinand and Isabel and Christopher Columbus. But surely the Portuguese King and Captain are significant figures in navigation, exploration and conquest during the Age of Discovery. 

Like his Spanish counterparts, King Henry of Portugal (1394 – 1460) never set sail anywhere.  Instead he sponsored and encouraged his Captains to “discover” new lands and return with boatloads of treasure. 

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