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En las arenas del Sahara – A goodbye post for Morocco.

My dear friends, this post is different. It is a little treat, especially for all those who speak Spanish. We have a very special lady in our group. Her name is Nubia. She is from Colombia. Spanish is her first language and she enjoys writing poems in that language. Nubia …

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From Fès to Tangier – our last day in Morocco

Hello everybody, thank you again for all your comments and for nice feedback I am getting from many of you. Today, Wednesday, July 15, was our last day in Morocco. Six hours on the bus + some sighseeing. Here are some highlights: 1. Volubilis. The Mauritanian capital, founded in the …

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Fès: tanneries and Islamic art

This is what Fès is famous for – Chouwara Tanneries. Fès has been associated with the traditional craft of tanning since at least the Middle Ages. Visitors cannot enter the tanneries but can watch the action from balconies overlooking them. Hides from cows, camels, or goats are first cleaned, then soaked …

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Fès: another imperial city

Fès, Morocco’s oldest Islamic city and third largest after the capital Rabat and the commercial hub Casablanca, is a 1,200-year-old living museum of historic Hispano-Arabic culture and architecture that blends harmoniously with the cosmopolitan edge it has enjoyed for centuries. Ceremonial Palace in Fès. Medina in Fès is the largest old town …

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Fès: people and donkeys

This is a special post for my daughter Barbara who asked me to take some pictures of people and donkeys in Fès. Barbara is the person who set up and helped me with this blog, she is my own graphic designer. Thank you Basia for your help, here are some pictures …

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On the road again…

Monday, July 13. A very long drive to Fes. Here are some highlights of the day: 1. A very long oasis: 2. A rather large lake: 3. Driving through the mountains – Middle Atlas 4. Lunch in a Kasbah, it looked like a castle: 5.Lovely towns and minarets: 6. Nomads …

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Sunrise in the desert

Hello everybody! We are in Mazouga, right in front of the Sahara Desert. On Sunday, July 12, we woke up at 3:45 and began our camel ride around 4:30. We wanted to see the sunrise in the desert. Here is a series of pictures from that incredible morning: Climbing this …

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Underground water channels

A qanāt is a gently sloping underground channel with a series of vertical access shafts, used to transport water from an aquifer under a hill. They create a reliable supply of water for human settlements and irrigation in hot, arid, and semi-arid climates. In southern Morocco, the qanat known as …

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Berber towns and villages

All pictures of this post were made during our drive from Ouarzazate to Erfoud. Today, I would like to show the style of architecture of the Berber people, the Indigenous Non-Arab population of North Africa. The majority of Berbers, 10.4 million, live in Morocco (40% of the population). This amazing …

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Ait Ben Haddou – a World Heritage Site

Here is a picture from the bus. It shows how the Berber people live today in the Atlas Mountains. Yesterday, on Friday, July 10, we had a chance to see Ait Ben Haddou a very old Berber village.  You can find Ait Ben Haddou easily on this map, near the …

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