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From Dades Valley and Todra to Skoura and Ouarzazate – Morocco

23 Jan
Skoura: kasbah in the palmeraie

From the Todra Gorges to the Dades Valley Short Description. In the Todra Gorges, a gendarme encouraged me to continue my road trip to the village of Tamtattouchte. In the afternoon, I reached the Dades Valley, where I couldn’t take my eyes off the 1000 kasbahs built of reddish mud-bricks. Long Description I had breakfast with […]

From Erfoud to the Todra Gorges, passing Ksar El Khorbat – Morocco

13 Jan
Ksar El Khorbat: a typical street in the ksar, with my painter/guide Rachid

From Erfoud to Ksar El Khorbat Short Description. I explored the khattara irrigation system in Majha Fezna. Near Tinejdad, I went to the Oasis Museum in Ksar El Khorbat and the Water Museum in Source Lalla Mimoun. Eventually, I spent the night in a camping ground near the entrance to the Todra Gorges. Long Description After passing Erfoud, a small […]

From Midelt to the Tafilalt Oasis, passing the Ziz Valley – Morocco

02 Jan
Route du Majhoul in Tafilalt Oases: an 'underground' street, a good playground for children

The hidden surprises of Midelt Short Description. Near Midelt, I went to Kasbah Outhmane ou Moussa, then to Kasbah de Myriem – the Notre Dame de l’Atlas Monastery and a local workshop with Berber carpets and embroideries. I passed the Ziz valley and gorges and stopped at a camping site between the towns of Erfoud […]

From Fes to Midelt, passing Sefrou and Bhalil – Morocco

23 Dec
Azrou small Berber town: entrance gate to the medina

The Medinas of Sefrou and Bhalil Short Description. I left Fes and went to Sefrou, where I explored the old medina. Then, I went to Bhalil, the village where troglodytes transformed caves into dwellings. At Kamal Chaoui’s Berber House, the unplanned travel writers’ meeting took place. Kamal invited me to stay in Bhalil overnight. Long Description In the […]

Fes old medina (II): smells and prayers – Morocco

13 Dec
Fes: Borj Nord overlooking the old medina

Fes, the second day – Borj Nord and the old medina Short Description. In the first part of the day, I went to Borj Nord and the Merenids Tombs, then back to Fes-el-Bali. In the old medina, I headed to the souqs’ area (bazaars of all kinds) near Nejjarine Square. Long Description Every morning, Mohamed served me the standard breakfast. […]