My friends call me a natural born nomad! Yeah I hear it's a blessing! No wonder then that in Morocco I felt perfectly at home! What better place to get lost in than in the original land of nomads, right? Be aware though that along the way you will discover new facets of yourself in this soul stirring and internally gratifying country. It's rugged terrain and the stunning beauty of it's landscape might move you beyond limits like it did me. Here is a small account of my epic journey in Morocco.
. While in magical Morocco expect to be surrounded by unexpected beauty and mystique. From the Medina's & Souks of 'Kech to the high passes of the Atlas Mountains. From the dunes of Berber country to it's cultural capital Fes. Finally amidst the beautiful cobalt blue and white terraces of Essaouria be sure to have the most surreal and memorable time. My romance with Morocco has infact just begun.
It all started from the moment I arrived at Marakkesh airport.
Where I stayed
Checked into a gorgeous Riad within the Medina
With all that excitement building up walking in through the narrow medina lanes I couldn't wait to explore what lay ahead.
Palais Bahia Marrakech
When you match with your surroundings!
Madrassa Ben Youssouf
Everywhere you look a surprise awaits...
The souks were completely flooded with treasures. Nobody get's enough of beautiful handmade things in just one visit.
Fabrics in vibrant colors .
#bring extra bags!
Jardin Majorelle inspired YSL and moi 😀
After a wonderful few nights in Marrakesh my friend and I started our epic road trip across the Atlas ranges into the desert.
Journey to the Sahara
The great outdoors
We stopped at Ait Ben Heddou and were taken in by the beauty of Kasbah Glaoui and the raw natural beauty of the area
Kasbah Pasha Glaoui in Ait Ben Haddou
Kasbah Elloueze a hidden gem ideal for an Al Fresco lunch.
Climb up to the top of Ait BenHaddou and feel like you're a character in Game of Thrones. Yes, this is where they shoot it.
High on adrenaline
Dar Chamma ~ our charming Riad before another day of driving.
At Riad Chez Pièrre we met some very friendly locals and a group of bikers from Israel. They were driving across the desert via the Atlas route undoubtedly one of the best biking routes in the world. A clear starry night and an amazing dinner made this stop even more memorable.
On to Toughda (Todra) gorge. Some would say it's more picturesque than Dades as one can walk through the gorge through which the river passes. It's an ideal rock climbing location.
We were now driving all the way to the last town at the edge of the desert ~ to Merzouga. Stopped for authentic local Medfouna ( Berber pizza)
Finally ~ Merzouga !
Of all the experiences, our real life Nomadic camp night in the Sahara dunes of Erg Chebbi was by far the most memorable. We rode camels to go deep in the desert where we spent the night counting stars and exchanging stories around a warm & cosy bonfire made by our guide Omar. He also made dinner, set up our beds and prepared lots of mint tea. Note: we were the only guests at the camp~ 2 women 😀👍🏼
Omar the Brave!
Watching the sunset.
Time to pack up and move again. Driving to Fes the old cultural capital of Morocco.
Met some beautiful Nomads along the way
Wheels on the road
Al Quarayouein University in Fes is the oldest continuously running University in the world . Here it is with its distinctive green roofs.
After a few nights in Fes we were in the mood for some Sea and Sunshine
When you know you're coming back to a country to soak in some more of its beauty it's an indescribably beautiful feeling....that's how we decided to leave Morocco. With the promise to return.
Morocco until we meet again real soon
This has been a dream realised. Morocco turned out to be a happy & safe country specially for women travelers. It's a good idea to have a guide with you in each city even if for half a day for a better understanding of its history and culture. Driving in the Atlas ranges is easy and roads are wonderful in most parts. If you speak Arabic or French it's an added advantage though most people speak English. Thank you, Merci , Shoukran Morocco for a lifetime of memories. Au revoir!
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