Camel Trek and Camping in Merzouga, Morocco

Large sand dune in the Moroccan Sahara desert

Around four pm, we met our guide at the entrance of our hotel. Hassan was an aging berber with a beaming smile under a bushy moustache, a couple of missing teeth and glinting black eyes. He showed us how to mount the camels while they were sat down, our legs…

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Morocco – Day Six – The Sahara

On Sunday morning we woke up late, still stiff from the day before and utterly disorientated. Visions of dirt tracks and narrow alleys in the darkness swam before my eyes from the night before. Wandering outside, we found the quiet courtyard of our hotel, brimming with rose bushes and smelling…

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Morocco – Day Five – Driving

Saturday 24 March 2012 Early Saturday morning, after five nights in the city, we embarked on the second stage of our trip. This was the part I’d been most looking forward to, and a huge tick for my bucket list: an excursion to the Sahara. Not a trip for those…

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Cascades d’Ouzoud

Cascades d'Ouzoud

I wrote about the Ouzoud Falls, or Cascades d’Ouzoud, in my last post, but as they are just so pretty I thought I’d include a few more of my photographs. The Ouzoud Falls – ouzoud meaning olive in Berber – are located in the Azilal district in the Atlas mountains around 150km…

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Day Three – Cascades d’Ouzoud

Cascades d’Ouzoud

Thursday 22 March 2012 When it comes to getting out of Marrakech, there are a host of excursions and day trips to choose from. Morocco is an enormous country with a rich and diverse topography, so it seems a shame to stay in just one place. Everywhere we looked in…

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l’Ensemble Artisanal

Belts at l'Ensemble Artisanal in Marrakech

The Ensemble Artisanal in Marrakech is a complex of shops on the edge of the Nouvelle Ville, close to the main square and the Koutoubia Mosque. Although the souqs are an unmissable experience, this is a great alternative for tourists who, like me, find haggling a little stressful. The complex…

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Les Jardins Majorelle

Jardins Majorelle in Marrakech

When the pink and terracotta walls of the red city start to overheat your senses, visit the Majorelle Gardens to reinvigorate yourself. With its cooling colour palette, green pools and shaded walkways, this is the perfect place to chill-out in Marrakech. The idea of visiting a garden may sound a…

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Getting Lost in Marrakech: Saadian Tombs and Bahia Palace

In general, the first afternoon wasn’t our best in Morocco. After an incredible morning of discovery we wanted to keep going, and packed so much into the day that it all became a tad overwhelming. It started out great. After grabbing a light lunch of pastries from a shop near…

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Exploring the Souqs and Djemma El Fna in Marrakech

Morocco - Photos From the Souqs

Lately I’ve been missing Moroccan breakfasts, which are essentially my perfect meal. On the first morning, we sat at mosaic-tiled patio furniture in the peaceful courtyard of our Riad, and stuffed our faces with freshly squeezed orange juice, sweet mint tea, and a selection of breads and cakes. Moroccan bread, which…

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