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My husband Paul and I (active 60’s and not yet retired) try to take an international trip once a year. Last summer, on our front porch in upstate NY, our daughter suggested that we plan a trip together in 2014. We originally thought of going to the Balkans, one of Paul’s and my favorite destinations, but one thing led to another and our Balkans adventure turned into an adventure to Morocco. All in all, six of us will embark on a spring journey through this beautiful country. We’ll be joined by our daughter (N), son-in-law (D), granddaughter (S -almost 13) and grown son (M) – what a treat!

We’re independent travelers, and as a travel agent in my former life, half the fun for me is the planning. I researched riads, dars and just about every other detail of the trip. Except for a three-day desert sojourn, we’ll be on our own. We chose mid-April to correspond with our granddaughter’s spring break.

We travel to Europe fairly often, but this is our first time to North Africa. Our son, M, majored in Arabic in college and lived in Ifrane for a summer, and he’s also traveled there since college. Our daughter, N, visited two years ago. (Has anyone noticed that our children have travelled so much more than we did by their age???). Also, we all speak French which will be helpful in getting around the country.

Daughter N and family, and son M will be there about 10 days. Paul and I will spend a solid two weeks, from April 16 – 30 to maximize what will probably be our only trip to Morocco (so much to see and so little time ). Paul and I will fly into Casablanca and spend a night, then join the rest of our family in Marrakech. This is our itinerary:

April 16 – 17 – US – Casablanca
April 17 – Casablanca
April 18 – 21 – Marrakech
April 21 – 23 – Desert Tour including Erg Chebbi
April 23 – 27 – Fes (after which M and N and family return home)
April 27 – 29 – Tangier
April 29 – Rabat
April 30 – Rabat – US

I appreciate Fodors and all the valuable information I’ve gotten throughout the years for various trips, so I’ll post a thorough trip report to help other first-timers who are planning to visit and to let those of you who have been there relive your experiences. I hope you’ll follow along on our family adventure - see you on the flip side!

Ellen

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