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15 days, 5 walks, 4 medinas, 3 gal of mint tea, 2 camel rides, one Morocco!

15 days, 5 walks, 4 medinas, 3 gal of mint tea, 2 camel rides, one Morocco!

Jul 20th, 2013, 01:02 PM
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Oh yes, because of your report of Fez and the Riad, I just automatically looked at their website and booked it. I did not even look at other places. I just knew it was right for us.
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Jul 20th, 2013, 07:23 PM
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You don't need a Guide for the City just a guidebook will be the best to avoid being ripped off, your riad can manage anything for you in Maroc, you can use the Bus for places the Train can not reach check www.oncf.ma affordable and reliable.
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Jul 21st, 2013, 07:35 AM
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Thanks kakijalan! When were you in Morocco? It's so nice to hear of others who've stayed at Dar Seffarine and used JBT/Hamid.

Ayty, you are too kind. I'm so glad you booked Dar Seffarine...hope you love it as much as we did. Do try and take a tour of the house if Alaa is around.

As for guides, we didn't feel the need for one and we were happy to just wander on our own, get lost and find our way back. You could give it a try on your own your first day and if you feel the need for a guide, then ask your riad to arrange for one. Another option would be to do a specialized tour with companies like Plan It Fez. They're on the expensive side but you could focus on something that particularly interests you like the food markets for example, instead of being taken to a carpet shop.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you have more questions.
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Jul 22nd, 2013, 05:43 PM
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Ah Seemsasket you are the one who is soooooo very very kind. I just know that Dar Seffarine will be soulful, and I like you, feel that it will be Fez, not Marakeech that I will be drawn to. I will take your advice and venture first on our own. We have been to Turkey, Africa, parts of Asia, so we might be ok.

i really like JBT/ but I think we are going with Soulful Safari as they are more reasonable. I did book the riad in Skouro. I am not into the "rah-rah" of Morrocco, as we live in NYC, and 8 million people on a day to day basis, gives us enough of that. I am booking Dar Karma just on the outskirts of Marakeech as I feel I just did not want to be in the square.



Thanks, ayty (Ty)
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Jul 22nd, 2013, 06:05 PM
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Good luck and enjoy your trip Ayty.
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Jul 22nd, 2013, 06:44 PM
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Hi ayty - Given your prior travels, you will be fine on your own. I'm glad you also booked Les Jardins de Skoura...you'll love it. If you plan to overnight anywhere near the Todra Gorge, I highly recommend Auberge le Festival as well.

We live in NYC too, so I hear you re getting away from the crowds. We usually prefer smaller towns and villages when we travel as well.

Good luck and have a great trip!
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Aug 2nd, 2013, 06:52 PM
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We're finally making progress with our pictures. Here are a couple of the Fes albums.

http://culturesconnected.smugmug.com...0073727_HkWb9R

http://culturesconnected.smugmug.com...0152223_HHSkzR

Will be back with more later.
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Aug 5th, 2013, 12:19 PM
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I LOVE your photos! I can tell you are drawn to the same things as me, I'm sure I'll also come home with hundreds of pictures of colorful tile work, wood carvings and stone carvings.
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Aug 6th, 2013, 02:51 PM
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Lol bniemand! Having two sets of pictures to parse through isn't helping either. I'm sure you're getting more and more excited as your trip draws near...I envy you!
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Aug 11th, 2013, 02:14 PM
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Still working on the rest of our pictures, but my husband just put together a "Cats of Morocco" album, for those of you who enjoy feline creatures.

http://culturesconnected.smugmug.com...1120420_87v5wg
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Aug 12th, 2013, 10:11 PM
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WOW!! That's amazing,makes me want to go to Morocco right now..
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Aug 15th, 2013, 04:49 PM
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Just wanted to say your trip report was wonderful! I'm coming from NYC as well, staying in Marrakech for 6 days before Madrid, and planning on a day trip to Essaouria (but now i wish we had decided to stay overnight!). How was the supratours bus? Is it comfortable? is there a bathroom or no? Just curious.
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Aug 15th, 2013, 06:29 PM
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Thanks ashwin and ivywinter!

ivy - The supratours bus was very comfortable. There is no bathroom on the bus but they stop at a rest area half way through the trip where you can use the loo. Have a great trip!
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Aug 15th, 2013, 06:30 PM
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The Chefchaouen pictures are finally done...hope you enjoy!

http://culturesconnected.smugmug.com...0152281_8T3bS7
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Sep 4th, 2013, 01:52 PM
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Hi there -

Sorry it's taking so long to get our pictures posted, but life keeps getting in the way.

Here's another album completed with pictures of our last day in Fes, the cooking class and teh drive to Azrou and Erfoud.

http://culturesconnected.smugmug.com...0193915_ZMgggh

Hope to get our act together and be back with the rest of the pictures soon.

I think some of you are headed to Morocco soon...if you are, have a wonderful trip!

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Dec 13th, 2013, 05:38 PM
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STUNNING photos!! Fantastic trip report! I'm at the very beginning stages of planning a trip to Morocco, and I think I would just like to replicate your entire trip. Do you have any photos of your camp-out in the desert? Your description of the stars......takes my breath away. Is there anything you would have done differently on this trip? It sounds pretty perfect to me. Thank you so much for taking the time to share it with us.
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Dec 18th, 2013, 07:22 PM
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Very interesting! Bookmarking
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Jan 1st, 2014, 11:10 AM
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I don't mean to infringe on your post, seemaskt, but I thought you might like to see two videos that I made in Morocco (I made others, but just haven't gotten around to editing them yet.). The first one is:

Marrakesh, a Moroccan Treasure and is primarily regarding the Majorelle Botanical Gardens (yes it does have cats) and a little of the main squre.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60Ya1...SNQkjZARMNzQEg

The second one is Ouzoud Waterfalls and there were cats there too although I don't think I filmed them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6YR3...SNQkjZARMNzQEg

I'll have more in a few weeks at this YouTube site.
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Jan 6th, 2014, 11:26 AM
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Thanks Laurie...sorry, I have been away from Fodors for several weeks and missed your post. All of our pictures are up on our smugmug site, so you should be able to see the rest of the pictures that I didnt post links to.

http://culturesconnected.smugmug.com...l/Morocco-2013

I don't think I would have changed the trip at all although an extra day each in Chefchaouen and Essaouira would have been great. Have a great trip...when are you going?

Thanks linawood!

Caroline - I'll check out your videos when I get home...thanks for the links. Glad you had a wonderful trip! Welcome back.
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Jan 6th, 2014, 01:14 PM
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Seemaskt, this is exactly the kind of trip report I was looking for!

Your writing style is great for getting the feel for a place.

I'm about to head to Morocco for a similar amount of time and will be using this report for sure!
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