Exotic Morocco

Nov 15th, 2019, 10:53 AM
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Exotic Morocco

I just got back from an incredible trip to Morocco and highly recommend a visit there. We used a private guide and driver. Rad, our guide, was by far one of the best guides I have ever had.

We started in Casablanca, visiting Hassan II Mosque, Kasbah des Oudaias, Hassan Tower and Mausoleum of Mohamed V. We had lunch at Rick's Cafe, corny but how do we go all the way to Casablanca and not eat there. Lunch was a good idea, as it's less crowded and just as good. Later in the day we drove on to Rabat, where we stayed at Villa Mandarine, a garden paradise within a lovely hotel.

The next day we visited the Roman ruins of Volubulis, amazingly extensive and beautifully restored. Then on to Moulay Idriss, Lakhmiss Gate, Royal Stables (very interesting to wander through). Today's journey ended in Fes, where we stayed at Riad Fes, a spectacular hotel with delicious food.

Next up was a walking tour of Fes, it is chaotic, sensory overload, but a must see. We went to Danan Synagogue, Al Fassiyeen Synagogue,Foundouk Museum and wandered around aimlessly and shopped, haggled, shopped haggled. So much fun. We loved seeing the tanneries. Even if you aren't interested in buying leather it's fun to see. Great Day!

Moving on day, we traveled along the Middle Atlas Mountains, Ziz River and Tafilet Oasis. It was a long drive day, but we had lots of stops and saw beautiful scenery. We spent the night at Masandonia Hotel and the owner of the hotel was gracious and warm. Many stars stay at this location when filming out there.

On to see more, as we head toward the desert. We visit a fig market, fossil factory (didn't love this so much), Merzouga for music and lunch, and then we jumped into a 4 X 4 to continue on to our private desert encampment. Camel crossing! Camels everywhere, great photos of camels. We arrive at our camp in time to relax before we headed up the dunes on camels to watch the sunset. You haven't lived until you've watched the sunset in the desert. Back down on camels, back to our camp that has been transformed to welcome us for music, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and visiting with our fellow travelers. Then a scrumptious dinner. Great Night! We chose to get up early, back on the camels, up the dunes for sunrise. You don't have to go again, but I figured, why not. Also a great experience. Got back to camp for a wonderful breakfast. Checked out of our "tent" and back to our 4 X 4 to travel on.

Our next destination is Ouarzazate, where we stayed at the Berbere Palace. We visited Todgha Gorges and Dades Gorges along the way. Learned more about the region from our wonderful guide.

A highlight of our next day was getting to visit Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou (if you are a Game of Thrones fan you'll love this place). We wandered through the kasbah, enjoying each turn. On to Tizn Tichka Pass and the High Atlas Mountains. Tonight we rest our heads at Kasbah Tamadot. AMAZING! We have the whole next day to relax and enjoy this amazing facility.

Marrakech - the city of wonder. Djemma el Fnaa or old Medina, just walking around the souk is fun. Storytellers, healers, snake charmers, acrobats, etc. Warning, don't take a picture unless you are prepared to pay! My husband made it his ambition to see how many he could take without getting caught, but be careful, because they are relentless if they catch you, they expect to be paid. That being said, it's just so much fun to watch. We stayed at Villa des Orangers, great location to the souk. The next day we visited the Majorelle Gardens (get there early to avoid long lines and crowds), El Bahia Palace, Saadien Toumbs. We spoiled ourselves for dinner that night and ate at La Marocain in La Mamounia Hotel. Excellent.

Our guide's full name is [email protected] We thought he was thorough and dedicated to helping us enjoy our trip.
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Dec 5th, 2019, 06:39 AM
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Thanks for sharing, it's great you saw Hassan II Mosque, Kasbah des Oudaias, Hassan Tower and Mausoleum of Mohamed
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