My daughter and I have just returned from a week away. Was it only a week? We have seen so much, so many varied landscapes and I have so much inspiration for more quilts and I know, not much time to make any.
We wanted a week away in January, somewhere cheap, and interesting and with hopefully some sunshine. I found some very cheap flights to Morocco. It is a few years since I have been to Morocco. I’ve actually been now 5 times. My experience of Morocco in the past has been an awful lot of hassle and the traveling to be hard compared to India,
We arrived into Essouira on the Saturday evening, The weather for-cast was terrible; torrential rain for the Sunday. Ever optimistic we thought it can’t be as bad as it says. It was but there were periods of sun in between the showers.
The trip to the outdoor market was a bit of a waste of time as the roads were like mud rivers. It rain didn’t spoil the day one bit.
The next day we caught the bus to Marrakech and spent the rest of the day there, visiting a few museums and reaquainting ourselves with the souqs. Eating in the square etc.
I had booked a 3 day budget tour to the desert. I think it was 89 euros to include food, transport, accommodation and we were to travel in a minibus with a maximum no of 17.
The rain in Essouira had bought snow in the mountains; it was a spectacular journey over the pass.
We visited Ait Benhaddou and stopped regularly for food, drink, and photo stops.
We stayed at a hotel at what seemed like the end of the road. Nice hotel and good food but it was freezing cold. With lots of blankets and merino clothes it was ok. The next morning it was an early start to view the monkeys fingers, then on to the Todra Gorge, with lots of photo stops
We were to spend the night in the desert – traveling by camel to the camp watching the sunset, and returning the following morning at sun rise.
I just love the desert, – I wanted to walk, not sit on a camel and managed to take some good photos although quite a few were out of focus as I had to keep catching up with the camel caravan.
It was a long drive back to Marrakech but with my ear plugs and Audible it passed quickly. I have recently listened to some excellent books.
The Alice Nework
Tales of a Female Nomad
With almost 2 days back in Marrakech we visited the new YSL museum, the Berber museum, and the Majorelle Gardens (I’ve been several times but I would happily go again) and wandered the city, drinking tea, shopping and taking photos etc.
Morocco of now, is such a different place to 15 years ago. People were all delightful, there are no hassles, food was good, travel easy, shopping a pleasure and most of the museums excellent. We asked our driver / guide why the change. A younger generation, a new government, a King and a President and the internet. Trip Adviser, Booking.com have made travel easy but also, we can read about good reviews and bad places etc.
We joined a budget 3 day tour, I was certainly the oldest on the minibus but am as fit as many of the young ones. My advice is smile and be happy and I don’t think the kids notice my age. I really enjoyed their company – their parents should be proud of them. We booked with marrakech-desert-trips.com and I would really recommend it.
We were travelling hand luggage only so didn’t buy much but still enjoy looking
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