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January 14, 2019
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majorelle garden

the #majorelle #garden in #marrakesh #morocco was created in the 1920s by the #french #painter #jacques #majorelleit was opened to the public in 1947it has “marble #pools, raised pathways, banana #trees, groves of #bamboo, coconut #palms and #bougainvilleas. perhaps unsuprisingly … Continue reading

January 13, 2019
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kutubiyya mosque

walk from #marrakech’s #medina to the #kutubiyyamosquethe original #kutubiyya #mosque was built in the 1100s by the #muslim #berber #almoravid dynasty, that founded marrakesh itself in 1062the mosque was destroyed by the #almohads, who reconstructed it later in the 12th … Continue reading

January 11, 2019
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bahia palace

the #bahia #palace in #marrakesh – bahia means #luminance in #arabic – was built between 1866 and 1867 by si #moussa some #history: si moussa was the grand #vizier of sultan moulay #hassan moussa was a remarkable man who rose to this position after starting life as a #slave his son, bou ahmed, became chamberlain to moulay … Continue reading

January 11, 2019
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aguelmous and tizi ntichka

more aguelmous and then #tizi #ntichka – a #mountain #pass that connects #ouarzazat to #marrakesh through the #high #atlas #mountains the most #incredible #scenery throughout southern morocco more pictures here.

January 10, 2019
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drive to marrakesh

the day started with a magnificent #sunrise and beautiful views of #boulmane #dades from our #hotel #xaluca as we began our #drive to #marrakesh we stopped at the #rose #city of #kalaat #mgouna filled with #damascus #roses – i cannot #imagine what it looks like in #spring when all the rose bushes are alive and in bloombought some rose #oil – a wonderful #moisturizer we then visited #kasbah #amridil and got … Continue reading

January 10, 2019
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todra and dades gorges

the #todra #gorges are a #series of #limestone #river #canyons or #wadisin the eastern part of the #high #atlas #mountains in #morocco, near the town of #tinghir some of the #berber people who live here make their #homes inside #caves #earthen #architecture including beautiful #adobes reminded me of #sanaa#yemen then the #dades gorges – a series of #rugged #wadis #carved out by the #dades #river and the #unusual #rock formations called #monkey #toes #southern morocco is #stunningmore pictures here.

January 9, 2019
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rissani and tinghir

after leaving the wonderfully #serene #incense-filled #riad madu we traveled to #rissani and #tinghir visiting an #orchard resonant with early morning #bird callsa #desert fox#gnaoua #musicians#golden #sand #dunes    a #camel and its young one a #friendly #kittyand the #souk in rissani tinghir was like an #enchanted #town from the #arabian #nights more pictures here.

January 9, 2019
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music from the gnaoua people of khamlia

the #gnaoua people of #khamlia – a #town of about 400 in #southeastern#morocco – are the #descendants of #slaves from central and west #africa #music is an essential part of their #heritage and #culture and #steeped in #spirituality – “rising to #prominence from a #marginalized practice to #heal people possessed by #genie #spirits, it is one of the most popular styles of north african music.” watch here.

January 9, 2019
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merzouga

as we drove further #south thru the #higher #atlas #mountains to the #ziz #valley and #merzougawe saw the most #beautiful #pinks and #orangesan #oasis that stretches for miles and miles the #bluest#shimmering #waterand #date #palm galoreovernight stay at #riad madu in the middle of the #desert – #magical more pictures here.

January 8, 2019
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thru the atlas mountains

early this #morning we started our drive #south, thru the #atlas #mountainswe stopped in #ifrane a pretty little #resort town in the #middle atlas mountains known for its #swiss #architecture, #ski slopes, and #coldweather on the way: #azrou, an impressive #cedar forest and friendly #barbary#macaque #monkeys lunch in #midelt a town in #central #morocco between the middle and high atlas mountain ranges i had a viande hache #tagine which … Continue reading