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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

January 8, 2019
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moulay idriss and the world’s first university

the #mausoleum of #moulay #idriss II – the #founder of #fes #morocco the #university of al #karaouine / al #quaraouiyine considered the #oldestcontinuously operating, #degree-granting university in the #worldfounded in 859 by a #woman – fatima al #fihri who #migrated from the #tunisian #city of #kairouanmore photos here.

January 7, 2019
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fes’s old medina

#zaouia #sidi #ahmed #tijani is an #islamic #complex for #education and #commemoration dedicated to the #founder of the 18th century #tijaniyyah#sufi #tariqa – #sheikh #ahmed al #tijani who was originally from the #senegal and is #buried here it is located in fes’s #old #medina and has stunning #ornamented #facades visit to the famous #fes #tanneries where #leather is produced and #dyedby going through a process of being soaked in a #limestone mixture, scraped, washed, naturally … Continue reading

January 7, 2019
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the jewish mellah

visit to the #jewish #mellah and the aben danan #synagogue built in the 17th century #spectacular #views of the #medina of #fes and then on to the #tamegroute #pottery #cooperative where one can buy #moroccan pottery directly from #artisans got to try some delicious kaab el ghazal or #gazelle #horns #cookies#crescent-shaped and filled with #almond paste #rosewater and #honeymore photos here.

January 7, 2019
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fes

breakfast at our #riad yacout situated in #fes’s #medina near bab bou jeloud or the #bluegate the medina of fes was founded by #moulay #idriss II in the 9th century, not long after #islam came to #morocco fes reached its #zenith in the 13th and 14th centuries  we visited the entrance to the #royal #palace which was … Continue reading

January 7, 2019
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the atlas mountains

the #plateaus between the parallel ranges of the #atlas #mountains are incredibly rich and #fertilecovered by a bright velvety #green that reminded me of #sicily’s #lushness there are #olives of course but also plenty of #orange #orchardswe stopped at a roadside stall and bought some for our trip – extravagantly #sweet a #family picture as we approached … Continue reading

January 7, 2019
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from chefchaouen to fes

the #jebala or #arab #mountain people who live in #morocco’s northwest reminded me of the #andean people of #southamerica – the #textiles, tallish #hats, constructed #terraces, #agriculture and #herding – the same rigorous #work #ethic with active participation from #women morocco has more than 700,000 hectares of #olive #orchards which it aims to double by next yearwe visited a traditional olive #press in the #rif mountainsmore photos here.