Our first morning in Morocco in our riad in the north of the city.
To get to our accommodations we had to follow a medieval labyrinth with mischievous boys trying to get us lost at each turn.
Visiting a Moroccan lamp factory.
That bag Eva is carrying is made from camel leather.
Djemaa el-Fna is the buzzing centre of Marrakesh and cheapest place to get well fed.
Driving through the Altas mountains we found many people selling crystals and gem stones. We started a collection of colourful stones.
The old town of Ouarzazate is used for filming many movies and they have built a big movie studio near the town.
Driving down the palm-fringed Draa Valley on the way to Zagora.
Driving from Zagora to M'Hamid was an interesting experience as we crossed some very empty desert. The paved road ends at M'Hamid which is very close to the border with Algeria.
Adding to our collection of colourful stone balls.
Enjoying a fine lunch in M'Hamid while our guide prepared our camels for the afternoon trek into the sand dunes.
Eva hadn't been on a camel before. She wanted to ride the white one because its colour went better with her clothes but the younger one had less experience and was more dangerous to ride so they gave it to me.
The fact that Eva's mobile phone worked took away a little from the romance of the idea that we were in an extremely remote desert location.
The sand on the right was very hot and on the left deliciously cool.
Our little camp for the night.
With our two guides drinking some mint tea.
Collecting sticks for a campfire that night.
Good morning Eva. She was very tired because she stayed up all night watching the incredible stars. She counted more than 25 shooting stars but no UFOs unfortunately.
We liked our trip into the sand dunes.
This little village near M'Hamid is slowly being abandoned due to an ongoing problem with a lack of water. In a few more years there may be no more inhabitants.
We decided to share camels for the final return to the town.
This village in the Draa Valley whose name I have forgotten is where the Moroccan scenes in the film Babel were filmed.
We stayed in a nice hotel near Ait Benhaddou with a swimming pool and everything.
Aït Benhaddou (Arabic: آيت بن حدّو) is a 'fortified city', or ksar, along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in present-day Morocco. It is situated in Souss-Massa-Draâ on a hill along the Ouarzazate River and has some beautiful examples of kasbahs, which unfortunately get damaged each rainstorm. Most of the town's inhabitants now live in a more modern village at the other side of the river; ten families however still live within the ksar.
Aït Benhaddou is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and several films have been shot there, including: Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), The Jewel of the Nile (1985), The Living Daylights (1987), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Sheltering Sky (1990), Kundun (1997), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Alexander (2004)
The Tamdaght Kasbah near Ait Benhaddou.
Sunset in Essaouira on the coast.
Breakfast was included in our fabulous little hotel.
The actual city of Essaouira was only built during the 18th century. Mohammed III, wishing to reorient his kingdom towards the Atlantic for increased exchanges with European powers, chose Mogador as his key location. He hired a French engineer, Théodore Cornut, and several other European architects and technicians, to build the fortress along modern lines. Originally called "Souira", "The small fortress", the name then became "Es-Saouira", "The beautifully designed".