Ifrane...Moroccan ski resort, like an Alpine village!
en route to Atlas Mountains and on to the desert
Atlas Mounain town of Itzer
Wash day in the mountains
Berber Tent lunch at a small inn in Midelt
The Legionnaire's Tunnel, Zis River road to the desert
village en route to the Sahara
Teacher's Conference in remote Erfoud !?
Sloshing through the overflowing river
Ruins of a former Legion fort overlooking Erfoud, Zis River
Home for the night, Erfoud
Quite comfortable...very nice cottage-style rooms
Land Rover "Birds in a Cage" vehicles to transport turistas to the desert dunes (not us!)
we arrived just at sunrise over the dunes (Erg Chebbi)
Visiting nomadic Berbers at Erg Chebbi (largest dunes in Morocco...30 miles long)
German ladies camping nearby, join us
Love in the dunes
Starbucks it ain't
Roz and Yusef...we hired him to drive our rental car (in the pre-dawn darkness!!) and kept him with us all day.
Only cafe within the area
Furnished by Ikea
Lost in Sahara
Ship of the Desert
Dusk in downtown Erfoud
Desert tracks..not an Interstate...that's why we brought Yusef along!
Taureg with his "Ship of the Desert"
On to Rissani
Must be Rissani
Yusef and Roz..buying?
no, no..no carpets!
Laughing? We hadn't said "no" yet!
On the road again
en route to the gorges..town of Tinehir
another town and its kasbah
wash day approaching Todra Gorge
town in the gorges
entering the dramatic Todra Gorge
There's a ghastly story here
Todra Gorge lodgings
Ali and family..our volunteer guide to the old Kasbah(Roz in bckgrnd)
on the trail to the Kasbah
the crumbling kasbah
washday in the gorge
Kids begging for money everywhere
La Berbere Palace..our lodgings
Welcome for us???
For Harley-Davidson bikers rally, Paris to Maroc
and here they come...over 100
Big party with tables of food...cheap dinner tonight!
Tea service, please.
Kid wants to be our guide...for 16 dirhams ($2.00), why not
Mohdi, the guide and probably his uncle
Chez Dimitri, owned by a former Legionnaire (excellent)
Atlas Studios, Maroc's largest
From Scorcese's recent set for Tibetan film, "Kundun"
Maroc's biggest star flexes!
Kasbah Tifletoute near the studios
The Road to Remote Fintt
step sandbags to the Fint road (had to leave car there)
Aziz, the town greeter
Marching to Fint
Aziz home, and his son
along the Draa river valley, heading for Zagora near Algerian border
lonely mosque, Draa Valley
Riad Salam, lodgings, quite nice
Remarkable, Swiss dad and son, biking across desert to Tangier!
exit from Zagora..the road to Timbuktu (52 days by camel)!
Thinking about it!!
NO, no, no...in Arabic, la,la,la!
silversmiths of Amezrou...once a town of Jewish silversmiths, south of Zagora
Main Street, Amezrou
In the former mellah, Jewish quarter of Amezrou
Kasbah Ait Benhaddou