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... class? Well this is what we had arranged the day we leave at the Amal Cooking School. This not-for-profit organisation takes women off the street and gives them valuable life and career skills. We learn to whip up a Tagine and are given the recipes. During our week in Morocco we had grown quite obsessed over Moroccan mayonnaise and are delighted to obtain a recipe for this too.
And this concludes my first visit to the African ...
After two nights in Zagora, we started our way back northwest and ended up again in the seeming middle of nowhere. Our accomodations, the Kasbah Air Ben Damietta, was a wonderful place, run by a French woman; so the cuisine de haute was French - steak!
We also stopped at the Atlas Movie Studio outside of, here comes that name again, Ouarzazate. Lawrence of Arabia, Cleopatra, and Patton, among other, were filmed, at least in part, here.
... dinner was just about ready! Never one to turn down food (and a beer), I managed to catch my second or third or fifth wind and join my fellow travelers for the first of many fine feasts on this journey to Mystical Morocco.
Saturday, April 11
A full day of touring in and around the heart of Marrakech, the medina, ending up at the chaos called the night market!
... view of the Sahara dessert were unforgettable. That initial excitement of something to come. The greatest gem for me was an unexpected lunch with a family of nomads. We bundled out of the van and into a huge tent inhabited by a husband, wife, their two children and his sister. They offered us mint tea, fresh bread and a space in their tent for our lunch while we offered them a place in our hearts and memories as a fleeting glimpse ...
We left the gardens and headed back through the 11th century medina walls towards the center of the medina, stopping about a block past the Hotel la Mamounia (famous for having Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt stay there during their 1943 summit). We then set out on foot for the Koutoubia, which featured the stunning Koutoubia Minaret. (As usual in Morocco, I was not permitted into the mosque, but quite frankly I was fine with that because ...