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Ouarzazate is pronounced 'was is zat'. I always liked this name from the first time I heard it.
This city of 85,000 people is very neat compared to much of what we have seen in the last two weeks. The streets are paved, gutter to gutter and no sand piled on the side. The pedestrians have their own sidewalk which means safety and comfort and is largely something we had forgotten.
In the 1920s the French established Ouarzazate as an ...
... wandered around some more. A photo op at every turn. The place has atmosphere of what I envision biblical times encompassed. Loaded donkeys and long robed men and women still make their way up the maze of passages and lanes. The pace of life is slow and relaxed. Nothing moves by the clock. For us, it adds to the romantic and exotic. We are fortunate. We have time too.
... Hotel Boufager with plenty of time to spare for a swim in the pool or drink at the bar before dinner.
DInner included Harira (soupe Moroccain) followed by yummy chicken tagine with couscous (served with a sprinkling of cinnamon and castor sugar). There was a dance - see video. The hotel wifi code was a drama in itself. It was 20+ characters long and very random. We did connect but the router was down. We couldn't be bothered after that.
... Gorge looming over us, we could see why this was a popular spot for locals and tourists alike to escape the heat. It was interesting to watch the locals as they set up their picnics using the spring water as an ice bucket and a portable cooker for their Tajine. Some had even found rock beds in the middle spring flat enough to set up on, their own natural boat! We made it to Ouarzazate by late afternoon. This is known as the Hollywood of the Middle East as many of the big ...
... the left, the Ouarzazate Oasis and reservoir (although the half-built cinderblock neighborhoods in the foreground are a bit ugly). Then on the right are the barren rugged mountains and the skinny little road winding its way off to the middle of nowhere it seems… Of course, I know that the great Draa Valley Civilization lies some 60 kilometers beyond… It’s a great spot here that marks the line between Civilized, Hospitable Desert and Inhospitable ...