Riad Salam Erfoud
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... dune we are standing on, sit down and begin to unpack their backpacks. Amazingly, they have heard a tourist group is here and have come to try to sell us some of their handicrafts. They are too cute not to buy from, so we purchase a couple of small items.
After the sun has risen, and we have taken (again) way too many photos, we enjoy a breakfast of omelets and Moroccan crepes, and then get packed up for our 2 1/2 hour drive back to the airport and our flight to Marrakesh.
Spent some of the evening at the poolside with a few beers. At our request, Mohammed decided to venture into the town of Tizimi for dinner.
We ate at Cafe Pizzeria des Dunes. I had a moroccan salad and a chicken and lemon tagine and Chris, a set menu of omelette, brochette with fries, kalia (beef, eggs, tomato tagine) - it was scrumptious! Dessert was the usual sliced orange dusted with cinnamon.
The drive up and into the High Atlas Mountains south of Midelt became much more interesting as we headed up through the first of many passes before leveling off into dry desert flatlands. Surprisingly, the air did not become cooler as I expected, but instead became hotter as we drove closer towards the Sahara.
The most remarkable scenery was the sudden appearance of large date palms and ksours (fortified villages from the middle centuries) just after ...
The journey from Essaouira to Merzouga
was one that filled us with dread from the first moment we realised
we would have to make the 15 hour long journey from the sea-side to
the Sahara desert. One part of the journey especially- around 2 hours
east of Marrakech is known for making people very sick as the coach
has to take us through the long, winding mountain roads. I (Rebecca)
although also dreading it a ...
... head-on into the overtaking vehicle.
Even on wider roads where two vehicles could pass, driving down the centre line is generally the best way to travel at high speed, avoiding the risk of hitting potholes at the edge where the road has (invariably) started to break up.
Easy, once you understand how it works.
Small towns and villages are another matter altogether. Apart from the larger towns, the ...