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... the villages.
Meeting on the terrace for dinner we enjoyed yet another delightful meal surrounded by the massive red and beige rocks that just rise up and lick the sky, as the day gradually faded away, the rich night sky became ablaze with stars, a soft breeze a welcome relief after such a warm day. The lamb and vegetable tagines were delicious after our entree of soup and again the lovely wood fired bread, in fact, whilst we have not had any bad meals, ...
... a mass of joined houses that are located within thick walls with one entrance to protect the people from attack from neighbouring tribes. A drive through an amazing gorge then straight on to Skoura for lunch. Where we are staying is truly unique, it is a Kasbah in an oasis in the middle of the dessert. No telly, phones etc. our room consists of a bedroom, living room and bathroom. See the photos, it's beautiful, so ...
... The ksar had minimal decorations carved into the walls, but occasionally we would see a marking called a Nomad's compass (similar to a cross and a sign of a travel), a butterfly (which is a sign of good luck), a freedom sign and a series of steps known as the stairway to heaven.
We eventually left the ksar and walked around the back of the zouia where there was a beautiful 17th century ksar with a rather elaborate exterior wall. We did not enter, ...
... the gendarmerie again for another phone call.
"Go back towards Ouarzazate and wait by the bridge. We will send a car to find you."
Well, that was a little clearer. We went to the bridge and waited. And waited. And waited. It was now approaching 9pm, and we were fairly convinced we weren't going to get anything to eat that night - and seriously doubting we were going to have anywhere to sleep either (other than ...
... plan… continue on to Skoura where I find a van that’s not only going to Toundoute—he’s headed all the way to Amzrit, my Shangri la Valley discovery. I’m half tempted to just go all the way and re-experience that place, but I decide to stick to the plan. After an other delay we finally head off.
In Toundoute, we stop where they load up the rickety van with… gas tanks.
Dang. This is starting to feel like ...