Palais du Desert
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... but not all. I did buy one small gift for someone here. Hush! It’s a secret. I was guaranteed this one really was from Morocco. I’ll be very disappointed if it really isn’t… Khalid said he didn’t know why Americans like these fossils so much but they sure buy a lot of them.
We drove through the Ziz Valley. The date harvest was just finishing. The date palms along the river bed were accidently grown by ...
... passing small villages, stopping at a nomadic Berber people living in the desert. Amazingly tough life living in tents on the desert, looking after their animals.
We continued on getting stuck in the sand and having a blast in the dunes. We had a lunch that the literature described as 'enjoyable' picnic-style lunch, of course, that depends on how much you ...
... nowhere. I have no idea how long they had been at it or how long they planned to continue, but anyone could have told them that they were never get out of that sand without some serious towing.
Anyway, I got back in the jeep and the driver took me back to the faux kasbah. It had been a lovely drive, but the hotel and the desert trip were a black mark on an otherwise good day. Thankfully, I could just go to bed, wake up and leave this ridiculous tourist trap behind.
... finally, cross-country to the Auberge Sandfisch our 'desert camp' for the night, complete with Berber camel attendants and camp staff, and our woven tent with inbuilt bathroom!
Off to the dunes nearby for the inevitable and awkward camel ride into the dunes with Salam, our Berber guide. A lovely man in his thirties, quiet and unassuming, but very strong on the importance of Berber freedom, ...
... we drove through the Valley of the Roses. Even though this was advertised in the tour brochure, we never stopped here. We assume from the roses we did spot, that they have good fertile ground here, grow roses and made eau de perfumes.
Further along and our stop for the night was the Dades Gorge. This was a great drive. From dry rock and dusty land to lush green trees in the middle of nowhere, our hotel for the night was in the gorge right by a ...