Dades Valley & Ouarzazate, Morocco, Oct. 6, 2007
Trip Start Sep 19, 2007
85Trip End Jan 05, 2008
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Our main stop in the valley was Ouarzazate, a Berber desert town and tourist center of the south with plenty of shops, hotels, and a large UNESCO restored casbah. Ouarzazate is also considered the movie center of Morocco and home to several successful film studios as its desert surroundings can easily double for many parts of the world from the Holy Land to the American Wild West and have done so in such movies as Sheltering Sky, The Man Who Would Be King, The Last Temptation of Christ, Living Daylights, Kundun, Jewel of the Nile, The Mummy, Alexander the Great, and Lawrence of Arabia. I am not a major movie buff per se but was somewhat disappointed when the majority vote in the group (I think it was 11 to my 1) nixed Dave's suggestion that we stop for a visit at Atlas Studios outside of Ouarzazate.