Our last day! Many headed to the souk with our fabulous guide Richad to finish off some bargain/haggling shopping. It was a day of leisure with some spending time at the pool or the hamman(spa). Our farewell dinner was located in a restaurant that had a pool and palm trees located in a huge courtyard. It was an ideal end to a wonderful trip. Many thanks to Debbie at WTN.
A visit to the Majorelle gardens was a lovely surprise. Two and a half acres of plants that took over 40 years to accumulate by Jacques Majorelle. There is a Berber museum on site housing a wonderful collection of their jewellery and art. We spent hours walking through the souk checking out the leather workers, iron mangers and spice merchants.
Headed to the Switzerland of Morocco today with ski lifts and a private university. Through the biggest cedar forest of Morocco filled with monkeys then on to the colourful Atlas Mountains with Nomad Berbers. Apple orchards abound and plantations of fig trees everywhere. We headed by 4 x 4 to the dromedary transport into the desert. Our camp for the night was Berber tents. Watching the sunset from the sand dunes of the Sahara was amazing.
What a day! Departed for the Medina in Fez and discovered an amazing array of shops hidden away in this maze of walkways. A visit to a pottery business showed us the ancient craftsmanship they still employ. A visit to a local weaver and copper maker was most facinating. They evening ended on a high note as we were welcomed into a local Riad owned by an amazing cook and hostess. Two local young professional women, one a university professor the other the president of the African forum on Renewable energy, brought our evening to a spectacular end with enlightened discussion, enjoyable food and live entertainment. We all laughed a lot and enjoyed so much of the Moroccan hospitality.
Thurs oct 18
What a wonderful surprise!!! Morocco is enchanting. A visit to the 3rd largest mosque in the world was well worth the visit. It overlooks the choppy Atlantic and is able to hold 25,000 people at a time with an ornately carved roof that opens to the world. A visit to the capital Rabat and the ancient Roman ruins in Volubilis made for an incredible day. So much to see and absorb.
Photos to follow.