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Our trip to Morocco 2011

Journey to the South

01camel
Welcome to Morocco! We start with a trip to the south of the country, to go to the desert.
01drama
The trip over the Atlas mountains offers spectacular views.
01unesco
On the way, we visit a Kazbah (old city) that is part of the UNESCO world heritage.
01nounesco
These ruins are not part of the UNESCO world heritage. It is the village where we stop for lunch.
01inside
The inside is more appealing.
01camelride
We do the last mile on a camel. We have long-lasting memories of this ride (especially in the rear muscles).

The Sahara

02fire
We arrive in the Sahara in the late evening. The guy on the picture is our guide. He was the one who thought of bringing the matches.
02breakfast
After a night in the tent, we have breakfast...
02sunrise
...to see the sun rise over the Sahara. The sun actually rises gradually in the Sahara. This is different from Paris, where the sun is always right above me when I get up.
02sahara
The Sahara is basically like a big beach...
02sahara2
...just that it takes considerably longer to get to the sea.

Marrakech

03tower
Welcome to Marrakech!
03riad
Our riad offers pleasant refuge...
03street
..from the dusty streets of the city.
03corner
But Marrakech also has its charming corners.
03shop
This shop offers different remedies to cure (or provoke) all types of illnesses.
03newcity
The new city of Marrakech appears like in European mediterranean countries (except for the palm tree maybe).
04king
The King of Morocco is posted everywhere. He welcomes the death of Ghaddafi. He does not think further West than Tunisia...

Fez

04porte
This is the blue door of Fez, the medieval capital of Morocco.
04conserv
The city is very conservative, and religious and cultural values are strictly observed.
04street
That is: some of these values. Try to ask for directions and you get a misleading answer in 2/3 of the cases. Try to tell a person that you do not want him as a guide, and you get insulted with surprisingly eloquent foreign vocabulary.
04bus
We smile at the people who insult us. We know that we can get out of this place if we want to.
04tannery
But we also met nice people, who showed us around for a few Dihars. The picture shows the tanneries, where leather is colored.
04detail
Fez has stunning examples of Arab artwork...
04clean
... but in general the love for detail seems to be unevenly distributed.
04market
We leave Fez in the evening.

Rabat

05door
Rabat is the capital of Morocco.
05city
The Medina has some similarities to the Medinas of Fez and Marrakech.
05bureaux
A huge commercial center will rise behind these advertisement posters. Note that no woman wears a veil in the ad.
05tram
Rabat sports a brand-new tramway...
05house
..and some more pittoresque corners.
05garbage
This is the ministry for hygiene of the city. Its action radius has not yet reached the garbage pile in the right of the picture.
05crepe
In Rabat, you can eat Crêpes that are as excuisite as the ones in Paris in everything except the price.
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