Marauding through Marrakech

IMG_9681I just can’t stop reminiscing about my African experience in the city of Morocco. My last post highlighted the trek to the Sahara, but I didn’t even get a chance to show you the beauty and charm of Marrakech. Saint Laurent’s secret garden is filled with lush greens, vibrant cobalt and accents of canary, a shop filled with towering stacked cones of soft hand spun alpaca yarn, treasured horizontal hand-loom textiles woven with cactus silk, basket and tins filled with rich fragrant spices also used as dyes. Although exhausted from haggling, Le Souk was still luring me in with all the mesmerizing shops. We explored the labyrinth of alleys and found some hidden gems and delicious treats along the way. Oh, yes… I fell into that category of being that typical tourist and there was nothing to be ashamed about. I do hope you get to experience the culture in the near future. It was well worth the experience. Cheers to fun times!IMG_0384IMG_0437DSC00454IMG_0821IMG_0767IMG_0562DSC00360DSC00143IMG_05555IMG_0558IMG_0263DSC00572IMG_0548IMG_0351

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Soaking up Sahara

IMG_9611A recent visit from Abdou Chaair, our fave tour guide from Morocco, brought back fond memories. A three day trek to the Sahara desert with Joe and 5 friends.

Along our route to Sahara from Marrakech we stop by Ait Benhaddou a 16th Century UNESCO site known to be one of the best-preserved kasbah. It was extraordinary how some of these decayed structures were still standing. We were invited to see some of the indigenous Berber people’s homes in the underground Kasbahs, it was a humbling experience.

We made our way to climb the sand dunes of Erg Chigaga, where we watched the breath taking sunset. After dinner we learned to play the drums with the locals and danced around the bonfire. It got chilly at night but the nomad tents kept us perfectly warm. We saddled our camels bright and early for a short trek before we headed out. Great company calls for fun times. It was hard to say good-bye.IMG_9224IMG_9230IMG_8942IMG_9010IMG_8944IMG_9120IMG_9334DSC01194DSC01197IMG_9514IMG_9120 copy