The Deserters

The next day the two of us left Marrakech for a couple of days for a trip through the Atlas mountains to the Sahara Desert. We met our driver early in the morning and before I was even fully awake we were hurtling through rugged landscape whilst listening to Arabic music. A real initiation into Moroccan life.

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Ait Benhaddou

Our first stop was the ksar, a fortified city, of Ait Benhaddou it was a common stop along the caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. It is now a UNESCO world heritage site with 10 or so families still living in the basic city. The rest have moved across the dried up river to the more modern village

Here I learnt what a kasbah is (a family home with four towers), how to tie a scarf like a real nomad (see picture below), what agadir means, (lookout) where Game of Thrones is filmed (plus a whole host of other films).

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The dried up river should be in plain bed between the old city and the palm tree. You can also see the agadir at the top of the hill.

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Before long we were back on the road for a whistlestop tour of Ouzarzate and a couple of rest stops to admire the scenery.

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IMAG3757 The day didn’t end there but I think I’m going to have to end this post here before it trails on and on…. Read more  about it tomorrow.

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