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