Soon after we left Fes
It started snowing
A nice coffee break at Ifrane
The lion of Ifrane
The Village of Nyzala -
a home visit
We are now at the very east of
Morocco on the
Valley of Ziz
The Oasis of Valley of Ziz
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Day 07 Merzouga
monsoon-like rains of yesterday have disappeared, and we were glad to
see blue sky as we were leaving Fes. The King of Morocco is in Fes
today, and traffic seemed a bit frantic, even for rush hour. After
visiting 4 major cities (Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, and Fes), leaving
the urban hustle and bustle is a welcome change.
Rather quickly we are back in olive groves, but
with plenty of evidence of urban expansion mixed in. Cloud-covered
hills loom in the distance. The first rain of the season was welcomed
by everyone, except, perhaps, by tourists, including us!
An initial lively discussion about favorite
eggplant recipes gave way to the pleasant lethargy of an extended travel
day, as our bus began climbing into the red-soiled hills. We pass some
kiwi orchards, funded in part, by EU grants. Suddenly we are back in
heavy rain, but the road is good and the traffic light. And then a
dusting of snow!
Stopping in Ifrane, a university town with a ski
resort nearby, we are a bit surprised at the cold and snow, and a warm
coffee is welcome. Robert threw a snowball at Meli, and missed!
snow, and Atlas apes looking for handouts.
We continued along a high plateau dotted
occasionally by small Berber settlements which looked not too
prosperous. The landscape is harsh - rocky and inhospitable, and mostly
above treeline, but with a certain beauty.
Our driver's excellent skills in handling the
windy road, descending through cedar forest, give us a feeling of
confidence so we can relax, read, or snooze.
Heading toward Midelt, the clouds lower, and rain
begins again, heavily.
Lunch of vegetable soup, and trout (and vegetable
tagine for Robert) makes a nice change, and the clouds clear
considerably while we're eating. Then, shortly after lunch, as we are
speeding along the highway, Meli asks our driver to stop at a family
home she has visited a number of times. Despite lack of notice and no
common language, they graciously served us tea and biscuits. The home
is simple, spotlessly clean, and has all the modern appliances!
Then on the road again, past adobe houses,
occasional herds of sheep, date palm trees (and date sellers), and
beautiful mountains. The wind blows in gusts, and the lake we drive by
needs the winter rains. Finally, as the sun is setting, we drive along
a beautiful gorge and into an oasis of date palms.
Our destination of Erfoud appears just as we are
all on the ragged edge of weariness. Tonight's buffet supper should
give everyone a chance to find something they enjoy, and we have a late
start tomorrow morning to look forward to.
Another wonderful Moroccan day, thanks to Meli and
our sweet driver.
The restaurant where we had lunch
Colleen did not have to be back in Canada to
see the early snow
Robert is very happy with his vegetable
We learned about the US election results at
where we visited in the Atlas mountain