Everyone in the group did
own thing in the Erfoud Market
The first Camel shot of the day
At the fossil beds
Ayse and her mother at
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Day 07 Merzouga
Caroline and Colleen are tasting dates at
the souk of Arfoud
We started the day with a walk through the market in Erfoud. We
purchased food to give to the Berber family that we visited later in the
day. The market was a local one that didn't seem to be visited by
tourists. The women dressed more conservatively, many wearing burkas. We
also noticed that many men used bicycles for transportation.
We travelled through the desert to Merzouga in 4 wheel drive vehicles.
We passed mirages and camels several times along the way. We stopped at
an area with fossils embedded in rocks, and lots of people trying to
sell us fossil souvenirs. We visited a Berber family and had our picnic
lunch in their tent. They served us mint tea and fresh bread - the best
bread so far. We bought dolls and a shawl made by the daughter. We
continued on over sand dunes to an oasis and Merzouga
The donkey is waiting to be loaded with the
It was the Holiday of the Sahara people.
there was loud music in the town center
Our first stop in the desert was a tiny
village. They got the electricity lines only few weeks ago.
Arfoud is known for their fossil fields.
The villagers who were selling fossils surrounded us only 2 minutes
after we arrived at the rocks.
We arrived at a Berber tent.
The family turned out to be a Berber family that Meli knew from 12 years
They gave us a very warm welcome. Ayse, the young girl of the family
quickly baked a loaf of bread. The mother prepared mint tea.
Our first site of the