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Day 17: Saturday April 16, 2022 – Marrakesh Express

Today we leave Essouira and return to Marrakesh. Here is how we see Omar every day. He has a crick in his neck from turning to the left to talk with us. Here is what Omar sees. One of our travel mates wanted to see white goats in the argon trees. This man chains them to the trees and charges people that take pictures. Neither G Adventures nor us support this...

Day 18: Easter Sunday, April 18, 2022 – Homeward Bound

We left for home. We were up before the sun rises. I searched for an Easter sunrise service in Morocco but was unsuccessful. However, my heart joins with others to say, “He is Risen!” We said goodbye to our fellow travelers and most of all our guide, Omar, who has been a wonderful ambassador for his country. Our flight goes from Marrakesh to Paris to...

Day 16: Friday, April 15, 2022 – Hamman-ing We Will Go

We slept late and went to a wonderful buffet at our seaside hotel. We walked out to an expansive beach and watched many kite surfers. It is very windy here. A soccer ball came my way and I was asked to retrieve it. The ball blew away from me and I couldn’t catch up to it!! Ha We went to the port where all of the fishing boats were moored. They were a beautiful...

Day 15: Thursday, April 14, 2022 – Picnic by the Atlantic Ocean

Essaouira also has argon trees in the Anti-Atlas Mountains and has the perfect conditions for growing them. It seems like everywhere that you look, we see the argan trees. Even though argan trees grow in Brazil and Israel, Morocco is the place where the fruit (nut) is produced. This means that it is only place that you can get oil. It is not edible … to humans...

Day 14: Wednesday, April 13, 2022 – Lunch on the Mountain

Rob needed to do some laundry. He brought a line to hang them up near our room. There is no worry that they will dry. The only worry is all the birds that we hear. This might be a good use of a scarecrow!! Back on the bus for a long day of driving. We go up, up, up. I never knew that Morocco was so mountainous. Bus riding gives us a chance to see things, nap, ask...

Day 13: Tuesday, April 12, 2022 – Taroudant

We traveled to Taroudant which is often called the grandmother of Marrakesh. At the beginning of the 16th century, Taroudant was briefly the capital before moving to Marrakesh. The walls around the city were built in those ten years. However, Marrakesh in the north was on a better trade route, was more established, and had many monuments. This unique city...

Day 12: Monday, April 11, 2022 – Saffron and Argan

We leave our oasis behind. Here is our vehicle driven by Larbi. Some days are through hot deserts and some days are windy narrow hairpin turns in the mountains. I wonder what that might be like if traveling 52 days by camel … bandits, wells, oases, shade trees, wind storms, etc. The trip would include time for relaxing for a few days along the way and for daily...

Day 11: Sunday, April 10, 2022 – Palm Sunday

Brenda, Hassan our host and the two drivers. Our driver is in white and his name is Fetah. He is a musician AND a driver. We were in two cars and would often get side by side to race until… …we got another flat tire!! This is the second one of the trip, but they are always ready to make the change. I took the opportunity to look out over the Sahara in the...

Day 10: Saturday, April 9, 2022 – Somewhere in the Sahara

Just like in America, people are migrating from rural areas to the big urban areas. Mainly this is for work, but in Morocco it is also to have a modern way of life. Running water and electricity are desired. However, we are seeing lots of solar panels and wells in the villages. Sub-Saharan people come to Marrakesh trying to get enough money to cross into Europe. They...

Day 9: Friday, April 8, 2022 – HAPPY BIRTHDAY

April 8th is the date that all my children were born. Our oldest daughter Elle was joined by triplet sisters, Amy, Donna, and Julie, on her 4th birthday. We have had lots of wonderful adventures, but our daughters have been the best adventure by far!!! Happy Birthday to all!! As we leave the hotel, I am impressed with this decorative way to keep the water near the...