(This is from back in February when my parents visited...)
After our weekend in Fez, we returned to Casablanca for a day. Good family friends, Jack and MaryAnn Jackson, arrived Monday afternoon to accompany us on our next journey. We spent the afternoon/evening walking around Casablanca, eventually heading to the Grand Mosque down by the ocean. While tours were done for the day, they did get to look inside and we were able to be there for one of the 'Call to Prayer' times. It's a neat experience to hear the Arabic words pipe through the speakers while actually AT the mosque.The next day, we took a train to Meknes where we would meet our driver/guide Hicham and start our journey south. Our destination was Merzouga, which is on the eastern edge of Morocco and part of the Western Sahara Desert. It took us all day to drive down there, but we saw some amazing scenery along the way, driving through the Mid-Atlas Mountains, and then the High Atlas Mountains as well. We even saw some monkeys along the way.
After more purchases from the one shop in town, we went back to our Nomad Palace and had a bit of time to relax before lunch. This place had one of the coolest pools ever, because it was shaped in the hand of Fatima. This is a very popular Moroccan symbol; an amulet of sorts thought to ward off the evil eye. Or, in other words, keep evil spirits away. Anyway, this was the pool...
|Our camel caravan...Dad, MaryAnn, Me, Mom, & Jack|
It was timed out perfectly, as we arrived at our camp about an hour or so before sunset. We climbed a smaller dune to watch the sunset. Jack and I then climbed a higher dune to watch the sunset a second time. :)
Our caravan guides were a couple of pretty young guys. They were from 'the school of life' as Moroccans like to say. They spoke very good English, all of which was learned through conversation, as they most definitely have never had any formal schooling in terms of English. They made our journey fun...