Rockin’ the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

Visiting the UNESCO heritage site of Ait Bn Haddou was a stop on my three day trip to the Sahara from Marrakesh, Morocco. Ait Ben Haddou is a well preserved and restored example of a ksar, that is, a collection of traditional earthen houses surrounded by a defensive wall and protective corner towers. Here is my experience of Ait Ben Haddou in photos.

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PhotoPOSTcard: A Living Movie Set

On the way to the Sahara desert, we made a brief stop at the Ait-Ben-Haddou UNESCO site. The site is recognized as a great example of a ksar, a collection of earthen dwellings built behind defensive walls which are reinforced by angle towers. At one time, the village was part of a thriving commercial trading route between the Sudan and Marrakesh. Today however, the site has been abandoned except for tourists, hawkers selling their wares, and the film industry. The guides make sure to let you know that the movie Gladiator and scenes in The Game of Thrones were filmed here.

My Sahara Desert experience was hosted by Merzouga Luxury Desert Camps. All content is my own.

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Rose

 

PhotoPOSTcard: Hospitality in the Sahara Desert

Adorable four year old Hisna and her grandfather Mbarek treated us to hot Moroccan tea under their low slung tent as we toured the Moroccan Sahara desert. The tent was basically a large cloth supported by posts under which the family had placed many cushions and a few round tray tables. Hisna’s family are Berber nomads who live the six colder months in the desert and then move with all their belongings to the mountains for the six warmer months. Like most little children, Hisna was initially shy in our presence, but then quickly warmed up to us, eventually going round and giving everyone kisses. Meeting this family and sharing their hospitality was a truly unique and humbling experience.

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Rose

 

 

PhotoPOSTcard: A Sahara Desert Sunset

The sunset in the Sahara desert was pretty spectacular also.

My Sahara desert experience was hosted by Merzouga Luxury Desert Camps. All content is my own.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: A Sahara Desert Sunrise

An iconic sunrise photo in the Sahara desert has to include camels.

This wonderful experience was hosted by Merzouga Luxury Desert Camps. All content is my own.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Glamping in the Moroccan Sahara

Bucket list item: glamping under a sky full of stars in the Sahara desert. Check.

Despite a crescent moon hanging low in the sky, the milky way and a million other stars were visible in the night sky as I lay on a sand dune in the Sahara desert, looking up and contemplating the vastness of the universe.

Thanks to Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp for hosting such an amazing experience.

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Rose

 

25 London Photos to Inspire Your Next Visit

I have posted many individual photos of my London visits in my PhotoPOSTcard series. I thought I would put together my favorite 25 London photos  to inspire your next London experience (though it was hard to pare down the list to just 25). 25 photos is certainly not enough to showcase everything that London has to offer, but it is enough to show how colorful and charming and unique London can be.

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PhotoPOSTcard: Remembering With Flames

To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War I, 10,000 flames were lit nightly for eight nights in the moat surrounding the Tower of London. Beyond the Deepening Shadow is a public project designed to commemorate the lives of the fallen. A moving choral sound track also accompanied the flames and provided a somber setting as residents walked the full circle of the tower in order to take it all in.

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Rose