PhotoPOSTcard: This is Marrakesh

For me, this photo summarizes my Marrakesh experiences in the Medina – the old, historic district of the city. Colorful carpets for sale hanging on the ocher colored walls that are characteristic of all the buildings in Marrakesh. The Zellij  tiles that decorated so many of the Moroccan buildings. And the ubiquitous mopeds that I had to constantly dodge and avoid as I wandered the old lanes of the Medina.  Marrakesh was a colorful and noisy assault on all my senses.

Thanks for visiting.

Rose

A Day in Essaouira, Morocco

On a recent visit to Marrakesh, I had the opportunity to experience a private day trip to the nearby coastal town of Essaoura. I was surprised to find that Essaouira was so much more relaxed and laid back than Marrakesh. Even with a short day in Essaouira, I discovered that its beach vibe felt more akin to being in the Caribbean than on the African coast.

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PhotoPOSTcard: In Essaouria, Morocco

Essaouira sits on Morocco’s Atlantic coast and has a laid back beach vibe that feels a little more Caribbean than African. The city’s ramparts, which were built in the early 1500’s by the Portuguese, protected the natural harbor from invaders, and also provided a sanctuary to the pirates that at one time set anchor here. Today Essaouria is known for its music and arts scene and the ramparts are a draw for photographing tourists.

Please note that my visit to Essaouria was hosted by Time Out Marrakesh. All content is my own.

Thanks for visiting.

Rose

25 Sahara Desert Photos to Inspire Your Next Visit

I have posted some of my favorite photos from my Sahara Desert glamping experience as part of my PhotoPOSTcard series. I have combined those photos, along with others that I really like so that I can share my 25 favorite Sahara Desert photos to inspire your next visit to this amazing destination.

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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.

Thanks for visiting.

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.

Thanks for visiting.

Rose