Saturday, January 30, 2010

Morocco Part II

The beauty of this meticulously hand-painted, hand-carved door (probably a couple of centuries old) exemplifies the beauty found all over this land. Morocco is like a huge rough rock with many precious gems to be found inside.

I've taken a lot of photos and I hope you do take the time to look through them to see more of this very interesting country. I can't wait to go back in the future and explore some more!

Click here to see the photos!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Morocco Part I

(NB: The videos work now - had to upload them to YouTube)

We recently traveled to Morocco for a short holiday trip (it's only a 3 hour flight, so why not?!). We spent our time in Fes and in the Erg Chebbi dunes in the Sahara desert. Until I get the photos uploaded, here are 2 short videos for you.

One is from within the Fes medina in the souks. This medina is far more interesting and dynamic than captured in this video. The noises, smells and stimuli were endless. Several times, I even had to jump to get out of the way of loaded donkeys hauling various goods, lol!

This short one is in the dunes...

What I can say, even from our short visit, is that this country is simply amazing. The country is is incredibly rich in both culture and nature. The diversity of nature and dramatic, scenic landscapes was really a surprise for me...we traveled through snow in the Atlas mountains, through rugged moon-like and Irish-like landscapes, and of course experienced the desert...there is also much more to this country (incl. beaches, other interesting ancient cities, etc. etc.) than we were able to see on this visit.

I highly recommend this country to travelers. People are very friendly, it's not a strict Muslim country; however, I do recommend traveling with someone if you're female!

We'll definitely be heading back to explore Marrakesh and other interesting places in the future!

More to come soon....