Our trip to Morocco was for two weeks, and we wanted to focus on art and architecture. Our travel specialist showed the most interest, initially, to work with me to have the kind of trip I had envisioned. He presented options for locations and accommodations. He arranged a trip that did meet and exceed our requirements. He met every timeline and communicated prior to and after our trip to check on any needs that he could meet, and to see if we were happy with the service he provided.
From the moment our driver picked us up at the airport in Casablanca for our several hours' drive to Marrakech we knew we were in good hands. The guide assigned to us became my "third son" as we enjoyed him so. He was knowledgeable about so many facets of the country from history to geography to flora. He always maintained a positive and upbeat attitude. He was flexible if we wanted to change up the itinerary and linger in one spot longer or add in additional stops.
Morocco is a beautiful and diverse country and we could not have asked for a better introduction and deep dive into the culture, the art and the architecture than we got with this well planned and perfectly executed trip.
Seeing the sunrise over the Sahara has been a lifelong dream, that has now come true. The experience in the desert camp was not to be missed, and the camaraderie of the staff and visitors made is even more special.
Chefchaouen has been on my list of must see places for some time. I was enthralled with the colors, the shadows, the twisting hillside steps and walkways and the cultural differences of that area of Morocco.
Meknes was a surprise, and I especially loved the old stables where 12,000 horses once lived, all with their own fresh water supply. My photos from that stop are my favorites with the sunlight and the arches of that historical structure.
The Riad in Fez was palatial and the food there was indescribable. A mix of haute cuisine with Moroccan flavors. The very best, hands down, pastille is to be had in Fex.
I was unaware of the geographical and cultural diversity of Morocco. We traveled through the High Atlas, the Middle Atlas and the Rif Mountains, and saw the Berbers, the Saharan tribes, and the mountain tribes, all in their native costumes, and going about their daily lives unaware of the tourists looking at them.
New Year's Eve was a surprise. We stayed at a small Riad in Skoura. The staff made the evening unforgettable. Mechoui is a whole lamb cooked in a traditional earthen oven built for that specifically. The Riad owner and his wife joined us for the New Year's Eve festivities, which included all guests watching the lamb emerge from the oven and be placed on a large silver platter. The food was special, each and every dish prepared with love and attention, and the entertainment was amazing. From the 4 local musicians with their drums and stringed instruments to the belly dancer and the DJ, we had a wonderful time that culminated with all guests, musicians, dancers and wait staff dancing the night away.
I would have added in two more stops so that the car travel was not so long on two of the days.
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