By now we’re a little over a month in Morocco, but still on our way home. Maybe it’s not the most direct road 2 Laufenburg, but somehow and somewhen we’ll reach it.
Our last post ended on Tizi-n- Aït- Hamed this spectacular mountain pass going up 2 3000m altitude.
16th November 2014
Once back from the mountains we needed a place safe from rain and the pretty cold weather. We found a nice accommodation in Agoulzi. Maybe not the very cheapest option, but what the hell.
17th November 2014
After Rosental the back roads of the Road of the Kasbahs led us to the Dades Gorge. Of course u won’t get this place without some fellow tourists. It just makes it more interesting – if u’r tired of gorges, u may analyze some tourist lifestyle. We stayed at the very nice Hotel Tifawen, a few km outside the gorge.
The next day we went up the gorge…
… and drove the back roads towards Todra Gorge again mostly on small gravel roads and over the 3000m high mountain pass of Tizi-n-Ouano and the 2700m high pass of Tizi Tirherhouzine.
19th November 2014
Then the Todra Gorge and the back roads to the Assoul and the Rheris Gorges; all on paved roads and less spectacular than the days before.
20th November 2014
Then enough of gorges and mountain passes, we drove 2 the south-east 2 Merzoua 2 visit the famous Erg Chebbi.
Again weather was not 2 fine. We had some sandstorms and later some rain and the whole time temperatures u get the impression Morocco is next 2 the North Pole.
We stayed at the Kasbah Erg Chebbi – a place with a lot of Moroccan Saloons – places where everybody survives while storm watching in the desert.
22th November 2014
The meteo service announced heavy rains in Southern Morocco. Time 2 leave for the north.
On the way we got the proof of the correct meteorological prediction – especially in the Ziz Gorge.
We stayed a night at the Panorama Hotel in Azrou, admired the cedar trees and then moved on to Fes.
24th November 2014
In Fes we explored all the souks.
After having bypassed the hell a lot of touts, false guides and other wannabes we even visited the tanneries. Contrary 2 the outside, in their courtyard all hassles stopped immediately. Everybody was very astonished 2 c 2 odd tourists walking between all these bad-smelling sheep skins and speaking 2 them.
Further north we reached Chefchaouen. A very picturesque town with its famous blue houses. On the way the landscape changed considerably. Out of the desert into the Mediterranean vegetation, all densely cultivated.
26th November 2014
Next morning again cloudy’n’rainy weather – in the meantime the usual picture in this part of the world. So we moved on 2 Tanger, where we planned 2 take the ferry 2 Spain.
We stayed at the most famous hotel in town with the nicest view u may have in Tanger – the Continental. At least in the past it was 1 of the World Leading Hotels – typical guests were Alex the Great, Caesar, Queen Victoria and a bit 2 late Enimen. Nowadays maybe it’s a little bit faded – but its prize reflects that situation.
We had a lunch at a street side restaurant and strolled thru the Medina and the Kasbah.
The next morning we only had 1 option: storm watching. And that’s what we did the whole day.
More about our trip soon – the adventures on another continent.
Last but not least this post’s 6-Pack:
U arrive in any country in West Africa. No idea which phone provider would be appropriate. It’s easy simply look at the houses. If u’r a little used 2 the system, even reading is not needed – it’s all about the right colour.