"Love the people and colours and sights of Morocco!" Top 5 Page for this destination Morocco by angiebabe

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The Dades Valley area

This guy selliing cups of water at the Kelaa Mgouna Rose Festival was a case - he wanted money for taking his picture - of course as most do - ie they either put their hands over their face and spoil a good shot or they demand money which when one thinks about it, what exactly is it we are paying for - what do they expect we do with these photos to rationalise paying money for them? and i took two as he moved the cup and it went out of frame but his facial expression didnt change! he has this amazing look on his face - almost unreadable and conjures all sorts of things that might be or just might not be going in that head of his!

The Draa Valley - drive with diversity

You never know what you will see around the next corner! my camera is always at the ready and if its not I miss something!
Morocco is such a country of sights! - diversity in the landscapes and geographics, numerous people groups wearing different clothing and colours from area to area, and the fact that the majority of people are still living on the land uncommercialised ie with donkeys and mules and even camels theres the richness that comes with this

The beautiful but harsh and remote Telouet area

Another of my favourite areas, probably the most, is the area up in the High Atlas of Tizin Tichka where the Glaoui ruled the south of Morocco.
There is such a history here and so much still to see from that history.

Berber villages abound in beautiful valleys with fruit and almond trees in blossom around February and March with lush green fields of wheat and even poppies through to late May and June, and snow on the mountains to add to the beauty from sometimes as early as November through to March.

The beautiful Glaouis kasbahs and palaces that abound throughout the area through to the salt mines on the old caravan routes which provided them with wealth and power and the hospitable peoples that have endured and make their lives there in the remoteness.

Been thinking - I should add that this page on Morocco I am going to make as MY MOROCCO! - that is other pages that ive visted, can and have written tips of the things to see and do will stay as that and - well this page will be on the places that are favourites and special places to me - maybe recommendations and suggestions that will enhance your or anothers trip to and experiences in this surprisingly and amazingly diverse country with so many spectacular sights and special things about it that I have gradually discovered over my numerous visits since 2003.

I would love it if any of this would show the joy thats been gathered and experienced here - amongst the tears and hardships! - and help you have a great visit there too.

As for the photos they are definitely owned by me, taken by me and a lot of blood, sweat and tears has gone into a lot of these! Not just the trials and tribulations of uploading, from what ive been told keeping them on high resolution makes uploading slower, and they are staying on high resolution to keep the quality I want to have available, and theres been a lot of effort gone into the uploading of these babies!

Secondly the effort into many of these photos has been there in Morocco - the difficulty in getting good people shots takes a lot of patience and theres a cost in opportunist Moroccans who dont see the point in stopping or slowing down to take just another photo!
that beautiful snow topped background of the Atlas above those tall cedar trees and spectacular winding road - perfect shot!- delegated to memory - or those photos that had to wait till another visit with another rental car and on your own to return to get those shots! Those tourists who were told No - you cant stop here! and missed the stunning view from the top of TizinTichka who didnt get the chance again for fear of upsetting their driver! well .... Theres some here worth a lot to me! So if you see any you like - please dont help yourself!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:so many beautiful sights - landscapes - history - diversity in the people groups - language, music,art,
  • Cons:well...
  • Last visit to Morocco: Sep 2012
  • Intro Updated Sep 29, 2012
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  • wise23girl's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Greta photos and info...This is a place I would love to visit

  • Bennytheball's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    I can read the Rose Festival water seller's face perfectly, and know exactly what's going around in his head, he's a real chancer, not even dressed properly as an itinerant Moroccan water seller, (see my Casablanca Medina travelogue for photos of the real article)......he's assuming an expression of contrived and cunning despair, hoping for your female tourist sympathy vote, and a lot more than the standard one dirham for a cup of water.....easy one to suss out!

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Feb 17, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      ha ha this still makes me laugh...your Glaswegian suds not revamping the Wierneckes up againI hope

    • Bennytheball's Profile Photo
      Feb 18, 2014 at 6:04 AM

      Newsflash from Bennysville!!!!!!!Wernicks, the evil LDL's and other nasty contaminants have now received the red light and are in full retreat. The result of my recent blood test was greeted with rapturous applause by staff at the local health centre, and 'doc' jubilantly exclaimed "gosh! you're not even on the graph now, Benny!" So, "koolshee mezyan" and it's green light all the way on my impending return to the hot African sun in April, and in particular, unfettered boisterous benders in the notorious Bar Hafra. Actually, I must try to refrain from extolling the delights of this elite watering hole because last year I noticed more than just the occasional nervous European drifting in and immediately seeking refuge, requesting to sit at Benny's 'reserved' table, strategically located under the kitchen hatch to intercept first choice of tapas being delivered. Fortunately, the deafening Arab pop music renders normal conversation impossible, so I didn't have to communicate with any boring stuffy types, but the (French) refugees started to munch my extra -privileged tapas rations (Omar, the waiter always receives a substantial tip to ensure I'm adequately fed!)
      Fox news!!!!!!!! the wee man is playing a cunning game, still invisible, but leaves his pretty footprints in the mud around his feeding plate every night to confirm his presence, but the neighbour's cat has gone missing, I suspect the foxcub bumped it off and ate it for dessert. I discovered that the greedy fat cat was nibbling at the feeding plate, the fox might have caught it and dispensed summary justice!.............That's all the news from 'Chez Benny', and (gasp!) looking back over my long ramble I think it surpasses one of your 'novels'........hahaha......Benny.

  • wabat's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Angela, made a start on your page tonight and I be back soon for more. While ive not been to Morocco its certainly on the list and more so now based on your great tips and photos.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Hello, Angela! Thanks for your informative and detailed page about Morocco! You really have a great Morocco travel experience!

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Sep 5, 2013 at 7:04 AM

      thanks so much Victor :) hope you have the opportunity to visit MOrocco one day!?

  • CDM7's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    Your excellent pages on Morocco have encouraged me to book a few days there in November.

    • CDM7's Profile Photo
      May 10, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      How far is it to these other locations?

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      May 10, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      ESsaouira is a lot quicker to get to now that the road has been improved and half of it is virtually highway and a bit of freeway so about 2 hours each way. maybe less. Easy enough anyway for us to a couple of times stayed there instead of Marrakech before flying off frm Marrakech. Need about 3 hours there including a nice seafood lunch somewhere to get the feel of the place and see the sights.

      Telouet and Ouarzazate are 2-3 hours to get to. plus the sites to visit such as the Telouet Kasbah - half an hour to visit - and Ait Benhaddou at least an hour - and maybe a film studio in Ouarzazate.1-2 hours in Ouarzazate.

      Ourika and Ouikaimeden about the same 2 hours to get to or a bit less depending on traffic as a lot of Marrakechis go there for day drives on their weekends off - but the 3 suggestions are nice drives not just destinations.

  • into-thin-air's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Great page and fantastic hotel tips with some real bargains !!
    Love the pics to, especially the Dades Gorge which looks a real delight.
    Thanks for all the time you put into VT to write these wonderful and incredibly useful tips
    Best Regards
    Rob

    • into-thin-air's Profile Photo
      Apr 21, 2013 at 1:19 AM

      I think your Morocco pages are Excellent Angela and reflect the love that you have for this country – All the praise that you have received is well deserved, the info is excellent, the photos awesome and the hours that you have put into writing it all up has resulted in pages of a higher quality and standard that you would be likely to find in any guidebook – So all I can say is Well Done and Keep Up the Good Work Angela :-)

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Apr 21, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      thanks very much Rob. Same to you with your Nepal pages and well deserved to hear your praises over at other travel sites as well! Hopefully you will be able to fit in a visit to Morocco too before too long. Steve Broadbent of the Oxford Alpine climbing club has started coming here regularly and about to produce his 2nd edition for hikes and climbs in the area, if not already and a book well worth obtaining. I just bought Hamish Browns lovely pictorial book for a few of his off the beaten track hikes around the Atlas. So much love for Morocco in so many beautiful areas that I don't understand why people head only for the hassle of the cities and then complain they missed the magic!

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    Apr 17, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Hi Angie... i am finally in Europe. Tuscany at the moment and am now making tentative plans to head to Morocco for three weeks in early May if not late april... i will be devouring these pages tonight! Any further advice for a lone female traveller who would like to be able to go for some decent length runs in rural places..safely would be appreciated! Is it ok to wear running shorts there??? i have long tights if not but they are snug and not sure if thats wise either. I want to run if i can tho!
    I have been told flying in from Pisa is good and to stay more south than north of the country. Thoughts?

    many thanks and look forward to reading your pages when I get back from feeding the horses I am caring for here in rural Tuscany :)

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Apr 19, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      that sounds wonderful doings...and we know how beautiful Tuscany is! Ive sent you a long reply to your email!! from Morocco where Ive been getting back to lovely parts myself the last few days...valleys of apple orchards in flower and so on! and now in another of my faves the magical desert near Merzouga before we head for Tafraoute probably tomorrow...am planning to still be around til about the end of April...was thinking of getting to Madeira for its flower parade and vt meet in Malta but think I will give them a miss and stay a bit longer here....but am heading off to Turkey with 2 Morocans for 3 weeks in June and hopefully China in August so lots to continue looking forward to!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    Oh wow, very impressive page about Morocco you have! I've wanted to read this for ages, and finally managed. You make me curious to go and experience these marvellous colours, landscapes and people. Although my French is almost non-existent...

    • Trekki's Profile Photo
      Feb 3, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Yes, maybe one day :-) Thanks for your sweet offer! I think it is easier when I live "closer by" in Italy. But that will be ... not too far from now :-)

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Feb 5, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      That sounds lovely to be living in Italy! Though heaps of Germans make their way to Morocco for their annual holidays in MOrocco/...depends on how handy to an airport handyy with cheap flights...enjoy being back in your beloved Italy!

  • rudysmom626's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Hi Angela! Just wanted to let you know that your awesome Morocco pages have been featured on our Facebook page today! You can check it out here: facebook.com/VirtualTourist?...

    Nice work!
    Blake

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Jan 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      thanks very much Blake, sorry havent got back to thank you before now!

  • riorich55's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Wow, 55 different pages on Morocco. How many times have you been there?

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Oct 26, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      wow I hadnt counted how many pages! still a lot missing from them and much improvement needed too though. probably about 40 times...a lot of time there anyway and i burrow away. to make the most of my time there so have to been to a lot of places and festivals, met a lot of different people...but its so photogenic and Im comfortable there - away for 4-5 months from next week though for a change of scenery!

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