Author: Sandra

The Sahara Desert: Morocco Style

After leaving the mountains, we entered the Moroccan portion of the Sahara desert – the third largest desert in the world. The rugged mountains slowly turned into soft dunes of sand, with streaks of sand blowing across the road with every gust of wind (reminding us of the snow drifts we’re used to seeing in Canada). The towns, built out of mud and straw as we mentioned previously, were difficult to make out on the horizon – blending in well with their surroundings. Few inhabit this area due to the harsh living conditions. We settled in the tiny village...

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Atlas Mountains: The Best (And Worst) Drive in Morocco

Our first day of driving took us into the Atlas Mountains, the mountain range that crosses through the center of Morocco, separating the Atlantic coast from the desert. The scenery of this area is beautiful and dramatic, with an overall tranquil feel.   Tizi n’Tichka Pass To get up and over the highest part of the mountains required driving over the Tizi n’Tichka pass, a winding switchback into the mountains. This pass is much lower than the highest elevation of the Atlas Mountains, which goes over 4000 m high with snow peaked caps.   Rockin’ the Kasbah After coming...

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Road Trippin’ in Morocco

We rented a car for the majority of our trip to Morocco, taking us in an incomplete circle from Marrakesh to Casablanca. Our major stops are to include: Marrakesh – Ait Benaddou – Merzouga – Fes – Chefchahouen – Casablanca. When we told locals we were driving around the country, many were excited about the beautiful sites we would see. However, there were also many words of advice about driving defensively, avoiding the dark, and being weary of corrupt cops looking to make some extra cash. We took this advice to heart, planning our driving routes in the early...

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Marrakesh: Welcome to Morocco

Our introduction to the African country of Morocco started in the vibrant city of Marrakesh. The city is known for its ancient medina, with a winding maze of souks, artisan shops, shrines and riads, all contained within red dyed walls of stone. Just outside of the medina is the modern world of Ville Nouvelle, built by the French with trendy cafes, boutiques and gardens.   Marrakesh Medina The equivalent of Europe’s old towns are Morocco’s medinas. Medinas are fortified ancient town centres, traditionally with many narrow winding alleys you can get easily lost in. The streets are packed full...

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Keukenhof Gardens: Tulips for Days

The Keukenhof Tulip Gardens in the Netherlands are one of the largest gardens in the world. They cover an area of over 79 acres and are planted annually with over 7 million tulip bulbs! The gardens are only open for several weeks from April to May, and last time we were in Holland we unfortunately missed them by a mere few weeks. When we realized we had a 5-hour layover in Amsterdam on our way to Morocco, we were quick to schedule a visit. After all, I don’t know that there is a much better way to spend a...

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