THE ROAD BEST TRAVELLED

THE ROAD BEST TRAVELLED PART 7: ATLANTIC VISTAS — FES TO CASABLANCA

I make a little square by putting my thumbs and index fingers together and look out through the window. With this little bit of finger-cropping, I could swear that the view is “somewhere” in rural Canada or the American Midwest. The terrain gently undulates under a carpet of broad fields of knee-high wheat and barley. …

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THE ROAD BEST TRAVELLED PART 6: BEYOND THE DESERT: MIDELT TO FES

GOOD MORNING! Ready to go?? Okay. We’re getting a nice early start, so I’m scheming… How’m I going to advocate for my hidden agenda? Yes, we’re heading for Fes, and yes, we’re going to go through Azrou and Ifrane… but I’m going to try to convince my fresh and well-rested ever-faithful driver to take a …

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THE ROAD BEST TRAVELLED PART 5: BEYOND THE DESERT: ZIZ VALLEY TO MIDELT/FES

Today, we’re driving one of my very favorite routes: Erfoud to Fes, and I’m on the hunt for pictures. This route is seldom written about. It’s true that the route to the desert from Marrakech through Ouarzazate and up through Skoura and Tineghir has many rewarding and well-publicized attractions like Ait Ben Haddou and the …

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THE ROAD BEST TRAVELLED PART 4: SIGHTSEEING THE ROUTE DES KASBAH: SKOURA TO TINGHIR

It’s hard to be anything other than a morning person in Morocco. Around 4:15, the first call to prayer drifts gently over rooftops. To me, it sounds like, “Come ONNNN, sleepyhead…” Then the real call to prayer comes around 5:30. Yes, I admit, more than once I’ve whispered to myself, “Thank goodness I’m not Muslim,” …

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THE ROAD BEST TRAVELLED Part 3: Ouarzazate – Gateway to the Desert

This is deceptively fertile ground for an imagination that wants to go wild. Ouarzazate is another red city bleached to terracotta peach and pink by the relentless sun. It lies at the crossroads of age-old trade routes linking North and West African regions, and eventually, the European ports along Morocco’s Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts. I …

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THE ROAD BEST TRAVELLED PART 1: MARRAKECH – MERZOUGA (ERG CHEBBI)

Morocco is one of those countries where the journey is the destination. Yes, you’ll tell stories about the amazing cities, the beaches, the mountains, the desert… but never without also remembering the road. We’re heading to the Erg Chebbi desert from Marrakech. I love the road between Marrakech and Merzouga, and I’ve travelled it in both directions. …

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