For my first travel for the year 2013, I was able to visit my 3rd continent, AFRICA! Woohoo!
And to where did I go? Morocco!
I booked a flight here thinking that I’ll be needing a quick escape from London’s winter and because I’d love to eat more Moroccan dishes! hehehe I was able to buy a discount voucher online that allowed me to scoop up bargain steals for accommodations there. So I invited (girl) friends to tag along with me. It was a trip that was full of laughter, endless stories, yummy foods and memorable time! :D
The seven of us playing with our shadows! :D
Day 1. I love this intricate architecture of Marrakech-Menara Airport. It’s so beautiful!
Day 1. Things we needed for this travel: Money. Smartphones. Travel guide – although Morocco is part of Africa, it’s also included in LP’s Europe on a shoestring guide. Shades. And ah.. uhm.. cigarettes for others -_-
Day 1. A local hauling woods onto the back of his cart
Day 1. First meal in Marrakech: tagines – a method of cooking dishes in a clay pot – and pizzas!
Day 1. Walking around sunny Morocco is such a refreshing change coming from snowy UK!
Day 1. One of the many alleys inside the medina (old city). This one in particular reminds me of the “Where The Hell Is Matt?” video!
Day 2. One of our must do here was to ride a camel. My companions were scared to ride the camels. It was too funny we even took a video of them! Another must do is to visit the Sahara but that would require an overnight stay in the desert which would have been perfect were it not for the lack of time. *sigh*
Day 2. They started enjoying our ride once we got going. :)
Day 2. Lambs sent out to graze by their shepherds.
Day 2. Enroute to Ourika Valley, I would just be mesmerized by the view in front of us that I repeatedly asked our driver to pull over so I could take pictures such as this!
Day 2. Moroccan ladies making argan oil the traditional way.
Day 2. Again, we had to stop because it’s just too beautiful not to admire! haha
Day 2. JUMP!!! -thanks for the picture Anne!
Day 2. An elderly lady leading her lambs up into the mountains
Day 2. I was disappointed when I saw the small waterfall pictured in the background coz I know that our destination is the waterfalls and this one is too small. Turns out, we were just halfway there! Whew!
Day 2. Distracted with the unfamiliar terrain and busy making sure I don’t fall on our way up, I didn’t notice that we were really high up in the mountains already! I loved it!
Day 2. Our guide asked me whether I wanted to take the same route back or whether we’d be willing to climb more but the first part would be a “bit more difficult” but easy thereafter -our guide’s words, not mine. Of course I chose the latter as it pleases me to keep trying new things. I was happy with my choice because despite the fact that it wasn’t really easier, the view more than made up for it!
Day 3. Back on the road again! This time, we’re headed west to visit Essaouira, the coast!
Day 3. I was informed that this is a forest. And I thought to myself, if this is a forest, what would they say to our forest back in the Philippines? hehehe
Day 3. Essaouira is also known for their craftwork. I bought a beautiful box that they call “magic box” since one can’t open it unless shown how to. :D
Day 3. It’s pretty cool how we were up in the mountains the day before and by the beach the next! Lots of kids were practicing football when we got there. :)
Day 3. Would have wanted to swim but forgot my swimwear -and I’m guessing the water would be quite cold seeing as it’s winter time. hehe
Day 3. Having a relaxing day for a change.
Day 3. Our friend, Ava, had her birthday that day and the thoughtful people in our accommodation, Riad Zayane Atlas, made note of it when they served us delicious dinner that night!
Day 4. Time for some pampering. We booked ourselves some traditional Moroccan scrub – hammam, and the others went on to have massage. I’ll definitely have another hammam if given the chance!
Day 4. Checking out Moroccan goods and souvenirs.
Day 4. The Djemaa El-Fna at dusk is starting to come alive!
Day 4. Everywhere in the medina is full of hustle and bustle. It’s so alive! I love it! Just remember to be careful of pickpockets and some would try to make you pay for huge amount. Enjoy yourself but always be vigilant.
Day 4. Marrakech’s medina
Day 4. Savouring my last afternoon in sunny Morocco!
Africa is beautiful in its own rugged way. Anyone up for cheap Egypt holidays? :D
Travel Wish List for 2013!