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Camels sea gorges

33 °C

Forgot this bit.

This comes before getting to Marrakech and after the camels.

There were kids on the side of the road holding out very small baby desert foxes to show us.

After showering, to get rid of half the desert, we had breakfast then we kept on driving through to the Todra Gorge. There were some rock climbers climbing, without helmets. The gorge was amazingly high and there was a lot of roadwork going on, which was annoying but it was good because they were widening the road, which was much too narrow and dangerous.

That night we stayed at a really nice hotel, it had a pool, which wasn't heated and it was freezing cold, Mum jumped in first and almost got out straight away and it was the same with me. All three of us went in the spa and the spa was perfectly warm.

The next day we had a very big breakfast then we left. We drove through the High Atlas mountains, I fell asleep probably due too the travel calm I took earlier. when I woke up we were still in the High Atlas and after that we had a brake and I bought a crystal. after more driving we stopped at a factory cutting and polishing fossils and I bought some fossils.

After a little more driving on a very winding road we came into Marrakech.

Gaelan signing off.

Posted by maximus007 01:45 Comments (0)

Marrakech

night life

sunny 26 °C

Hello class

We have made it to Marrakech and we have made it through the medina and got into the center and I think we are lucky that we have not been hit by a motorcycle, and on top of that we were been hassled too much and when we got to the center it got worse. After looking for 15min for food we decided to go to an okay stall with not so okay food. when we back to our riad we all slept like logs.

Djem el fnaa at night

Djem el fnaa at night

Morning

I woke up tired and grumpy, the worst thing is that I was going on a bus trip and the rumble of the bus will not let me sleep. when we got to Essaouira I saw a lot of kite surfers and a few kids playing soccer on the beach. we walked from the bus station to our hotel and stayed there for a while and then we made our way over to the docks.

Essaouira beach

Essaouira beach

Kite surfers

Kite surfers

THE DOCKS

Watch out for this

Watch out for this

At the docks I saw a lot of sea gulls and the gulls are massive, about the size of my chest. As usual the docks smell of fish, but these are not usual rotten fish, these ones are fresh out of the sea this morning. There were a lot of people building boats.

Moroccan Graffiti

Moroccan Graffiti

After the docks, we started to wander through the town and went to get a crepe. My crepe was Nutella and banana, and it was very good.

Banana and Nutella crepes - Yum

Banana and Nutella crepes - Yum

After wandering through the town we met back up on the beach, and we watched the kite surfers. Later we went out for dinner and it was very very nice.

Out for dinner

Out for dinner

it was getting very late, back to the riad and slept like logs.

We woke up at 10am and I was still tired and grumpy for two minutes. Soon after breakfast, we went to a motorbike mechanic to pump up our footy, but it popped!

A Sad Day

A Sad Day

So we went back to the hotel with a dead football, put it back and went and bought a soccer ball. We took it to the beach and played with it, and I kicked in the water a few times and Dad went and got it.

Later in the day I had a hammam (find it on Wikipedia). To start you lie in a hot, humid tiled room for a long time, and halfway through, you get really hot (and nice) water poured on you. Then you wait in the steam again, then you are soaped down. And some more waiting in the steam. Then you go up the front of the room and shampoo yourself, then have a rinse.

Back from a hammam

Back from a hammam

Then we had dinner and then bed.

Goodbye from Gaelan

Posted by maximus007 12:01 Archived in Morocco Tagged family_travel Comments (0)

sahara desert

typed on an arabic keyboard

overcast 33 °C

Hello again

We drove from Fez to Mergouza, on the way I fed a Barbary ape.
Going Ape

Going Ape

Two days ago I went on a camel into the Sahara desert and at the start I was half on my camel when it got up. When the camels stopped and sat down, my mum fell off and onto Ali, our guide. We gave our camels names, mums was nugget, it did lots of poos, mine was wedgie because it gave me wedgies, and dad's eric cantona, it made dad say ooh ah Cantona.
With Wedgie

With Wedgie

When we went down a sand dune I almost fell off. When we got to camp and we had dismounted mum was walking like a cowboy.

LATE NIGHT IN THE SAHARA

It was getting late when we reached camp and Hamid was waiting for us, he showed us our Berber tent that we were going to sleep in. After cleaning up we had mint tea("Moroccon whisky"), followed by dinner which was Harira soup, then Lamb and fruit tagine with bread, then oranges to finish.
Desert dinner

Desert dinner

After dinner, we went up onto a small dune and studied the night sky, looking at the star constellations which were different to the "Aussie" stars. We went back to the camp and Hamid played bongos and sang a Berber song for us. Then we went to bed.

EARLY MORNING

Hamid woke us early, to walk onto the dunes to see the sun rise, unfortunately there were clouds hanging around,so we didn't get to see the sun rise.
Sahara dawn

Sahara dawn

We went back to our camels for the ride home.

Goodbye from Gaelan.

Posted by maximus007 15:02 Archived in Morocco Tagged animal Comments (1)

Morocco!!! Yay!!!

Hi Gaelan,
In football news, Fremantle the West Australian derby and Richmond lost to Geeolong by 111 points. Oh dear!!
We looked at the map to see where Morocco is and some were surprised to hear that it is in Africa. The Medina sounds great, and big! The catacombs look really scary. Was it scary looking down from the Eiffel Tower?of course not. And did you walk up or take the lift?? lift or we might still be there

Mabel's rabbits escaped this morning and she can't find them, have you seen them in Europe or Africa??
I will put up lost posters.

Today is our first day of inter-school sports, it's looking a bit wet though so hopefully we'll be able to do it.

Yours sincerely,
Tristan's class

Posted by maximus007 16:22 Comments (0)

walking heat in fez

i'm in Maroc(Morocco)

Hi class

today and yesterday me, mom and dad went on a walking tour around the Medina and out in new town and i have to say i can see the difference, and I mean a real difference.
From Our Riad roof

From Our Riad roof

In the Medina there is'nt enogh space for a car and the only sign that they live in our world is that they follow the soccer. the Medina was built in 783 AD and i thought internet was early. i also got to see how they make clay pots by spining the weel how they mould the pots and i think it looks fun! my faverot was the wever, that looks sooooooo fun but i guess it would get kind of boring after a while.

We took a photo of a Moroccon can of coke and meal that we had.
Another one for Hamish

Another one for Hamish

Light Lunch

Light Lunch

well, good by

Gaelan

Posted by maximus007 02:37 Comments (0)

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