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Morocco Adventure

I have always wanted to visit Morocco, but getting around on our own sounded a bit challenging and more aggravation than we wanted to go through, so we decided to take a private tour organized though a company in the States, with a driver and tour guides when necessary, and all accommodation, meal and attraction reservations made and paid for in advance. This is the first time we've ever taken a tour (except in Saudi Arabia, where you almost have to), and it's for two weeks (which gave me pause for thought), but hopefully it will be a good way to see a lot of Morocco without some of the hassles that come along with visiting a country in this part of the world.

Update after our return home: We arranged the tour itself through Experience It Tours in Florida (with an office on the ground in Marrakech) http://www.experienceittours.com/ -- which did an excellent and efficient job of securing hotels and such -- and specifically requested that Rostom Badrane be our driver, based on the recommendations of Bart Aldrich http://www.pbase.com/baldrich/moroc who was there in October. Rostom has his own tour company as well http://www.badrane-tours.com/ and does extended countrywide tours like ours, day trips and simple transfers between cities. If you’re considering a trip to Morocco – which I can’t recommend highly enough – or find yourself in the country and in need of services, I would get in touch with Rostom. He’s a great person, is fluent in English, French and Moroccan Arabic, and quite frankly knows everybody and everything to make your visit an unforgettable one.

This gallery is just an overview of our trip, with a picture or two from every day; I'll fill in the many blanks when we get back home.
Rabat, Kasbah, two cats
Rabat, Kasbah, two cats
Rabat, Capital City of Morocco
:: Rabat, Capital City of Morocco ::
On the road: Rabat to Chefchaouen
On the road: Rabat to Chefchaouen
On the road: Rabat to Chefchaouen
On the road: Rabat to Chefchaouen
On the road: Rabat to Chefchaouen
On the road: Rabat to Chefchaouen
On the road: Rabat to Chefchaouen
On the road: Rabat to Chefchaouen
Chefchaouen, Dar Meziana
Chefchaouen, Dar Meziana
Chefchaouen, stairway
Chefchaouen, stairway
Chefchaouen, a man and his friend
Chefchaouen, a man and his friend
Morocco's 'Blue' City, Chefchaouen
:: Morocco's 'Blue' City, Chefchaouen ::
On the road, Chefchaouen to Fes
On the road, Chefchaouen to Fes
On the road, Chefchaouen to Fes
On the road, Chefchaouen to Fes
On the road, Chefchaouen to Fes
On the road, Chefchaouen to Fes
On the road, Chefchaouen to Fes
On the road, Chefchaouen to Fes
On the road, Chefchaouen to Fes
On the road, Chefchaouen to Fes
On the road, Chefchaouen to Fes
On the road, Chefchaouen to Fes
On the road, Chefchaouen to Fes
On the road, Chefchaouen to Fes
The stork family
The stork family
Roman Ruins at Volubilis, Morocco
:: Roman Ruins at Volubilis, Morocco ::
On the road, Volubilis to Meknes
On the road, Volubilis to Meknes
Meknes, mausoleum of Moulay Ismail
Meknes, mausoleum of Moulay Ismail
Meknes, Imperial City of Morocco
:: Meknes, Imperial City of Morocco ::
Fes, tannery dye vats and a black cat
Fes, tannery dye vats and a black cat
Fes, medina, transport
Fes, medina, transport
Fes and Its Fascinating Medina
:: Fes and Its Fascinating Medina ::
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud, Ziz Oasis
On the road, Fes to Erfoud, Ziz Oasis
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
On the road, Fes to Erfoud
Sahara Desert (shot one-handed from a moving camel)
Sahara Desert (shot one-handed from a moving camel)
Sahara Desert, trekking through the dunes
Sahara Desert, trekking through the dunes
Dunes under the Sahara sun
Dunes under the Sahara sun
Sahara Desert Experience
:: Sahara Desert Experience ::
On the road, Sahara to Ouarzazate
On the road, Sahara to Ouarzazate
On the road, Sahara to Ouarzazate
On the road, Sahara to Ouarzazate
On the road, Sahara to Ouarzazate
On the road, Sahara to Ouarzazate
On the road, Sahara to Ouarzazate
On the road, Sahara to Ouarzazate
On the road, Sahara to Ouarzazate
On the road, Sahara to Ouarzazate
On the road, Sahara to Ouarzazate
On the road, Sahara to Ouarzazate
On the road, Sahara to Ouarzazate
On the road, Sahara to Ouarzazate
Todgha Gorge
Todgha Gorge
Todgha Gorge, 'roughing' it
Todgha Gorge, 'roughing' it
Todgha Gorge, the Berber taxi
Todgha Gorge, the Berber taxi
Todgha Gorge
Todgha Gorge
Todgha Gorge
Todgha Gorge
Todgha Gorge
Todgha Gorge
On the road, Sahara to Ouarzazate, WiFi and kebabs
On the road, Sahara to Ouarzazate, WiFi and kebabs
On the road, Sahara to Ouarzazate
On the road, Sahara to Ouarzazate
Ouarzazate
Ouarzazate
Ouarzazate, Kasbah Dar Daif
Ouarzazate, Kasbah Dar Daif
Ouarzazate, movie studio
Ouarzazate, movie studio
Ouarzazate, CLA Studios
Ouarzazate, CLA Studios
Ouarzazate, Action!
Ouarzazate, Action!
On the road, Ouarzazate to Marrakech
On the road, Ouarzazate to Marrakech
On the road, Ouarzazate to Marrakech
On the road, Ouarzazate to Marrakech
On the road, Ouarzazate to Marrakech
On the road, Ouarzazate to Marrakech
On the road, Ouarzazate to Marrakech
On the road, Ouarzazate to Marrakech
A most unfortunate accident for Tim
A most unfortunate accident for Tim
Crossing the High Atlas Mountains
Crossing the High Atlas Mountains
Ait Benhaddou, Morocco's Magical Ksar
:: Ait Benhaddou, Morocco's Magical Ksar ::
On the road, Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech
On the road, Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech
On the road, Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech
On the road, Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech
On the road, Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech
On the road, Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech
On the road, Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech
On the road, Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech
On the road, Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech
On the road, Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech
On the road, Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech
On the road, Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech
On the road, Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech
On the road, Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech
On the road, Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech
On the road, Ait Benhaddou to Marrakech
Marrakech medina
Marrakech medina
Marrakech, Ben Youssef Medersa
Marrakech, Ben Youssef Medersa
Marrakech, Majorelle Garden
Marrakech, Majorelle Garden
Marvelous Marrakech
:: Marvelous Marrakech ::
On the road, Marrakech to Essaouira
On the road, Marrakech to Essaouira
On the road, Marrakech to Essaouira
On the road, Marrakech to Essaouira
Near Essaouira, the goat tree
Near Essaouira, the goat tree
Near Essaouira, the goats in the tree
Near Essaouira, the goats in the tree
On the road, Marrakech to Essaouira
On the road, Marrakech to Essaouira
On the road, Marrakech to Essaouira
On the road, Marrakech to Essaouira
On the road, Marrakech to Essaouira
On the road, Marrakech to Essaouira
On the road, Marrakech to Essaouira
On the road, Marrakech to Essaouira
On the road, Marrakech to Essaouira
On the road, Marrakech to Essaouira
Essaouira, fortifications
Essaouira, fortifications
Essaouira, Berber musicians
Essaouira, Berber musicians
Essaouira, gull fight at the fishing port
Essaouira, gull fight at the fishing port
Morocco's Enchanting Essaouira
:: Morocco's Enchanting Essaouira  ::
Casablanca, Hassan II Mosque
Casablanca, Hassan II Mosque
Casablanca, Hassan II Mosque
Casablanca, Hassan II Mosque
Casablanca, Hassan II Mosque
Casablanca, Hassan II Mosque
Casablanca, Hassan II Mosque
Casablanca, Hassan II Mosque
Hassan II Mosque: Jewel of Casablanca
:: Hassan II Mosque: Jewel of Casablanca  ::
Casablanca Cathedral
Casablanca Cathedral
Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau
Clock tower
Clock tower
Ornate
Ornate
Waiting for bathers
Waiting for bathers
Old and new
Old and new
Casablanca view
Casablanca view
Casablanca, Rick's Café
Casablanca, Rick's Café
Casablanca, Rick's Café
Casablanca, Rick's Café
Lunch at Rick's Café
Lunch at Rick's Café
The famous bar at Rick’s Café
The famous bar at Rick’s Café
Morocco personified
Morocco personified
The joke was on me!
The joke was on me!