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Marrakech and the Dades Valley

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the Koutoubia, the minaret to a 12th-c. mosque in Marrakech
the Koutoubia, the minaret to a 12th-c. mosque in Marrakech
walking the medina (old walled city center)
walking the medina (old walled city center)
our riad is down this street
our riad is down this street
our riad
our riad
our room
our room
the view from the riad terrace
the view from the riad terrace
at the Saadian tombs (16th c.)
at the Saadian tombs (16th c.)
a quiet street
a quiet street
M in front of a foundouk (craft collective)
M in front of a foundouk (craft collective)
a cabinetmaking foundouk...
a cabinetmaking foundouk...
...and one for metalwork
...and one for metalwork
in the Marrakech Museum
in the Marrakech Museum
on the streets again
on the streets again
heading north across the medina
heading north across the medina
the Almoravid Koubba, a 12th-c. water building
the Almoravid Koubba, a 12th-c. water building
in the Medersa ben Youssef (a 16th-c. Koranic school)
in the Medersa ben Youssef (a 16th-c. Koranic school)
a hallway off the central courtyard
a hallway off the central courtyard
students' rooms were upstairs
students' rooms were upstairs
a view from one of the students' rooms
a view from one of the students' rooms
heading for the souks (markets)
heading for the souks (markets)
making lamps and other items
making lamps and other items
spices! and henna, tortoises, etc.
spices! and henna, tortoises, etc.
a flea market
a flea market
a small produce market
a small produce market
the side streets are always quieter, but often dead-end
the side streets are always quieter, but often dead-end
at the Bahia palace (16th c.)
at the Bahia palace (16th c.)
an old bab (medina gate)
an old bab (medina gate)
in the Mellah (old Jewish quarter)
in the Mellah (old Jewish quarter)
a working synagogue (and a noisy Israeli tour group)
a working synagogue (and a noisy Israeli tour group)
the Jewish cemetery
the Jewish cemetery
on the way back to the medina center
on the way back to the medina center
inside the El Badii palace grounds (12th c.)
inside the El Badii palace grounds (12th c.)
remains of a reception hall
remains of a reception hall
remnants of the guest houses
remnants of the guest houses
some very new (and very small) guests
some very new (and very small) guests
underground storage
underground storage
the minbar (pulpit) from the Koutoubia
the minbar (pulpit) from the Koutoubia
a view from the palace walls...
a view from the palace walls...
...and out over the medina
...and out over the medina
storks are revered in Marrakech...
storks are revered in Marrakech...
...as are children
...as are children
at the Dar Tiskiwin (a house museum of North African culture)
at the Dar Tiskiwin (a house museum of North African culture)
a nomad tent
a nomad tent
some visiting artifacts
some visiting artifacts
lost in the medina...
lost in the medina...
in the Dar Si Said museum
in the Dar Si Said museum
it's bird happy hour at the museum!
it's bird happy hour at the museum!
the huge Jamaa el Fna square at night
the huge Jamaa el Fna square at night
the Majorelle museum...
the Majorelle museum...
...and gardens...
...and gardens...
...in the new part of Marrakech
...in the new part of Marrakech
back into the medina thru the Bab Nkob
back into the medina thru the Bab Nkob
on the road southwest, looking back toward Marrakech
on the road southwest, looking back toward Marrakech
Danger
"Danger"
climbing up into the Atlas mountains
climbing up into the Atlas mountains
a roadside greeting in the High Atlas
a roadside greeting in the High Atlas
heading over the Tizi-n-Tichka pass (2260m)
heading over the Tizi-n-Tichka pass (2260m)
in the village of Igherm n'Ougal...
in the village of Igherm n'Ougal...
...to visit their community granary
...to visit their community granary
a view out the granary window
a view out the granary window
a typical midday snack: mint tea, bread, olives, and a Coke
a typical midday snack: mint tea, bread, olives, and a Coke
Tikirt, outside Ouarzazate
Tikirt, outside Ouarzazate
approaching Skoura
approaching Skoura
our hotel in the Skoura palmeraie (palm grove)
our hotel in the Skoura palmeraie (palm grove)
many of the buildings are built of unbaked mud and straw
many of the buildings are built of unbaked mud and straw
the hotel is also a working farm
the hotel is also a working farm
our room
our room
the road east along the Dades wadi
the road east along the Dades wadi
a ksar (housing/fort complex) near El Kelaa des M'goun
a ksar (housing/fort complex) near El Kelaa des M'goun
orchards along the river, looking toward the Djebel Sarhro
orchards along the river, looking toward the Djebel Sarhro
our piste (track) off the highway
our piste (track) off the highway
farming near the village of Amejgag
farming near the village of Amejgag
Berber girls...
Berber girls...
...and more
...and more
leaving our car on the piste...
leaving our car on the piste...
...to visit a Berber troglodyte family
...to visit a Berber troglodyte family
the caves are carved by hand
the caves are carved by hand
from inside
from inside
continuing up the Dades valley
continuing up the Dades valley
an old kasbah
an old kasbah
the rock formation called 'Monkey Fingers'
the rock formation called 'Monkey Fingers'
a view down the Dades gorge on our way back
a view down the Dades gorge on our way back
the edge of the Skoura palmeraie, a true oasis
the edge of the Skoura palmeraie, a true oasis
olives among the date palms
olives among the date palms
viisting the house of Mohamed, our guide
viisting the house of Mohamed, our guide
a view froom the upper level
a view froom the upper level
Mohamed, Mansour, and a friend
Mohamed, Mansour, and a friend
Mansour serving tea
Mansour serving tea
visiting the house of a friend of Mohamed's
visiting the house of a friend of Mohamed's
on the roof
on the roof
the field below
the field below
crossing the wadi on the way out of the palmeraie
crossing the wadi on the way out of the palmeraie
the old ksar  and kasbah at Ait-Benhaddou...
the old ksar and kasbah at Ait-Benhaddou...
...which appeared in Lawrence of Arabia
...which appeared in Lawrence of Arabia
on the road back to Marrakech
on the road back to Marrakech
over the Atlas again
over the Atlas again
pano: outside Marrakech
pano: outside Marrakech
pano: climbing the Atlas
pano: climbing the Atlas
pano: outside El Kalaa des M'goun
pano: outside El Kalaa des M'goun
pano: Ait Benhaddou
pano: Ait Benhaddou
pano: the road back to Marrakech
pano: the road back to Marrakech
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