Day 8... After spending an uneventful full day in the Atlantic City like beach resort town of Agadir we made our way north along the coast to Essaouira (pronounced ess-o-ware-a) and then on to Marrakesh. The road took us past surfing and fishing oriented villages then into the coastal hills where the Argan tree is endemic. We stopped at an Argan oil production cooperatives to see the oil being made from the nut of the tree then on to Essaouira for lunch and to walk around it's ancient seaside Medina.
Day 6 and 7... After leaving the dunes of the Sahara we spend two days crossing the desert on our way to the Atlantic coast city of Agadir. We saw the famous Kasbahs of Morocco, toured Moroccan Hollywood and visited another UNESCO site, Aït Benhaddou, which has been the location for numerous movies and TV such as Gladiator, Babel, and Prince of Persia.
Day 5 and 6...After Fez we headed east into the desert. The landscape changed dramatically from the green olive tree lined hills as we crossed the snow in the Mid Atlas mountains then descended into the dusty yellow/brown dessert. Just before sunset we arrived at Merzouga where a Land Rover and camels (dromedary) were waiting to take us into one of the most breathtakingly large sand dune environments I've ever seen. After an hour plodding along on my camel Bob Marley and Stephanie on her camel Jimi, we arrived at our luxury tent camp after dark for dinner and stargazing. We were the only clients that night so we had the desert to ourselves. Luckily our king size bed had 7 layers of blankets because it was a frigid February night in the Sahara.
Day 4 and 5...Fez is like nowhere else on earth. It's a city composed of a medina and a Ville Nouvelle. The medina is the heart of the city which is composed of thousands of alley's and passages that are accessible only by foot, bicycle, and donkey. The medina is another UNESCO world heritage site.