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Morocco Pics 2017

Post by truenic » Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:30 pm

Taken on my point & shoot and cleaned up for contrast & brightness and cropping in Photoshop (I don't know how to do anything else).

We were there for almost 3 weeks. 7 days on a tour, rented a car for 10 days. Went to the following places/sites: Casablanca, Meknes, Volubilis, Fes, Merzouga (camel ride into Sahara), Todra Gorge, Ouazarzate (Ait Ben Haddou), Marrakech, Cascades D'Ouzoud, Imlil, Taroudant & Essaouira.

I took over 800 photos, doubling any other 3 week trip we had been on. These are obviously just a select few.

Favourite places were Fes (medina, especially at night, is amazing), Imlil, in the Atlas Mountains where we did some hiking, and Essaouira, for the chill vibe.

Enjoy!

ETA: Apologies that the thumbnails are so small. TinyPic isn't working for me so I'm using PostImage.
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Post by truenic » Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:32 pm

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Narrow alleyways in Fes medina

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Tannery in Fes

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Our leader on our camel ride into the Sahara

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Windy Anti-Atlas roads.

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Cats eating dinner in the alley, Marrakech

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Barbary Ape on the trail in Cascades D'Ouzoud

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Sunset in Essaouira

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Fishing boats in Essaouira

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Post by Bill Barilko » Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:53 pm

Some good shots there Nic!
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Post by polardude1 » Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:15 pm

very nice
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Post by Homerj » Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:45 am

I like every pic but #5
I hate monkeys....good pics...thanks for sharing
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Post by truenic » Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:01 pm

LOL@homer

Thanks guys!

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Post by rezuar » Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:42 pm

Post more pics, nic! They are beautiful.
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Post by Shavenhead » Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:15 pm

Nice.

Do they still have that awesome hash in Essauoira?
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Post by veronica_inheels » Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:44 am

very cool. and i also hate monkeys.
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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:06 pm

I can't believe they are still tanning leather with that same process.

Here is a link with some excellent photos of the leather tanneries in Fez...
http://floratheexplorer.com/leather-tannery-in-fez-morocco/
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Post by polardude1 » Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:10 pm

I can't believe they are still tanning leather with that same process.

I can't believe they can stand the smell of the tannery for more than a day.
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Post by DCComic » Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:57 pm

Excellent. Especially the portrait of tne camel-ride leader. Great colours.
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Post by Scrubb » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:21 am

Oh, awesome! Like rez said, post more - these are great. I especially love the two Essaouira shots.

What was your favourite part? Anything disappointing? Anything a big, good surprise?
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Post by truenic » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:33 pm

Favourite part-3!
Fes-really loved that city. Better than Marrakech. Super old, the medina is a living one (so, not just full of tourists, but locals out with the family to eat etc) and the surrounding countryside is beautiful.
Imlil-hiking in the Atlas mountains. Loved it up there. It's very different form home (Vancouver) in that it's quite barren with lots of scree, but the ability to hike to all these little villages was amazing.
Essaouira-at the end of our trip for a reason. Relaxing, good restaurants, not much to do but wander around the medina.
(I know that most people probably expect that the camel ride into the Sahara was the highlight but for me it wasn't).

Disappointing-food. And not just for me as someone that has a limited diet. My husband isn't a picky eater, will eat anything, and even he agreed the food was shit. We were really surprised given it's an agricultural country with lots of great spices. The best Moroccan food I've ever had is still in Vancouver.

Good surprise. Well, it actually wasn't totally a surprise as a friend who has been there 5+ times gave us this advice, but how wonderfully warm, generous and hospitable people were. My friend had said that if you can, take a few minutes and talk to whomever approaches you. Sure, you're going to get some people who want to sell you stuff, but at least half the time we had really interesting conversations with people about a whole range of topics.
That and how often we spoke with locals who spoke 4+ languages. (Berber, sometimes more than one dialect, Arabic, French & English and then some spoke German or Spanish on top of that). People were very open to our stupid questions about Islam, and were pleased that we took an interest in learning about it.

Although 70% of people we interacted with spoke English, I was pleased that we were comfortable speaking French. There were more than a few times where communication was imperative (with police, at the airport) and being confident enough to ask question in French helped us navigate a lot of things and sometimes understand the culture a little better.

Scariest part-driving the Tizi N Test from Marrakech to Taroudant. For anyone who knows, the old Sea to Sky highway here is a walk in the park compared to this road. If you search YouTube for videos on the pass, you'll see lots of people have made one as it's so hairy.

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Post by Bill Barilko » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:42 pm

The best Moroccan food I've ever had is still in Vancouver.

Whereabouts?

Is it still around?
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Post by truenic » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:57 pm

Fez, on Robson. It's not mind-blowing, but it's still way better than anything we had there. And it seems to be pan-North African, rather than specifically Moroccan.
http://fezcafe.ca/

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Post by veronica_inheels » Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:18 pm

I was never impressed with Moroccan. But i went there in 1992. I thought that they would improve/gentrify as they did with hotels.
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Post by polardude1 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:28 pm

Yes, I also enjoyed Fes more than Marrakech. Where did you trek to from Imlil. I did a 3 day trek from there
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Post by truenic » Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:37 pm

We only did day treks. Both of us are are little limited physically right now so Mount Toubkal was out of the question (though we would have loved to have done it).

Just trips to Armoud and Tizi n Tamatert. Where did you get to polar?

P.S. Was Richard Bransons totally-out-of-place accoms built when you were there? It was so weird to be in a remote mountain area and then boom! This monstrosity: http://www.virginlimitededition.com/en/kasbah-tamadot

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Post by polardude1 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:31 pm

I trekked for 3 days from Imlil to Setti Fatna.
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Post by snowgirl » Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:18 pm

So glad you had a good time, Nic. I envy your hiking excursions. I wasn't there long enough to hike.

X2 on the drive across the pass. I drove so that I wouldn't be able to look over the side. It's a bowel-clenching drive, I tell you.
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