This was hands down my favorite experience while visiting Morocco. Maybe it had been hyped up in my mind from watching countless Hollywood movies. But being able to ride a camel through the desert was simply amazing, especially when we rode to the top of a dune to watch the sunset. I still have desert sand in one of my pant's pockets that seem to stick to my phone every time I place my phone inside it. We took an all day ride to get from Marrakech to Merzouga, seeing sites along the way. I had so much anticipation built up and wanted to make it to our camp before the sunset. Sadly we arrived a little later than I had wanted but the sky was cloudy so it wouldn't have made a difference if we had arrived early. The camp we stayed at was called Desert Luxury Camp. It was great! The experience was glamping where we had a nice queen bed to sleep on and even running, hot water with our own bathroom and shower. Our meals were all made for us and the food was fantastic. We stayed for a total of 2 nights and 1 full day. The first night we experienced a sand storm just after getting into bed. So much for getting sleep that night. It violently shook our tent for most of the night and the whole time I was just hoping our lanterns that were suspended from the top of the tent weren't going to fall crashing to the ground. Thankfully the second night was much more peaceful.While in the desert we rode camels, took pictures, lounged at the campsite, and even used a snowboard to go down the sand dunes. Enjoy these images I took from our time in the Sahara.
Warning, this is a long post. I did my best to include as many of my film images as I could but hope I didn’t create an overload of content. I have put my images in a somewhat chronological order to help with the flow of my words in describing our time in the city. We stayed at 2 different riads within the medina because we broke up our time here with a visit to the Sahara halfway through. Our first one was Riad Jaaneman. It was bit more modern than the previous places we had stayed in Morocco but we loved it. Our last riad was at the Riad Jardin Secret pictured at the very end.
Our first day was spent walking around and exploring the medina while trying to avoid getting hit by a motorcycle. They were everywhere. It was the major difference with this medina compared to Fez. We loved seeing the mosaic tile and ornate craftsmanship on doors. There was always so much to see and appreciate while walking around. I personally loved visiting the Maison De La Photographie which had a large display of images of Moroccan people and their culture dating from 1870 to 1960. Allison and I were able to see a lot of beautiful gardens including the Le Jardin Secret and Le Jardin Majorelle. On the to-do list was visit the famous Jemaa el-Fna square but personally, I was not a fan. There were too many people there and everyone was grabbing for your attention. All of the food vendors wanted us to join them for dinner and would shove menus in your face and tell you the number of their booth as you tried walking away after saying you were uninterested. “Number 55! Remember number 55!” It all looked like the same food to us and their pushy and persistent behavior made us uninterested in giving any a try. In the square there were street performers, story tellers, women drawing henna tattoos, men with chained monkeys you could snap a selfie with and the famous snake charmers. I wasn’t brave enough to get close to those. You could hear the loud squeaking noise of their instruments as they played music to try and make the snakes dance and put on a show. Many tourists would stop and for a small tip could get a picture with the snakes.
It was nice to be in the city during spring and see all the flowers blooming. There were so many unique crafts and goods being made and sold in the medina from scarves made of camel hair to baskets to rugs to dishware. We were impressed by them all and made a few purchases to take home as souvenirs. Another cool place we went to see were the Saadian Tombs which date back as far as the late 1500’s. On our anniversary we had a great time seeing Le Jardin Majorelle and the Yves Saint Laurent Museum as well as getting a hammam to celebrate. Marrakech is a great city that I would definitely recommend visiting. I hope you enjoy my photos and seeing a little more of our trip to Morocco.