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14 Interesting Places to Visit in Morocco

Over two weeks we found a lot of interesting places to visit in Morocco, starting and ending in Casablanca. The "real trip" started in Marrakesh. From there we did a clockwise loop that took us over the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert. Continuing, we drove southwest towards Icht where we could see Algeria off in the distance. Then we turned north and headed to Essaouira via numerous stops detailed below to complete the loop and…

My Best Travel Adventures of 2018

As the saying goes "the older you get the faster time flies." It certainly felt like 2018 flew by for me. While there were certainly highs and lows of the year, overall I consider myself very lucky. I think I did 25 trips in total, not including day hikes.  Here's a look at my best travel adventures for 2018 Sleeping in the Sahara Desert We were late getting to our tented camp in the Sahara…

5 Great Things to Do in Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira is a popular coastal city on Morocco's windy Atlantic Coast. As a former Portuguese stronghold, it's got a rich history along with plenty of culture, excellent restaurants and a laid-back beach culture that provides a lovely counterpoint to the busier pace of the medina. After spending several days in the city I would recommend these 5 things to do in Essaouria that we personally experienced. This post includes some affiliate links. If you make…

Marrakesh Places to Visit When You Only Have a Day

Marrakesh - just the name conjures up exotic images - snake charmers, colourful souks, palm trees, classy riads. If only that was the reality. Marrakesh was our least favourite stop on a two week Morocco tour largely because it's turned into a noisy, polluted city. In the last five or six years cheap Chinese made motorbikes have been permitted inside the medina, so now do you not only have to dodge them, but you have…

A Trip to the Sahara Desert in Morocco

A trip to the Sahara Desert in Morocco is one of the big highlights of a visit to Morocco. The Sahara will bewitch you with its otherworldly beauty and the infinite patterns you'll see in the sand dunes. It will surprise you with its lushness after the rains. And if you're patient you just might find magic in the night skies as you lie on a carpet waiting for shooting stars. This post includes some…

A 2 Day Hike in the Anti Atlas Mountains, Morocco

One of the highlights of our vacation in Morocco was the two day Anti Atlas Mountain hike we did from Igmir to Amtoudi. It was like no other trip we've ever done. There were no route signs or other hikers and nor were there any facilities though the one village we walked through would probably have had some food available. It would be best to go well-prepared or better yet, hire a local guide and…

30 Interesting Facts about Morocco

Enjoy these 30 interesting facts about Morocco along with observations we made while  traveling through the country over a couple of weeks. Even though Morocco is just slightly larger than California it sure has a lot to offer. The landscapes are incredibly diverse. Culturally it's eye opening and despite what you might have heard, it's very safe. The only time John and I got hassled was in the souks of Marrakesh, my least favourite stop…

33 Interesting Facts About Africa

I love trivia and I hope you enjoy these weird and wonderful tidbits - some of which I learned on my most recent trip to the African continent. 33 Interesting Facts About Africa There are 54 countries in Africa. One of the oldest universities in the world is in Timbuktu, Mali. By the 12th century Timbuktu was home to three universities. Over 25,000 students attended one of the Timbuktu universities in the 12th century. Nigeria…

Zanzibar- As Exotic as it Sounds

When you have been riding your bike day in and day out for about two months, it can become a bit tedious. While the countryside changes, the daily routine doesn't. Wake up, change into bike shorts and shirt, pack up tent, eat breakfast, bike for several hours, stop and have lunch, bike for several hours, arrive at camp, set up tent, eat dinner, go to sleep. So when riders on the 2008 Tour d'Afrique were…

Climbing Kilimanjaro – Tips for picking a route and an operator

Climbing Kilimanjaro is on the radar screen of many a peak bagger, and well it should be. The 19,340 foot (5,895 m) peak is technically easy but physically demanding. Over 25,000 people attempt the peak every year but success rates vary greatly from operator to operator. Picking a route, the time of year and the number of days you want to spend on the mountain is the starting point for planning your climb. Factor in costs,…

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