The day after my return from visiting the nomads I took the opportunity to move to a beautiful, luxurious riad at a small village called Hassilabied (“white well” in Arabic with the whiteness being due to salt deposits I am told). The management there arranged for me to be taken by 4WD to see three intriguing, gigantic art installations in the desert, built a few decades ago by a visiting eccentric artist,
For our visit to the nomads, we hired an air-conditioned 4×4 vehicle and the services of a young driver called Aziz, from Zaid the owner of Le Petit Prince. The first stop was a natural lake near Merzouga where sometimes there are flocks of flamingos. After that it was onto a market garden in a natural oasis in the desert for us to enjoy a picnic lunch
After my homestay at Goulmima, my hosts drove me to Erfoud about 80 km away and home of the annual date festival. On the way to my new accommodation, we visited the Erfoud Fossil Museum complete with a giant dinosaur skeleton out the front and many interesting objects made from – or incorporating – fossils, for sale at reasonable prices.
I have just returned from an unforgettable Moroccan experience and I want to tell you about it. If like me you have visited Morocco in the past you will have dashed from place to place to see all the sights. Long drives, organised tours and all the usual tourist traps. This visit I opted for a more authentic experience.
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