|Looking through the window of a casbah|
Our Gate1Travel guide Ibrahim was a delightful man who showed us the best of his country through geography, history, and people. From Rabat on the coast of the Atlantic through to Atlas Mountains to the edge of the Sahara Desert back through the mountain oasis of Ouazazate to Marrakech to Casablanca, we generous people and feasted our eyes on things we will never see again.
|Courtyard in a medina of Rabat|
|Family outing in the city of Sale|
|Roman Ruins of Volubilis|
|Our camels waiting to take us back down the dunes|
Seriously, we were at the edge of the Sahara Desert. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd be there, let alone get there on a camel.
|In Fez at a leather-dying factory|
While so much of Morocco is rural and unique, the cities are highly Westernized. Is that good or bad? Older cities like Fez and Marrakech have managed to balance what is uniquely Moroccan with some modernization. Newer cities like Casablanca are a bit scary in that they are so modern. Look at this picture from our hotel room. We could hear the call to prayer through the din of the evening traffic. The city highrises surround little flat shantytowns, where the poverty is visible.
Morocco is a country of contrasts - the snow-covered mountain tops of the Atlas Mountains and the beautiful desert foliage, shepherds in fields and aggressive souvenir hawkers, the sands and the oasis, the seacoast and the high plateaus. It's a country where you view life through a vastly different window.