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Featured Morocco (Warning : Photo heavy)

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Cederic, Feb 22, 2018.

  1. Cederic

    Cederic Mu-43 Veteran

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    In December I spent a week in Morocco. 50km walked, 1800km driven, photography rating 8/10 - marked down due to the local populace disliking people photography and the police getting very grumpy if you photograph certain things (like themselves).

    However..
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    I started in Marrakech. Actually I just fell in love with the place.
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    Marrakech is just awesome.
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    Next day I drove to Casablanca. Stopped a couple of times on the way, found out how poor much of Morocco is. Poor, but not poverty. People can't all afford cars, but they can afford a donkey.
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    I took no photographs in Casablanca. It's got nothing Moroccan Marrakech doesn't do better, and badly mimics European cities in boring ways. The next day though I found some birdies..
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    ..and a pretty Mosque..
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    ..and a lady tending a flock of sheep. The domestic animals of any kind roam free all over Morocco, but they all had at least one person attending them.
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    Going into Fes I found this stupendously big and utterly incomprehensible chunk of concrete..
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    Then walked down to the Royal Palace to admire their brass doors.
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    Fes is full of ancient walls and graveyards, but does have a medina you can wander for hours..
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    ..especially if you're willing to confuse the locals by exploring the parts in which they live. That well is wet because it's the sole water supply for three streets.
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    I got lost. I did find a way out by following a lady in the traditional Moroccan costume of a Winnie the Pooh onesie.
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    To be fair, she wasn't in the medina itself. Motor vehicles aren't allowed there, partly because they wouldn't fit. So they have to take supplies in using other means.
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    Moroccan cities are full of cats. Cute, inquisitive and semi-feral ones.
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    But after three nights in the cities I wanted to see the rest of the country. So I walked up a frosty mountain into the forest.
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    and walked for a while
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    and sat for a bit
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    Driving back down the other side the next day, I found some more birdies.
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    ..and a desert..
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    ..an oasis..
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  2. Cederic

    Cederic Mu-43 Veteran

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    ..a wadi, which let me practice my panorama skills - although that's only 11k pixels wide..
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    ..and the cutest goats on the planet. He doesn't look pretty but he's fully grown and he's only knee high. I have other photographs of his friends, and they're even cuter in groups.
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    They were strolling down a gorge.
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    It took me an hour to drive through it, then I turned around and drove back. I've had worse warm winter afternoons.
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    But the real landscapes kicked in on my final full day. It took me a day to drive a couple of hundred kilometres because I kept stopping in the middle of a winding mountain road to go, "oh."
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    "Oh"
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    "Oh!"
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    ..and so on.
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    I've skipped a dozen landscapes here.
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    So yeah, Morocco. Great food, friendly people, good weather and yes, take your camera.
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    The 48 picture highlights set available at Morocco 2017 Highlights - Stuart
    Full 310 photo gallery including lots more monkeys at Morocco 2017 - Stuart
     
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  3. Great shots, made much more interesting by the commentary.
     
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  4. mcrosa

    mcrosa Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Mike Crosa
    Thanks for sharing these photos, a place I probably will never get there so I appreciate your photos.
     
  5. My thoughts exactly. Thanks for the trip report @Cederic@Cederic .
     
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