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Morocco Trip - Fes to Marrakech

26
January
2005
  Posted at 01:07:00 PM
  File under  Personal Travel
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

 Fes to Marrakech
 
The trip from Fes to Marrakech was going to bring us up to about 1500 meters altitude.

The Ibis hotel in Fes has already warned us that it had been snowing up there for the last few days. And it was going to be quite long, some 550 kilometers...

The Michelin maps we had showed the direct route to be very dangerous, and we were advised not to take that road, even with our motorcycles equipped with desert tyres. I guess better safe than sorry....

The initial scenery didn't change much until be started climbing again. Then the scenery would change every few kilometers.

A large part of the scenery was dominated by the red clay they use for building houses in this part of Morocco.

It made some interesting landscape, almost like riding on the moon.

Total Distance: 550 Kms
Road Condition: Reasonable (some snow & ice), potholes
Time: 7 hours (including lunch)
early sun The scenery had not changed much since last night. It was still early, the temperature cold, but the sun was starting to warm us up.
Villages The first few villages we crossed.
First snow Above 1100 meters we encountered out first snow in Morocco. The roads were reasonably clear of the snow, but in portions that had shadows, there was still ice.

Once or twice the motorcycle would slip, but never too much for us to slow down.
Plateau We had reached a plateau, which seemed to stretch on for many kilometers. Everywhere, there was snow.
Snowed in city The smaller cities on the way had even much more snow. You could see that they had cleared snow away.

Temperature though had started reaching 10 °C.
smelly truck This photo just to show you the pollution these trucks generate. You can see and smell trucks miles before you would see one.
Boarded up houses Strange, but many of the houses we saw were not finished. They looked new, but whole portions were boarded or cemented up. However, there were people living in them.
Plateau At this stage, we're still riding on the plateau. There are a couple of hills, but for the most, the scenery was very flat.
Roadside cafe Roadside cafe for coffee. Coffee, despite what you may think was usually very bad, and consisted of instant coffee (Nescafe) and hot milk.

Where was that famous Arabic coffee ??
Oil spill Some parts of the road were badly maintained. However, what you see here is not bad road surface, but oil & diesel !!!

Not a good place to hit the brakes !
Village One of the many villages we crossed.
Red clay The scenery around here changed dramatically. Almost everything was red !!

It seemed like some sort of red clay. Almost all houses between this point and Marrakech were made in this red clay.
Road surface Road surface. It's reasonable, as long as you can see it in advance. If it's on a blind corner, you could expect trouble.
Roadside restaurant Lunch, as was becoming our habit, was at a roadside restaurant. These places rarely see tourists, and are meant for truckers.
The Restaurant In the rear you can see the butcher, who cuts the meat you want.  To its right is the BBQ, and in front of it is the Tangine.
Tangine The Tangines are these cones, which contain vegetables filled with oil. The cones sit on top of burning charcoal, and simmer for a while, before served piping hot.
Stretching our legs After lunch we stretched our legs a bit, while continuing our ride.
More houses, more villages More houses, more villages.
Outside Marrakech On the outskirts of Marrakech, you could see that the houses were better and more expensive looking.
Royal City Marrakech is actually quite pretty. It's an old city, but very well maintained. This is were the King has his main palace.

It would explain why the city is well maintained.
Donkey cart But even here, in a reasonably modern city, you'd see donkey carts in the busy streets.
Mosque One of the main mosques of the city. It's very old, and very well maintained. There's a very large park surrounding it.
Fortress wall The old part of the city is surrounded by an old fortress wall, wit several gates.
Egg transport Eggs anyone. Drop it, and we have a huge omelette !
royal golf club of Marrakech. One sign that we're close to royalty... the royal golf club of Marrakech.






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