desert trip // photo diary // part 1
August 10, 2014
500+ images to go through just from the trip to Morocco and so difficult to choose the most representatives, plus so many thoughts and stories to share that I think that this time next month I’ll still be writing about all the travelling I’ve done in the past weeks and months.
Anyway, here goes part 1 of the desert trip photo diary, basically covering the first day of the trip and a bit of the second day. We took this desert trip from our riad from Marrakech and, besides being too expensive compared to other options we were offered AFTER we payed the deposit, it was too touristy for my taste. Nevertheless it was a nice experience, we got to see some amazing places and sceneries, met new people and had a great and fun time overall.
We’ve headed from Marrakech to the sand dunes from Merzouga, through the Atlas Mountains. In the first day we made a pit stop at kasbah (fortress) Ait Benhaddou, which apparently was home to the city of Yunkai, from the Game of Thrones series. We passed by great land and mountain sceneries, green oasis surrounded by yellow-red mud and rock hills, small towns full of life and trading activities, small villages isolated in the middle of nowhere and perched on rocky slopes with a small river at the bottom, people trying to sell handmade objects and colourful stones by desolated roads. It’s fascinating how there are people that keep living in such difficult and dry conditions.
We also passed through Ouarzazate, “the door to the desert”, which became an important destination in Morocco, having large filming studios which were used as location for plenty of well-known movies. I even got a glimpse of a new setup for an upcoming movie, but wasn’t fast enough to photograph it from the car. 🙁