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In the saddle again

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sunny 31 °C

In the saddle again
by the road

by the road


We head up to Erfoud to then divert across towards Ouazarzate. First stop in Erfoud is a clothing shop to get a shirt like Lotfi’s that I admired. Pick out one in a light green, and L some sandals. Grab a drink, then grab some money from the ATM before heading to the fossil (museum). About 15 kms from Erfoud there are some marble deposits from the Cretaceous and Devonian periods The marble is not high quality, but it does have masses of fossils embedded in it. There are trilobites, ammonites and the forebears of squids (don’t remember the name). The balck marble in some cases is so heavily populated with the squid that it looks like a mass extinction (no, i have no evidence to back that up). The man at Mnara Marble spent quite a time taking us through the process and works before showing us the products in the showroom. There was some great slabs there, but very little presented the way I like. I could see great possibilities for it though. I did like the single squids up to 2 metres long that had been chased out and presented individually. In the end we bought a few small trinkets as souvenirs.
Todra gorgeous

Todra gorgeous


On the road again we head west towards Todra Gorge. This is a single short chasm over one hundred metres deep and is extremely dramatic. It is hard to get over the scale of it. It is very popular with tour groups, which makes it all the more amazing that the approach road is a narrow potholed thing with very few places for two buses to pass each other. The road at the gorge itself is being redone with the river through there being diverted – quite a mess while it gets done. But a must see if you have enough time in Morocco and do not mind a lot of driving.
Todra Gorge

Todra Gorge


Head on to our stop for the night – the Xaluca hotel at Dades. Michele at Yokhima Morocce has done a great job getting us this one – it is easily the most luxury we will get on this trip. We get a dip in the pool before dinner, very refreshing. Dinner is a smorgasbord, a mix of euro and local, but also keeping it fairly safe. So filling, if not exciting. Bed beckons at the end of an exhausting day and we accept.

Posted by lostagain 11:12 Archived in Morocco

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