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Dades Valley kasbah

Another day of travel through amazing scenery of the Dades Valley. We saw more beautiful kasbahs, villages, palmeries, snow capped mountains, local berber people, fields, variety of vegetation and soils.

Lunch was with a berber family in a village off the main road. Tagine of course...but first the traditional berber mint tea which the father of the family prepared with much pomp and ceremony. (and sugar!!!!) Met Mother, son, daughters and grandchild. It was the first "conversation" I had with a moroccan lady..and as we spoke no common language there was a lot of gesturing and smiling going on. I enjoyed this immensly. After lunch we had a Henna experience. Local ladies came and did desert henna paterns on our hands and feet. Kohl was also applied around my eyes rather sloppily, and we were charged for these extras.

Berber Father brewing Mint Tea
We were also given the chance to purchase some "berber" jewellry and I bought 3 silver charms, A camel, A moroccan slipper and a desert "cross" for 70 MAD. I had been wanting to purchase some Henna powder and asked about it and soon 2 boxes of store bought Henna powder appeared. One of the kids had been sent out to buy it. Not exactly what I was after as I was hoping to get some freshly ground powder, but was pleased none the less. Havent tried it out yet...hope it is better quality than the henna used on us as our designs barely lasted a week.

More wonderful scenery as we drove on to Todra Gorge. We stopped at another kasbah and went for a walk through some dry irrigated paddocks/palm tree area which was really nice.. Saw Pomegranet(?) fruit growing.

typical berber dwellings
Came to the bank of another dry stoney river bed and whilst some ventured across to the lovely Kasbah on the other side,  I decided to sit right there quietly under a tree and again just take in the moment. Back on the road  the high snow covered peaks of the High Atlas Mountains were on our left side. Always a variety of peopleand villages passed. The Todra Gorge was pretty impressive with the high walls of the gorge looming above our "rustic" hotel situated along the river running though the gorge.

None of the other girls could be talked into sleeping on the roof of the hotel (as mentioned in our trip notes) but I did manage to convince a few of them to lay out for a while under the moon and stars. Lovely.

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Dades Valley kasbah
Dades Valley kasbah
Berber Father brewing Mint Tea
Berber Father brewing Mint Tea
typical berber dwellings
typical berber dwellings
Berber Mother - note the face tatt…
Berber Mother - note the face tat…
Henna experience
Henna experience
berber home
berber home
Our Kasbah style hotel nestled aga…
Our Kasbah style hotel nestled ag…
just on sunset in Todra Gorge.
just on sunset in Todra Gorge.
Todra Gorge
photo by: tj1777