Morning of the 13th - Ait Ben Haddou
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We got up early in Ourzazate to make the most of the last day before arriving back in Marrakesh - Jos was heading back to Casablanca. We decided to go to Ait Benhaddou as t has one of the countriesbest preserved Kasbahs there. On arrival, the scenery was great to drive through, and the view of the Kasbah itself was spectacular. You get pretty much targeted for a tour guide as soon as you step out of the vehicle, and it's not very useful unless you speak french, but they don't ask for a lot of money - so it doesn't hurt.
The Kasbah itself was great to walk around, many films were prodeced and filmed there; such as The Gladiator, The Mummy, Lawrence of Arabia, Jewel Of The Nile, Alexander and many more. The village was also great to walk around, many people are still living there.
We spent most of the morning there, and aslo saw another Kasbah just further down the road which was also very nice but not many people visit. We set off after lunch for the long joureny back to Marrakech and Casablanca. One of the many things that amazed me were children and men positioned every 100-500m down the road through the Jebel mountain range to Marrakesh.They all flashed these bright red chunks of rock at you - it was fascinating at first, but after 2 hours of this I started to become very bored with somone chasing the car trying to throw huge chunks of the crystal rocks through the windows! Did anyone else experience this?