Out of the desert,and long road back to Marrakech

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Early light

Up before the sun rose and we all gathered round in the camp, and got our gear together. The camels were already saddled and we were told to mount up. Everybody tried to find the camel they had come on. Amazing how quickly emotional attachments form. Found out later about half the group had given their camels names, no doubt completely different from the last person that had ridden them :-D

Up into the dunes from the camp and reached a ridge where we stopped and waited for the first sign of the sun. Was taking photos in the early light and the camera batteries went. Tried changing them, but not easy on a camel so most were done on my phone ;-) Improvisation is everything.

Suddenly the sun started to appear in the grey light and the landscape stated to change. It was great to watch. with the sun rising above us it was tme to move on and head back to the ho(s)tel and a chance to clean up and get breakfast.

Colours Change
Were back there for about 7-30am . Talking in the group after we had come off the camels, and everybody agreed that while we had all shuffled about trying to get comfortable on the way out, nobody bothered on the way back. There is no point :-D

Even that early in the morning the heat was building up. Must have had 6 glasses of ice cold fresh orange juice with breakfast. I just had pancakes, though there was other stuff available. Then onto the bus for what was going to be a long day travelling. Firstly though, the 4 Spanish boys and Kwan,from HK, had requested to be dropped off at the bus station in Rissani, from where they were going to get a bus to Fes, rather than travel all the way back to Marrakech.

Looks like an atom bomb going off
Good tip for those needing to make the absolute maximum of their time. We were there by 9am and the coach driver was over to load their bags as we got a few last photos of the group. Waved as we all parted and then we stopped a few yards up the road to stock up with drinks. 

For everything good there is usually a price to pay, and we were about to pay it. Bus drove all the way to Ouarzazate before we stopped and had lunch there. On the ground and a chance to look about, it was actually a nicer town than it had looked passing through it on the way out. Back on board we stopped off at a supermarket and restocked the drinks, and a few of us bought ice cream, which eating at that time of day is more of a time challenge.

Sky brightening

It was still 400km from Ouarzate to Marrakech and we drove with just one more stop in the Atlas Mountains, at a cafe there. It was a long haul but most of us that were left used it as a chance to catch up on some shut eye :-). Arrived back in Marrakech about 8pm and were dropped of back at the Suitehotel and checked in again,and had to fill in all the forms again.

My son and I headed into town to change some more money, while the ladies got scrubbed up. We were meant to be back at the hotel for 9-30, by which time we were still in the Jaama El Fna. Sunday was even busier than the other nights we had been up, and there were a lot more families out strolling and at points we were barely able to walk heel-toe. We were probably an hour later getting back to the hotel,and met wife and daughter in the bar lounge.

Up A Bit
As a second option, from going into the squar,e one of the restaurants round the corner had been reccomended ( by an American teacher that had lived in Marrakech for 2 years, another story :-D ) but after 3 days travelling I wanted a beer first. As we sat with the beer nobody could be bothered moving. I'd had a look at the food in the fridges, and we decided since the wee fella was knackered that we would just grab some sandwiches, have a couple more beers and then have an earlyish night.

Next day saw us start the return leg of our journey and we had a train to catch to Casablanca at 9am 

 

 

Dr_Seuss says:
Thanks sarah, was a great trip, and the kids loved it.
Posted on: Jan 02, 2010
sarahsan says:
Amazing colours on your desert photos!
Posted on: Jan 02, 2010
sclark521 says:
The pics are amazing!! I know your kids will have a lot to tell about their summer!! Nice blog, and I will definitely keep reading! I feel like I'm there with you guys!!!
Posted on: Aug 08, 2009
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Early light
Early light
Colours Change
Colours Change
Looks like an atom bomb going off
Looks like an atom bomb going off
Sky brightening
Sky brightening
Up A Bit
Up A Bit
Sun arise, early in the morning :-D
Sun arise, early in the morning :-D
Brightening up
Brightening up
Shadows
Shadows
Its actually harder than it looks…
It's actually harder than it look…
Ho(s)tel
Ho(s)tel
Pool and breakfast area
Pool and breakfast area
Group splitting at Rissani Bus Sta…
Group splitting at Rissani Bus St…
Ouarzazate
Ouarzazate
Differnet View, (Ibis Hotel sticki…
Differnet View, (Ibis Hotel stick…
Ouarzazate Film Museum
Ouarzazate Film Museum
New Kasbah
New Kasbah
Back Over The Mountains
Back Over The Mountains
Atlas Mountains
Atlas Mountains
View from the room, 24hr police pr…
View from the room, 24hr police p…
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