RUINS TO RICHES
IN OUR LAST DAY

There's so much I love about being among the ruins of Rome, as they stretch across the continents. Amazingly, there were storks among the ruins as well.

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A WALKING TOUR
THROUGH THE MEDINA

Just like Marrakech, the souks in Fes were windy, narrow and bustling. We visited artisans practicing their various crafts, from weaving to tanning to mosaics.

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BARBARY MACAQUES
ON THE ROAD

Before reaching Fes, we passed through a forest in the middle Atlas where, quite suddenly, Ismail spotted some Barbary macaques.

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DESERT DEPARTURE
AS THE SUN RISES

We were the last ones to leave our encampment, just a couple of us, and our jeep was packed to the brim with the Berber folks who worked with us. They even climbed on the side.

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ON THE EDGE
OF THE SAHARA

The Sahara started as a faint orange on the horizon. There's someplace that deserts have to start, and I guess this was it.

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WATCHER ON
THE ROAD

The sheer cliffs and rocky river of the sparse Dadès Gorge had little traffic. The sun was setting, and there was an immense quietude.

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DESCENT AMONG
THE KASBAHS

Once a prominent caravan stop, now only eight Berber families remain living inside the ancient fortress walls. They are the caretakers.

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WALKING THROUGH
A CRUMBLING IGHREM

When we reached the top, you could see the painted hills all around us and just marveled at where we were standing, looking at the new town across the river.

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FROM THE MOUNTAINS
TO THE DESERT

The high Atlas Mountains were sparse and dusty, with a lot of construction work and a caravan of vehicles trekking up and up.

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SUNBURNT TOMBS
AND MINT TEA

Eventually, the swallows swam around us as the evening prayer was marked by the mosque loudspeakers across the entire city.

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VIEWS OF THE
GRANDER PALACE

Some courtyards were lush and overrun with plant life -- others were massive and bare, yet still tiled in greens and blues.

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EXPLORING THE RUINED
KORANIC SCHOOL

For four hundred years, the voices of 900 Marrakech children reverberated against the Moorish architecture of the Koranic school.

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DEEP BLUE
GARDEN TONES

Far outside the city center in the newer part of Marrakech, is the Jardin Majorelle, a garden built in the 1900s and later bought by Yves Saint-Laurent.

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IN AND OUT OF
THE SOUKS

The Souks dominate Marrakech life. They are markets, homes, shops. Over the course of a couple of days, we wound in and out of them.

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ANGLES OF A
RUINED PALACE

The "incomparable" Palais el-Badi was once a wonder of the Muslim world. Today - and since 1683 - the palace has lain in ruins.

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THE STORKS WHO
RULE MARRAKECH

We were amazed when we sat down on the third story of Cafe Restaurant Nid Cigogne near Palais el-Badi and looked across the square. A stork's nest.

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MORNING WALK
OUT THE CITY

In the middle of the Souks in Marrakech, our peaceful, tiled riad was a sanctuary. From the rooftop terrace, we could see the entire city.

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