Worrall Travel R's

Worrall Travel R's
Roz and Russ

Worrall Travel R's - Kicking the Bucket List

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We are the Worrall Travel R's Roz and Russ Worrall. Our goal before we "kick the bucket" is to see as much of the world as we are able, learn about world cultures, experience making friends around the world, and share goodwill and what we learn with others. WE HOPE YOU JOIN US VIA THE BLOG ON OUR TRAVELS.

We started our world travels in 1969 in VW camper van in the USA, Canada, and Europe, but didn't actively blog about our travels until 2009 aboard our sailing vessel SV Worrall Wind, a 44 ft Nauticat Ketch.  On September 5, 2009 we left San Francisco and took a left at the Golden Gate to Explore the World.

From to Sea to Land
After almost 4 years of cruising Mexico and the South Pacific, we sold our beloved boat in Australia, 2013. The Worrall Travel R's are continuing our travels around by many other means of conveyance -boats,trains, planes, sometimes camels, elephants, rickshaws, and hot air balloons.. 

Russ is a retired engineer, optometrist, professor from U.C. Berkeley. Roz is a retired computer programmer/analyst, educator, (teacher, administrator, professional developer). 

Our Mantra:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~ Mark Twain

Friday, September 23, 2016

Contrasting Morocco, Friday, WTRD 45, Friday, Sep 23, 2016

Erfoud - Fez, Contrasting Morocco

Today will be a very, very long day of driving in Morocco. We travel from the desert in the south

towards the Mediterranean in the north, leaving early and arriving late in Fez. The farther north we drive we will cross mountains away from sand dunes into greener Mediterranean climate.  We are thankful to not be on the backs of camels.

From the Desert in Lower Right to Fez on the Top
We drive through Aurfaus, in the Ziz Valley, an important city for date farmers. Date palms and figs are grown here, and dried on the flat top roofs and stone terraces. It is the beginning of the date harvest.

Our guide shares some dates with us and tells us that milkshakes made from dates and almonds or avocado and oranges are specialties.

Driving upward, we crisscross over the Ziz river many times, and drive close to the mountains that border Algeria. Errachidia is a large government, university, and military city. Russ reminds me that Algeria is where Boka Haram stole so many girls for Islamist rebels. The police and some of the soldiers are armed as they walk about.

The government buildings vary in color from the rose sand to soft yellows, browns and beiges. The city is filled with green parks and grassy areas.

We glimpse military trucks behind the walls of the installations. And we glimpse gates into the old medina (old walled city).

 There is a contrast between old and new.

Once we leave the modernity of the city, the land is once again arid and dry, and the villages are tattered and rural, Our guide shares some dates with us and tells us that milkshakes made from dates and almonds or avocado and oranges are specialties. Our little caravan is on a paved road today, but this is the main trading route for centuries from Timbuktu to Casablanca. Casablanca is the most modern, economically rich city in Morocco,

The terrain changes from desert to rock as we snake up the road of the Middle Atlas Mountains

Morocco needs rain and snow

to oak to cedar

to apple

to nomadic grazing land where we meet some local nomads
Nomad sheep herder encampment

Sheep and Turkeys in the Background
and forests in which the macaque monkeys live and tigers and elephants have vanished,

Cities change in character with tiled peaked roofs as a tourist destination for the rich.

We stop for noon noon (Moroccan coffee), afternoon snack, and a walk in the park in Afran to see the famous lion statue carved from a natural sandstone rock. It is a nice refreshment after our long ride.

We arrived in Fez about 5:30, and are staying in a very modern hotel. The city of Fez was named after the hat as this was the place where the Turkish Fez was manufactured. Both Ali and Abdul are home here in Fez.

It is Friday evening. People are out and about waiting for the sun to go down, the last call to prayer of the day, and then being with their families.

Our guide and driver look forward to going home to be with their families and going to the Mosque. We will see them again in the morning.

All is well with the Worrall Travel Rs in Fez, Morocco

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