Today's the day! My camel trek into the Red Dunes ofErg Chebbi - part of the Western Sahara and the tallest sand dunes in Morocco.
Today we will climb into the Middle Atlas Mountains to see wild monkeys, and to a kasbah in Merzouga, at the edge of the Western Sahara.
Fez is the second oldest city in the world after Jerusalem. It lays claim to the first psychiatric and surgical hospitals, the oldest university and library (coincidentally, founded by a woman) and the world's 3rd largest mosque.
Volubilis was a caravansary for the Berbers and the capital of Mauritania, before becoming an important Roman outpost in the 2nd century BCE. It marked the furthest reach of the Roman Empire into Africa.
Nearing sunset, a pale blue and white landscape comes into view. It's Chefchaouen, a mountain community built in 1471 to repel the Portuguesse. Photo credit: Mark Charteris.
We arrive in Rabat, founded in the 10th century, now the second largest metropolis in Morocco. We drive along the crenelated wall of the Kasbah of the Oudaias and walk through the medina to our riad.
Today we visit to the Municipal Building - a miniature version of the Lion Courtyard from the Alhambra (which cracked me up after seeing the original in Granada). Afterwards, Doug took me to a nearby souk where I begin to build my Moroccan wardrobe.