Today’s itinerary will be the highlight of our trip. We are heading into the Sahara desert and camping there for one night. Winny has adored the world famous book “Little Prince” when she was 8 and she has looked forward to staying in the Sahara desert ever since. Spending a night at the Sahara desert tonight will be a dream come true for her and I will be following her into the desert to look for the “Little prince”.
Skoura: A night’s stay at Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944) film location
After we finished touring Aït Benhaddou we drove another few hours and end our night at Skoura. Our accommodation for the night was a boutique hotel called Espace Kasbah Amridil- 300 year old Kasbah! It was actually the filming location for a classic film called “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” back in 1944! Even though I have never seen the movie before, but I was very familiar with the tale from Arabian nights.
Our Journey towards Sahara Desert- First stop: Aït Benhaddou
Aït Benhaddou is an UNESCO World Heritage 30km from Ouarzazate. It is a traditional city on the edge of the High Atlas Mountains. It is one of my favourite places in Morocco, we actually didn’t know about this place until we arrived. Many Hollywood films were filmed here including Gladiator, The Mummy, Prince of Persia, Game of Thrones, etc just to name a few. It felt like a movie set than an actual World Heritage Site!
What to Eat in Marrakech?
Ever since I came back from Morocco, I have always wanted to show people what to eat in Marrakech. Discovering what to eat there was the highlight of our trip, since both York and I love to eat! Djeemma El-Fna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Marrakech is one of the busiest squares in Africa, filled with exotic food! York and I came here specifically to try the lamb head, snails and other weird things you can’t find else where in the world!
Essaouira: Our Seafood Heaven in Morocco
Essaouira is one of our highlights in Morocco. York and I both love seafood and Essaouira has plenty of them. Essaouira is a small coastal town that became a UNESCO World Heritage listed city in 2001 due to its significance in history and culture. Spain, France, Netherland and England all wanted to take over this place. It is a popular destination for Morrocans to have their honeymoon, however we did not find romance here, we found what we love the most- abundant of fresh, cheap seafood!
What to wear when visiting a Muslim country?
Today we are going to talk about what to wear in Morocco as a female traveller as well as other Muslim countries. Due to culture differences, women are still considered as more inferior to men. Therefore it is important to dress modestly to avoid being viewed as prostitutes. Many Moroccan women still wears veil to cover up their face, especially in more rural regions. Larger cities like Marrakech and Casablanca, many women dresses more modern and less conservative. However I believe when travelling, it is important to respect the locals and learn about their cultures. Hence it is best to wear clothes that covers the “private” parts, such as both legs and shoulders.