Rock the Kasbah at Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, near Ouarzazate, Morocco

Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, near Ouarzazate, Morocco

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About a 30-minute drive from Ouarzazate, Morocco, or a long day-trip from Marrakech, Ait Ben Haddou is a fortified village (ksar) in south-central Morocco. It’s only one of many ksars built by the indigenous Amazighen (Berbers) in the area, but, thanks to its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a setting for a long list of Hollywood films, this ksar, unlike its fellows, is well preserved. It sits in the southern foothills of the High Atlas Mountains on the old trade route between the Sahara desert and Marrakech. Continue reading

NAME THAT COUNTRY

This local gentleman, helping a Ya’lla traveler scale a sand dune, wears the traditional blue robe and scarf of indigenous Saharan groups. They are commonly called “blue men” because the natural indigo dye rubs off, leaving them with permanently blue tinted skin.

 

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NAME THAT COUNTRY

Ait Ben Haddou, in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, is one of many old Berber fortified towns or kasrs in the south of our mystery country, a good example of the earthen architecture of the region. The large houses within the kasr are known in Arabic as kasbahs and small houses are ksour. You might recognize Ait Ben Haddou from these films (among many others): Gladiator, The Mummy, Kingdom of Heaven, Lawrence of Arabia, Alexander, Prince of Persia. Game of Thrones too!

 

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NAME THAT COUNTRY Episode 7

The answer to the last episode (Episode 6) is: MOROCCO.
Clue 1 – Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
Clue 2 – Sahara Desert
Clue 3 – Ait Ben Haddou in Ouarzazate

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Now for this episode –

All the clues in this post refer to one Ya’lla Tours destination: Bahrain, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Turkey, or United Arab Emirates.

We’ll show you images of popular tourist sites in our mystery country, along with descriptions of those sites. Continue reading

Foto(shop) Friday – Morocco 2

Here are a few more of my low quality images of Morocco redeemed by Photoshop filters. If you like these, there are more here.

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

The leather works in the Fez medina; it's meant to look like it smells.

The leather works in the Fez medina; it’s meant to look like it smells.

in the medina of Fez

in the medina of Fez

Ait Ben Haddou kasbah near Ouarzazate

Ait Ben Haddou kasbah near Ouarzazate

the Draa Wadi Valley

the Draa Wadi Valley

the Koutoubia Minaret, Marrakech

the Koutoubia Minaret, Marrakech