The Road of 1,000 Kasbahs


Approaching a kasbah near Boulmane du Dades.

Approaching a kasbah near Boulmane du Dades.

We left the Sahara (and our beloved camels) behind to head back into the Reg (stony desert) and in search of the Road of 1,000 Kasbahs. After our camel trekking and sleeping in a tent in the Sahara we were both exhausted and nigh on death. Abdellah picked up on this and got us to a hotel in Boulmane du Dades. It was wonderful to rest up there.

Our itinerary says “Travel as the nomads did along the rugged road of a thousand kasbahs.” I couldn’t help but wonder what color their Hyundai van was. Ours is silver. At first the road was straight as a stick through the Reg then we came to the High Atlas Mountains. The whole day was filled with beautiful, ochre-colored kasbahs along the road. The road was winding through the mountains and we saw the second highest peak in Africa (after Kilimanjaro). The route is the setting for many major motion picture productions. We even passed a studio lot that looked like it could be in Culver City.

Kasbah architecture.

Kasbah architecture.

We eventually ended up in the little village of Anrar and the home of Kasbah Omar where we are spending three nights. This place is awesome!!! Mohamad, Kamal, and the gang makes us feel so special and welcome. What is really nice is that Anrar is a real village and my next door neighbors are goats and chickens. If you ever find yourself in this part of the world, I can’t recommend this place enough.

Today, being Saturday, we went to the Saturday Market (I’m pretty sure that’s how it got its name). This was no touristy market or souk in Arabic. It is where locals from miles around come to buy the weeks provisions, catch up on gossip and news, and get a haircut or a tooth pulled. Abdellah insisted that I pay a visit to a barber/dentist for a haircut. He cleaned me up nicely but fortunately left all my teeth intact.

Kasbah residents.

Kasbah residents.

We are now back at the Kasbah relaxing. It’s the first down time we’ve had since beginning this journey and is much appreciated. Alas, one can’t see everything this remarkable country has to offer.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.  Stunning.  Abdellah and I climbed nearly to the top.

Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. Stunning. Abdellah and I climbed nearly to the top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.

Inside kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.

 

Inside kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.

Inside kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typical Kasbah architecture.

Typical Kasbah architecture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Products available for purchase at the Saturday Market in a Berber village.

Products available for purchase at the Saturday Market in a Berber village.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Market

Saturday Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Market

Saturday Market

 

 

Saturday Market

Saturday Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Market

Saturday Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday market

Saturday market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Market

Saturday Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside the kasbah owned by Sir Richard Branson.  Breathtaking.

Inside the kasbah owned by Sir Richard Branson. Breathtaking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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