Valley of Casbahs & Tinerhir, Morocco, Oct 4, 2007

Trip Start Sep 19, 2007
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Trip End Jan 05, 2008


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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Once through Ziz Gorge and over a few spectacularly barren passes we entered the true desert environment and the land of the casbahs, spectacular fortified communal dwellings that I like to call early Berber condominiums.  And not only does the natural landscape in this part of the world resemble that of the American Southwest, but the casbahs bear at least significant superficial semblance to the Native American Pueblos of that region at place like Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon. 
All told our journey through the Middle Atlas, Ziz Gorge, and into the Valley of the Casbahs took much less time than anticipated due to high quality paved roads replacing the gravel tracks since Dave first went through the area four years ago.  Our rapid progress enabled us to have our lunch overlooking the fields and Casbahs of Tinehir, the largest town near the entrance to Todra Gorge, where we were besieged while trying to eat our sandwiches by carpet salesmen and little children begging for bonbons and cadeaux.
 
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