As a cartoonist with a penchant for storytelling, my recent 8-day vacation through Morocco was nothing short of a visual feast. This journey, spanning from Marrakech to Casablanca, unfolded a narrative that transcended the vibrant landscapes and rich cultural tapestry. Join me as I share my encounters and the inspiration gained during this exploration of the Moroccan desert.
Day 1 to Day 2: Marrakech, Morocco
Stepping off the plane in Marrakech, the scent of adventure and spices immediately embraced me. The city’s pulsating energy served as the perfect launchpad for my Moroccan escapade. A guided tour led me through Jemaa El Fna Square, its snake charmers and storytellers weaving tales that would rival any fable.
The historical monuments, such as Koutoubia Mosque and Bahia Palace, stood as living testaments to Morocco’s rich past. With the afternoon free, I explored the Menara Gardens, sipping tea on terraces that overlooked the city’s enchanting chaos.
Day 3: Marrakech - Dades, Morocco
Embarking on the road to Dades, we visited the iconic Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The journey unfolded through Berber villages, revealing landscapes adorned with palm trees, Kasbahs, and Ksours. In Dades, the fortified village held tales etched in its walls, and the day concluded with a canvas of stars overhead, setting the stage for the days to come.
Day 4: Dades - Merzouga, Morocco
Traversing the Dades Gorges and Todra, we sampled the delectable ‘Berber pizza’ in Erfoud. Our desert adventure commenced in Merzouga, where camel treks led us through the mesmerizing dunes of Erg Chebbi. A night in a nomadic camp under the star-studded Sahara sky, accompanied by local music and flavors, painted an indelible picture of the desert’s enchantment.
Day 5: Merzouga - Fez, Morocco
A dawn rendezvous with the sunrise over the desert marked the beginning of our journey to Fez. En route, we passed through captivating towns like Erfoud and Errachidia Shara, explored cedar forests to spot cheeky monkeys, and paused in Ifran, the ‘Switzerland of Morocco.’ The day culminated in the labyrinthine streets of Fez, a city draped in history and tradition.
Day 6 to Day 7: Fez, Morocco
Guided explorations of Fez immersed me in its medieval Medina, revealing the allure of Andalusian neighborhoods, historic mosques, and the oldest university in the region, Al Qaraouine. A deeper dive into historical sites unfolded as we visited Volubilis, the ancient capital, and the iconic gate of Bab El Mansour in Meknes. The days in Fez offered a tapestry of historical wonders.
Day 8: Fez - Casablanca, Morocco
As the adventure drew to a close, we embarked on the final leg to Casablanca. The possibility of visiting the Hassan II Mosque awaited, a fitting end to a journey rich in cultural resonance. With a heart brimming with stories, I bid farewell to Morocco, my artistic senses awakened and ready to translate this voyage into captivating tales of nature, history, and the enchanting desert landscapes.
Morocco, with its kaleidoscopic blend of landscapes and cultural gems, has left an indelible mark on my artistic soul. This journey, from the bustling markets of Marrakech to the tranquil deserts of Merzouga and the historical tapestry of Fez, has fueled my passion to tell better stories about nature. The intricacies of Morocco’s nature and history have become the ink and colors with which I’ll weave tales that transcend borders and time. As I board the flight home, I carry not just memories but a newfound inspiration to craft narratives that capture the essence of this mesmerizing expedition.
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Guest post written by Bobby Wills
Meet Bobby Wills, a whimsical cartoonist whose love for drawing is only surpassed by his passion for travel.