Julie Paterson from Venus Adventures travel for Women writes:
Salam from Morocco!
Well, we have just completed another 14-day extravaganza of Morocco and thought you might enjoy a few photos!
Highlights of the trip were riding camels across the orange dunes of the Sahara whilst the sun set in the distance and then sleeping under an African sky, hiking up into the Atlas mountains to stay in the basic home of a Berber family and see how they live, experiencing the old medinas of Fez and Marrakech, meeting lots of friendly locals including Nezha who is a Moroccan 5W member (5W = Women Welcome Women Worldwide, an international hosting network) who lives in Fez and joined us for dinner one night. It was great to meet Nezha, who is an English teacher at the American school in Fez, and to learn more about Moroccan life from her.
The Morocco trip is all about experiencing the variety of local cultures from the desert tuaregs to the mountain Berbers, having some great little adventures (hiking, riding camels) and of course lots of fun! In Morocco “fun” for my Venus girls usually involves spending every free minute in the souq (market) haggling for beautiful handmade exotic goodies – no one seems to have any trouble finding their “inner shopaholic” in Morocco, because the shopping is so irresistible! You can see them in the pictures wearing beautiful caftans, jewellery etc. below.
The over-stimulation caused by shopping/sightseeing was always balanced with pre-dinner drinks at “gin o’clock”, where we would get together and recount tales of the days events and haggling experiences, and show-off new purchases.
We also celebrated a 50th birthday on the trip, with dinner at our Moroccan guides house and live Berber music and dancing– great fun!
XMAS SHOPPING TRIPS TO MARRAKECH
In response to the demand to shop, if anyone is interested in a 5 day Christmas shopping spree trip to Marrakech and Essaouira, we are offering the following programme. You choose the dates, we arrange all the rest . Price is Euro 500 per person and includes everything (hotels, transport, meals, shopping guide etc) all you need to pay for in addition is your flight, travel insurance and shopping), and the trip will run with a minimum of 2 people. Contact Julie for more info