“Marrakech to Tangier” Everardt’s photos around Tangier, Morocco (white slaves sold in tanger)

Preview of Everardt's blog at TravelPod. Read the full blog here: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/everardt/3/1215175620/tpod.html This blog preview was made by TravelPod using the TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow creator. Entry from: Tangier, Morocco Entry Title: "Marrakech to Tangier" Entry: "We arrive in Marrakech and head straight for the Hotel du Tresor in the medina. It has been reccommended to us by Lisa, an Australian woman who is a friend of a friend of Alison's, and who has been in Marrakech for a few weeks, staying at a clients' house (Lisa teaches yoga). The Hotel du Tresor is an oasis in noisy and exciting Marrakech - there is a small courtyard with a small lap pool, every bedroom has been beautifully and uniquely decorated, and breakfast is on the rooftop, lounging around on sofas and looking out over the city. Our first night we make a beeline for Djemma el Fna, the vast central square of Marrakech. It's a site to behold - the whole square is thick with smoke from the scores of open air restaurants and foodstalls making every variety of food (snail soup, grilled meats and fish, egg sandwiches, etc), there are musicians, story-tellers, snake-charmers, etc. Next day we meet up with Lisa and she took us around to some of her favorite places and through the souks, and we ended up having a 2-hour session at a hammam. What a wonderful experience - you wash yourself down, then go into a steam room, then get rubbed down and massaged with an abrasive, then slathered in argan oil from head to foot and massaged again, then coated in seaweed and trussed up in plastic for half an hour, before finally washing it all off, and going to a relaxation room where you are served mint tea. Definitely a good sleep that night. The next day Lisa invited us to the house where she is staying, which turns out to be a luxurious villa and associated guest quarters set in acres of garden. A great breakfast has been set up in a pavilion and we lounge about eating fresh fruit, going for dips in the pool (there are several), sunbaking, walking around the grounds, eating a delicious lunch served by servants, drinking wine, etc. After 2 weeks of harsh desert conditions it's most welcome. I decide to make up for all this unexpected luxury living by climbing Jebel Toubkal, Morocco's highest mountain at 4,167 metres. I set off next day, driving up into the High Atlas to a mountain village called Imlil (1740 metres), and set off for the 4-5 hour hike up to the Toubkal Refuge at around 3200 metres. Next morning all my room mates in the dormitory leave about 5am to see the sunrise but I sleep in until about 9am and take off alone up the track. I don't have a map with me (you've heard this before :) although I do have half a litre of water and a hat (and gloves and a light jacket). I follow a well-defined track for some time then climb a very steep zig-zag path to a pass from where I have a great view into the next valley which has a beautiful lake far below. However there are much higher mountains all around and I don't know which one is Toubkal. I spend the next 2-3 hours climbing a huge rocky outcrop above me then descending down treacherous scree slopes and over a snowy area and across a fast flowing stream to another path, then climbing to another pass, and climbing another mountain to a summit of shattered rock. I am at around 4000 metres judging by the other mountains around and I am feeling the combination of altitude, lack of water, lack of food (haven't eaten anything all ay), heat (the sun is scorching down, and the wind is so strong it has blown my hat away and has ripped another button off ..." Read and see more at: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/everardt/3/1215175620/tpod.html Photos from this trip: 1. "Courtyard of Hotel du Tresor, Marrakech" 2. "Breakfast on rooftop, Hotel du Tresor, Marrakech" 3. "Alison eating a snail, Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech" 4. "Snail soup vendor, Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech" 5. "Djemaa el Fna by night, Marrakech" 6. "View over Marrakech by night" 7. "Alison at entrance to house, Marrakech" 8. "Entrance path to house, Marrakech" 9. "Breakfast alcove at house, Marrakech" 10. "Alison and Lisa having breakfast, Marrakech" 11. "Two mermaids, house at Marrakech" 12. "View from breakfast alcove, Marrakech" 13. "Being showered by mermaid, Marrakech" 14. "Main pool, house in Marrakech" 15. "Two women lying down, Marrakech" 16. "Berber tent on manicured lawn, Marrakech" 17. "Lisa and lunch spread, Marrakech" 18. "Living area 1, house in Marrakech" 19. "Living area 2, house in Marrakech" 20. "Covered souk, Marrakech" 21. "Shoe shop, Marrakech" 22. "Marrakech by night 2" 23. "Market near Asni on way to the High Atlas, Morocco" 24. "Town near Imlil, High Atlas" See this TripWow and more at http://tripwow.tripadvisor.com/tripwow/ta-00c0-2abc-efb9?ytv4=1