The Gorges: Dades and Todhra

Again, I had no idea that Morocco was so geographically diverse.  We went from seaside to desert (posting those pics later this weekend) to snowy mountains to bright, sunny cities. These pics show our ride through the gorges. We stayed at a wonderful cave hotel called Auberge le Festival. Yes, that’s right – our hotel room was a windowless cave dug into the hillside.  It was absolutely elegant, and the best part was that it was toasty warm without a heater. The bathroom sink top featured wonderful fossils from the region. When we stepped outside our room to go to breakfast the next morning, we were thrilled to be greeted by a large herd of sheep and their friendly shepherd.

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Snug as a bug in a … cave?
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The front door is in the center of the photo. As you can see by the picture of Craig in the next frame, they build things on the small side.
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Low clearance!
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What an incredible vanity top!
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Driving through the gorges was kinda crazy. At points the road bed was flooded. I admit to a certain degree of terror.
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We heard tales of torrential rains that caused flash floods through the gorges. I was grateful we were there in dry season.
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Such a beautiful patio – it would have been nice to sit and enjoy the view, but it was about 35 degrees outside, so this was strictly a snap the pic and run occasion.
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Sheep.
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Sheep!
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More sheep!
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Sheep in profile. Noble!
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Clearly the patriarch of the sheep clan.
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Bringing up the rear was the shepherd.
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A view from the road.

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This Berber shepherd was happy to chat with us, using his few words of English, and we were delighted that he allowed us to photograph him.
This Berber shepherd was happy to chat with us, using his few words of English, and we were delighted that he allowed us to photograph him.

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