CHOCOLATE & WHISKEY
CHOCOLATE & WHISKEY

M A R R A K E S H  &  T H E  A T L A S  M O U N T A I N S 


R U N D O W N

MOROCCO, I WAS FILLED WITH EXCITEMENT ABOUT HEADING INTO THIS COLORFUL AND EXCITING CULTURE. IT WAS MY FIRST TRIP TO AN AFRICAN COUNTRY AND ONE I ALWAYS DREAMT OF. WITH THEIR TEXTILES, DESIGNS, VIVID COLORS OF ART AND FASHION STREAMING ME IN FROM AFAR, I WAS BEYOND EXCITED TO CHECK OUT MOROCCO. I WAS ALSO CAUTIOUS ABOUT THE CURRENT POLITICAL ONGOINGS AS YOU ALWAYS SHOULD AS A GLOBE TROTTER. THERE'S ONE THING I LET MY FRIENDS AND READERS KNOW ABOUT GOING INTO A CONSERVATIVE CITY LIKE MARRAKECH, AND THAT'S TO BE RESPECTFUL OF THEIR WAY OF LIFE. THAT MEANS WOMEN, THIS IS NOT A PLACE WHERE YOU WEAR YOUR DAISY DUKES AND A LACY TANK. THERE ARE PRIVATE HOTELS WHERE YOU ARE FREE TO DO SO. WHEN YOU ARE AWAY FROM YOUR MEDINA OR HOTEL, COVER YOUR SHOULDERS, WEAR LONG SKIRTS OR PANTS AND DO NOT BE SURPRISED IF MEN PLACE ONE HAND OVER THEIR CHEST AND TILT THEIR HEADS. THIS GESTURE IS OF THANKS AND RESPECT. I RECOMMEND PURCHASING ONE OR MANY OF THEIR GORGEOUSLY MADE SCARVES, PLUS IT'S AN EASY ACCESSORY TO DRESS UP ANY OUTFIT.

A T L A S  M O U N T A I N S

Now, I come from the Rocky Mountains. I am and always will be a mountain girl, as much as I love the sea and sand, my home is in the mountains. The Atlas Mountains completely took my breath away, and I only saw a small smidgen of this gorgeous mass of peaks that spread across Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia. The landscapes, the villages, the Berber people, the animals, the smells, everything. This was by far my most memorable moment of the trip and my number one recommendation if and when you visit Morocco. 
We took an all day tour called 'The Three Valleys' with our Scottish friends with a family owned tour called Arib Voyages. Our tour guide who is a Tuareg, The Blue Men of the Sahara, was amazing, full of knowledgable information and willing to go above and beyond what we wished. 
Our day started early as the drive to the Atlas Mountains was about a 30-40 minuets out of Marrakech. Our guide, gave us the opportunity to check out the local farmers market which I warn you is not for the faint of heart but is an incredible experience of how the Berber people collect their food for the week. In this market you can purchase just about anything, from clothing to food to house hold goods, you can even buy or trade your goats. We were told this is usually meant to be the mans job, but you do see more women taking advantage of the changes of time. 
From here we made our way to the start of the Atlas Mountains, but not before we could check off a bucket list must. Lace up the leather boots, cowboy hat on.... wait nope, this horse has a hump. Just a quick 30 minuet detour, I need to have my go at riding a camel!
Back in the Jeep, we began our hike up the incredible, jaw dropping, and winding roads of the Atlas Mountains. Passing villages, Berber's on their donkeys, women carrying sacks their own size of produce up these steep mountain sides wearing just flip flops. We followed the clear, crisp river

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