Posts by Kathy Dady

Tafraout

Tafraout

When travelling through the Anti-Atlas Mountains, be sure not to miss the hidden gem of the oasis town that is Tafraout. The town itself is pleasant with its wide boulevards, typically Moroccan pink buildings and friendly inhabitants, but the main reason to visit this region is for its dream of a location amongst natural landscapes.

Kathy

The Garden City of Marrakech: Pt 2

The Garden City of Marrakech: Pt 2

In the second part of this blog about the Garden City of Marrakech we now turn our attention to some of the many beautiful palace gardens of the city which are open to the public when visiting the palace buildings. Then we head out of the city to gardens located beyond the old city walls. It’s lovely to visit these gardens - such a difference to the arid nature of the desert and Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp!

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Kathy

The Garden City of Marrakech: Pt I

The Garden City of Marrakech: Pt I

An unusual title for a blog post from a company operating a desert luxury camp in Morocco you might think—after all, what have gardens got to do with desert camps? Well, many of our guests choose to start their Moroccan adventure in the thriving city of Marrakech. But, you may say, surely Marrakech is renowned for its bustling souk and red buildings, its hive of activity, its historical monuments and friendly people? Yes, you’d be correct in thinking this, but many people are not aware that Marrakech is also the home of beautiful gardens.

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Kathy

Moroccan Rugs: Vintage rugs - Pt 2

Moroccan Rugs: Vintage rugs - Pt 2

In the first part of this blog I talked about how the process of rug-making started in Morocco among tribal women as a result of the abundance of wool available to them from their sheep-herding communities. Weaving was an activity the women could do whilst the men were out working in the fields so as to provide comfort and warmth for their own homes. They also sometimes made rugs as wedding gifts for members of their families.

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Kathy

Moroccan Rugs: An Overview - Pt 1

Moroccan Rugs: An Overview - Pt 1

When asked to write a blog about Moroccan rugs for Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp Morocco, it was difficult for me to know where to start. I’ve had a keen interest in Moroccan rugs for several years now and the more I study their background, the more I appreciate the creativity involved in producing them.

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Kathy

It's all about the Food! - Part 2

It's all about the Food! - Part 2

Having already taken into account the two main staple foods of Morocco, namely tagine and couscous, with all their variations in recipe, we move on to the lesser known foods eaten locally. Cuisine in North Africa is very varied - although one would be led to believe by recipe books and magazines that tagine and couscous are the only things eaten by Moroccan people. Let’s explode a few myths.

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Kathy

It's all about the Food! - Part 1

It's all about the Food! - Part 1

Often cited as being the gateway between Africa and Europe, Morocco has garnered an excellent reputation for its cuisine, and blending its traditional Moroccan cooking with that of its European counterparts has only served to enhance that reputation. Traditional Moroccan cuisine is a true feast for the senses.

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Kathy

Tamegroute – Is it worth a visit?

Tamegroute – Is it worth a visit?

Our route to M’Hamid el Ghizlane, the doorway to the desert, takes us from Marrakech up over the Tizi n’Tichka mountain pass and down the other side, passing by various villages perched on the neighbouring hillsides. Looking out of the car window, it amazes me how these sandy coloured villages manage to cling on to their respective slopes and don’t slide deep into the valleys below – but still they remain, seemingly defying the laws of gravity.

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Kathy

Desert camels: one hump or two?

Desert camels: one hump or two?

On my first visit to Erg Chigaga, I remember asking our driver, Fattah, how long it would take to get to the camp in our 4x4 from M’Hamid El Ghizlane, anticipating the hot and bumpy journey ahead of me. ‘About 1.5 hours’ was his reply, ‘by camel, 12 hours’. Even with a little room left for exaggeration, I could only imagine how that would feel, sitting on a camel in the blazing sun for hours on end as it lolloped along!

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Kathy

The Tea ceremony: Atay - One lump or two?

The Tea ceremony: Atay - One lump or two?

So, we have our tea tray ready; the teapot takes pride of place, accompanied by decorative glasses, one for each person present at the ceremony and two extra to be used in the ritual, sprigs of mint – or, as is more usual, clumps or even handfuls of this fresh-smelling herb, a sugar cone with hammer and a sugar caddy. The kettle is filled with water and placed on the fire or the brazier to boil.

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Kathy

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The magnificent dunes of Erg Chigaga

The magnificent dunes of Erg Chigaga

Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp from the dunes

Erg Chigaga Luxury Desert Camp from the dunes

A sea of sand

A sea of sand