After the Sahara, we drove 7 hours north to Fes, an ancient city still rooted in rich history. There are over 4000+ streets that wind to create a labyrinth in the car-less Medina, where 90,000 people still live riding donkeys down the streets, artisans tirelessly create their work in small shops, and markets abound with goods down all the streets. While it was rainy and cold during our three days in Fes (fluke Moroccan weather), we still loved our time here and prided ourselves in not getting lost through the maze!

We stayed at the Riad Anata, which was just absolutely charming and reminded me of a little Kimpton hotel. We saw what hard work it is to make/tan leather at one of the most famous tanneries (using pigeon poop to clean and soften the leather!), and took a 7 hour cooking class that made us appreciate all the intricacies and time of Moroccan cuisine. Fes is a must-stop on your Moroccan itinerary!


Our 8 hour journey to the Sahara from Marrakech was quite an adventure through all the microclimates. One hour it was sunny, the next we were high up in the snow-capped Atlas Mountains (me wearing my sandals unprepared). On the way we stopped by the town of Ouarzazate, a UNESCO World Heritage Site now a movie set - where Gladiator was filmed and where Khaleesi freed the slaves in Game of Thrones!

Our guide Hassan, a native Berber, even took us to his mother's house where she made us the most delicious couscous, a Moroccan staple. Hassan's family were nomads up until he was seven (he was born in a tent), when they moved to the closest nearby town and he started school. 

The desert was truly an incredible place. Some of the highlights of this trip were definitely walking barefoot in the dunes of the Sahara and our camel ride to the camp. It's interesting to note all the different shades of the sand depending on the angle you were facing and what time of day it was. Considering we were in the middle of the desert, I was also so impressed with the fact that we had running water and even electricity fueled by solar panels! Watching the sunset and sunrise in the Sahara was definitely something we will never forget.