Thursday, March 22, 2012

Vacation 2011 Day 13 through Kelaa M'Goun


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As we approached the town of Kelaa M'Gouna it became more and more built-up.

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The floodplain of the river was green with trees and irrigated fields and tons of birds made more noticeable by the birdwatchers among the group. Lots of palms, barley, lima beans etc and a lot of red poppies scattered among the barley...

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The town itself was incredibly busy and noisy, quite startling after a week in the wide-open spaces of the high country we had spent the last week in. We visited a hammam, a public bath and later sat in a sidewalk eatery for lunch before heading out of town into the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and the Valley of the Roses.

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The Draa Valley is home to thousands of kasbah ruins, some of them quite large.

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That evening we stayed in a gite in a village. The next few days through the Valley of the Roses will be greener, wetter, and more inhabited than the Jebel Sahro....

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