In February I had the pleasure of staying for 2 weeks at Café Tissardmine*, an artists retreat and guest house, situated in the small village of Tissardmine in the Moroccan Sahara, 30km from Erfoud at the eastern edge of the country. I had traveled there by overnight bus from Casablanca, which meant I could not see the changing scenery, which I had been told was spectacular. So for my trip back I decided to take the long way by day, 11 hours by bus to Marrakesh then a train to Casa
We left Tissardmine at 7:30am, driving 30mins into Erfoud, in time to buy tickets, have some breakfast and make the 9am bus. Well almost, after a small drama that involved a rushed toilet break and a run to catch up with the bus that had taken off without me, I was on my way. For the first few hours I left my camera in its bag, I had thought to just sit back and watch the scenery pass by. After a couple of hours I could no longer resist.
For many hours we drove with a view like this to our left.
On the right we passed by and through many towns and villages. As I mentioned in a previous entry, there is a lot construction going everywhere in Morocco. The new grey concrete makes a stark contrast to the rammed earth construction of the Kasbahs.
At around 4:30pm we started to climb up into the mountains that had been on our left for most of the day, passing more picture book villages nestled into crevices.
At 5pm we were high enough to see snow and soon after the clouds cleared providing photo opportunities worthy of an Apple screen saver.
With the day drawing to a close we started our descent down the winding roads and I took my final images in the fading light.
Arriving in Marrakesh just after 8pm, I went straight to the train station and caught the next train to Casa arriving there at around midnight. In one day I had traveled from the rocky desert, along green valleys filled with palm trees, through snow-capped mountains to arrive back at the Atlantic Ocean. I was home in Casa, travel weary and in love with this land.
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* Café Tissardmine is a magical place – get there if you can! http://www.cafetissardmine.com/